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Happy Halloween

So this year we had FIVE homemade costumes… I don’t think we have ever had so many to make! Ken and I each had some part in an aspect of each costume. Be it crochet or sewing. I think they turned out rather well and all were done the day BEFORE Halloween!!!IMAG1136

We did a costume try on on Friday in the backyard with out amazing leaves. I was so pleased to see that everything fit well and that the kids were all happy with their costumes.IMAG1146

We have a tiny witch…DSCN1264

DSCN1266Rapunzel…DSCN1267

A triceratops…DSCN1269

An ice wizard…DSCN1272

And a fire wizard…DSCN1274

Ken even made the staffs from the limbs of trees Baba cut down last month.

The hats were all made from the witch’s pattern on crochetspot.com. I have a toddler version up for sale on my Etsy store if anyone is interested HERE.IMAG1138

I used another crochetspot.com pattern for Trinity’s flowers. We sewed those to a fabric headband and then tied ribbons to the back which were braided into her hair.IMAG1140

Ken was 100% in charge of the cloaks! Didn’t he do a great job?IMAG1144

For our resident dinosaur I found a great pattern for a Triceratops hat thanks to Ida Rott HERE. And then Ken made the tail and the gloves with claws. (his overalls outfit thing and Trinity’s dress were lucky Goodwill finds as was Echo’s broom)IMAG1143

I, myself even gave dressing up a go and went as a gamer girl… Ken had to have a photograph… the shirt said Do Not Disturb I am Playing Video Games… I think he just wanted a visual record of the fact I was actually wearing jeans and socks. Men.IMG_20151101_000444

We did our yearly traditional trick or treat with the Novaks and then hang out after. This year we came early and had pizza. The kids had a blast and we came home with WAY TOO MUCH candy!

Jacob and Echo

Jacob and Echo

IMG_2876IMAG1181We did not do a full on Halloween unit this year… what with the printer being mean and refusing to allow the ink to last (we think there may be a leak… devastating for a homeschool family…) and the busy busy life we have had I simply did not have the time. However, we did do some great print outs from Activity Village HERE, and read some amazing books… oh and watched a couple films! So I will share that info below!

Free hot chocolate!

Free hot chocolate!

Movies:

Books:

  • Halloween by Natalie M. Rosinsky HERE
  • Halloween by Mari C. Schuh HERE
  • Halloween and the Day of the Dead Traditions Around the World by Joan Axelrod-Contrada HERE
  • The Story of Halloween by Carol Greene HERE
  • John Pig’s Halloween by Jan L. Waldron HERE
  • Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson HERE
  • Trick or Treat, It’s Halloween by Linda Lowery and Richard Keep HERE
  • H is for Haunted House by Tanya Lee Stone HERE
  • Skeleton Shake by Liz Conrad HERE
  • Halloween Is… by Gail Gibbons HERE

Gavin chose to do a quick fact list on Mummies so he used to following two books for that:

  • Ancient Egyptian People by Sarah McNeill HERE
  • Mummies & Their Mysteries by Charlotte Wilcox HERE
Echo and Zombie Alex

Echo and Zombie Alex

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Kids with their Halloween treats from Gammie and their popsicle stick and yarn spider webs

Kids with their Halloween treats from Gammie and their popsicle stick and yarn spider webs

Pizza!

Pizza!

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St. Patrick’s Day Resources

So with the simplicity of a single entry for all the Platypus and Dr. Seuss resources I figure why not continue the trend? Even if it is not overly helpful to the rest of the world it means I can come back next year and either avoid repeats or recover the treasures with ease. So here goes:

Books:

Worksheets

  • A fun leprechaun and pot of gold dot to dot HERE.
  • St. Patrick’s Day themed addition, where you have to choose the two numbers out of 4 that make the sum HERE.
  • St. Patrick the person worksheet HERE.
  • Christian St. Patrick’s Day worksheets and crafts HERE.
  • St. Patrick’s Day word problems (math) HERE.
  • Story pages HERE.
  • Word search with fun facts HERE.
  • Numbers 1-17 dot to dot HERE.
  • Rainbow maze HERE.

