Wednesday, October 19, 2011

'The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow'

What a fun day!  We started it early, with our friends, Leah and Lucy, on route to Atlanta for the Center for Puppetry Arts' production of 'The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow.'

For our picnic lunch in Atlanta, I made the 'Toasted Cheese Jack-o'-Lanterns' out of our Halloween: Food, Fun & Crafts magazine, 2008, Vol. 8, No. 1, page 53.  For it, I used slices of bread, butter, honey ham, and sharp cheddar cheese, plus a little help from my trusty paring knife.  First, you preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Next, you spread butter on each of your bread slices and place each slice, buttered side down, onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  On half of your bread slices, put your ham, topped with a cheese slice.  With the other half of your bread slices, use your paring knife to cut jack-o-lantern faces, like below.  Bake about 10 minutes or until your cheese is melted.  Remove from the oven and immediately turn your jack-o-lantern bread slices over on top of the covered slices of bread.  Your faces should be golden brown.
 Yum!
I also made the 'Snack-o-Lanterns,' as seen in Family Fun magazine, October 2009, page 58.  For each, you need one navel orange, some fruit to fill it with (I used canned fruit in pear juice, plus some chopped up orange from hollowing each out), and a green plastic spoon.  First, use a paring knife to cut off the top of your orange like you would a pumpkin.
 Clean the fruity flesh away from the top and make a slit in the center with your knife.  Insert your spoon, like below.  The spoon will be your jack-o-lantern's stem, as well as your eating utensil.
 Next, using your knife and a spoon, hollow out your orange.
 Once cleaned out, carve facial features into your orange to resemble a jack-o-lantern.
 Fill each orange with your fruit and replace the lid.  Very cute!
Spooky!
For dessert, I made the girls 'Funny Bones,' also seen in Family Fun magazine (I'm not sure of which issue, as I tore out the page and it wasn't listed on it) using pretzel sticks (about 35), mini marshmallows (about 70, two for each pretzel stick), white chocolate, and wax paper.  (The article calls for a half package (7oz.) of white meltable candy wafers, but to save myself a trip to the craft store, and money, I just settled for this 6oz. package of Baker's white chocolate baking squares, already at the grocery store with the other things I needed.)
 First, break your pretzel sticks into various lengths (some long, some short), and insert each end into a marshmallow so that its flat sides are parallel to the pretzel (sort of resembling a barbell).
 Next, melt your chocolate according to the package instructions.  (Mine easily melted in the microwave.)  One by one, drop each pretzel stick into your chocolate to coat it.  Lift it out with a fork, gently tapping it to remove any excess.  Place onto your wax paper to harden.
 'Funny Bones!'
Once they had hardened, I put them in little treat bags for our Halloween picnic.  We were all so excited about the day!
We started our adventure working on our horse rod puppet in the Create-A-Puppet Workshop.
 Creating ...
 Lucy, with her horse and its bridle she worked so hard on!
 Leah, ready to put on a puppet show!
 And Mags, with the snazziest horse I've ever seen!
 Then, before the production, we perused the museum.  Here, Maggie and Lucy are putting on a show using these dinosaur puppets behind a screen.  (I then remembered that no photography is allowed in the museum, so this is the only picture you get to see.)
 Later, after the show (which was really cute!), because it was so chilly outside, we set up our picnic in the center's events room.
 Leah, chomping on one of her 'Funny Bones!'
Is it any surprise that they were the biggest hit of our Halloween-themed picnic?

Today, we also:
Daily (Calendar/Weather):
1.  We completed our calendar activities, putting today's date up on the calendar, and discussing the month, what day of the week it is, what season, and what kind of weather we're having.
Bible Study:
1.  We completed the daily devotion out of our God and Me book, for today's date -- 'Thank You!' about the importance of gratitude.  Then, we read Psalm 136:1-9 and 23-26 together.
Eat Better, Eat Together Month:
1.  We read Grains by Emily K. Green.
2.  We completed pages 6-7 and 8-9 of our Publix Preschool Pals: Coloring Fun and Activities book, which required her to identify which items she can find in the supermarket and the dinner table, and which of those she cannot.
Halloween:
1.  We read Shel Silverstein's poem, 'Walenda the Witch,' out of his Every Thing On It book, page 136.
2.  We read A Creepy Countdown by Charlotte Huck.
3.  We read Very Scary by Tony Johnston.
4.  We read In a Dark, Dark Wood: An Old Tale with a New Twist by David A. Carter.
5.  We read Poultrygeist by Mary Jane and Herm Auch.
6.  We read The Banshee by Eve Bunting.
7.  We read Who Will I Be? A Halloween Rebus Story by Shirley Neitzel.
8.  We watched the Thomas & Friends: Thomas' Halloween Adventures DVD that we borrowed from the library.
9.  We listened to our Wee Sing for Halloween CD on the way to Atlanta.
Letter Gg Review:
1.  We completed page 7 of our I Can Learn With Pooh: Early Skills: Beginning Sounds workbook, which required her identify words that start with the g sound.
2.  We completed pages 82-83 of our Getting Your Preschooler Ready to Read workbook, which required her to identify objects that begin with the g sound and identify the difference between the hard and soft sounds of g.
3.  We completed page 84 of our Getting Your Preschooler Ready to Read workbook, which required her to identify the beginning sounds for letters Bb through Gg.
4.  We practiced writing lowercase g on page 4 of our Learn with Dick and Jane: lowercase letters workbook.
Math Concepts (Many/Few, More/Less):
1.  We completed the worksheets on pages 18-21 of our Before I Do Math workbook.

Tomorrow, we'll enjoy a much-needed day at home, doing a bit more experimenting with popcorn, enjoying a few more Halloween-inspired treats, and making 'Salt Dough Ghosts' as well as a 'Glue Ghoulery Necklace.' Come back and see us!

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