Crafts

  • Templates for pots and shamrocks HERE.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Man craft HERE.
  • Leprechaun paperdolls HERE.
  • Leaping Leprechaun craft HERE.
  • Fingerprint Pot ‘O Gold with printable template HERE.
  • How to Draw a Pot of Gold HERE.
  • Maybe not for the kids, but for the crochet whizz… a Leprechaun hat thanks to CrochetSpot HERE.
  • Shamrock Trinity Craft with a crash course on making something look plaid HERE.
  • Fuse beads/Perler beads patterns HERE.
  • Handprint rainbow HERE.
  • Make a leprechaun trap HERE. We used coloured instead of plain sticks… they were cheaper!!

General Printables

  • St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts HERE.
  • Irish Dancer colouring page. Trinity cut her flag away to just save the dancer HERE.
  • Irish flag HERE.
  • Irish bookmarks HERE.
  • Little book of Irish slang HERE.
  • Map of Ireland HERE.
  • Irish American founding fathers (Irish men who were involved in the signing of the constitution, information and word scramble) HERE.
  • The Ghillie Girls Irish dancers. We needed something all the kids could get in on and with multiple dancers this was perfect HERE.
  • Design an Irish Dancer. The picture is the top left one of the page list HERE. Trinity loved this one, she made herself into a dancer!
  • Colour an Irish Harp HERE.
  • Colour an Irish Princess HERE.
  • Colour a picture all about Hurling a sport rather specific to Ireland HERE.
  • Fun themed labels for gifts by A Cupcake for the Teacher HERE.
  • Celtic Mandala HERE.
Games
  • The Pot of Gold Game, a basic counting game with dice you cut out and assemble HERE.
  • Go Over the Rainbow for St. Patrick HERE.
Information Links
  • Learn about Hurling HERE.
  • All about the Bodhran HERE.
  • All about the Uilleann HERE.
  • Celtic Harp history HERE.
  • Tin whistle HERE.
  • 10 inventions by Irish individuals HERE.

Of course we had to scour youTube for some videos to fit our theme! Here is a selection! Discover Ireland Long Version by Tourism Ireland…

Riverdance for some beautiful Irish dancing… AND a Facebook link HERE of a friend and her troupe as they warm up. Sadly the music playing is live and what they were practicing to was canned music we can’t hear but still… beautiful.

Our focus also fell on Irish instruments… the Bodhran…

The Uillean…

The tin whistle…

and the Celtic Harp…

We only watched the first in the series but there are THREE videos on Hurling to watch by Cokane1888 on youTube.

A New Week A New Theme

For all resource links please check out the entry “Saint Patrick’s Day Resources“.

March 4-5

With the Platypus behind us and Dr. Seuss well celebrated it is time to move onto the next series of themes… World Book Day is the 7th and we are starting to create the pieces for our St. Patrick’s Day poster (17th). With all the resources and options out there for the green themed day I am going to make a specific resource page separate from the weekly entries like I have been doing lately with other subjects.

Because of our busy weekend and the ending of TWO major projects in such great time I decided that we would spend the bulk of our time on Wild Kratts episodes. We got a DVD set from the library and the boys completed FOUR animals!

Pj Wild Kratts day

Crocodile… a surprisingly AMAZING mother!

The beaver… reminiscent of my education in Canada as a child!

Common worm… kinda cool!

Bass

Trinity and Echo have found the joy in playing dress up. I have started our collection of things, old Halloween costumes etc… that is where the crowns will live once the novelty wears off!

Dressed up

Their afternoon was a MINECRAFT afternoon… Minimal arguments and lots of creativity.

Minecraft

Tuesday was a definite snow morning. While not a full out raging storm snow just keeps coming down. Enough that over where the Novaks live it was a snow day, so too bad a weather for Darcy and Aidan to come collect the snow pants that accidentally came home with us Sunday night. Perfect weather for the twins to be in charge of shoveling at least the walk and some of the driveway.

Hard at work

We had a book from NetGalley to review – A Promise is a Promise by Robert Munsch. An absolute favourite Canadian author of ours. You can read the kids’ thoughts on it HERE.

We started our St. Patrick’s Day themed books on Tuesday… Shannon and the World’s Tallest Leprechaun by Sean Callahan.

Starting our books

And… St. Patrick’s Day by Mari. C. Schuh.

Getting into the festive spirit

We have started our worksheets and crafty bits as well. I will go back and link my resources at the top of this blog. If you want a specific link before I do that please feel free to contact me!

Not so physical treasures

Leprechaun paper dolls… I was surprised at how… curvy… the girl was!

So we have started our green phase… I am actually enjoying my hunt for resources. Making these separate blog entries and having it all organized just feels GOOD!

Big smiles and blue eyes