Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sneaky Snakes and ‘Bat-o’-Lanterns’

Happy Thursday, everyone!  I am still in my quest to get our week done by Friday afternoon so we won't have work to do Saturday, so we had another busy day.  Here are some photos:

For our first craft today, in honor of the Adam and Eve story we read in our Bible study, 'The Sneaky Snake' (out of our The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children's Stories, pages 18-25), we made the 'Ribbon Snakes,' as seen at  These would be great to make for a Halloween craft, too, and because you use ribbon, you can make them as scary or innocent as you'd like, depending on your ribbon color.  We went with green with red eyes to make him look a bit dishonest!  For the craft, you'll need about 3 feet of 1.5-inch wide ribbon (in the color of your choice), masking tape, 18-gauge floral wire, a black marker, a thin piece of red ribbon for your serpent's tongue, scissors, a stapler, and something for eyes.  The website recommends adhesive gems which would work great, but I didn't have any red ones, and I wanted to use red, so I used red sequins, adhered with tacky glue.  (Martha has a video tutorial on her site in case you need further instructions than the ones I give you here.)
 First, lay out your ribbon, and lay out a piece of masking tape equal to the length of the ribbon.  Next, cut a piece of your wire to match the lengths of the ribbon and tape and carefully lay it on the center of your tape, against the sticky side, like you see below.
 Once the wire is on the tape, turn the tape over, sticky side down, along the center of your ribbon, being sure to leave about an inch and a half of ribbon free of tape at one end.  Press down to seal the tape along the length of the ribbon, like below.
 Next, take your marker and make small, spaced vertical lines along your tape to appear as the snake's ribbed belly.
 Then, comes the work on the snake's head.  As per the instructions on the site, 'Fold over 1/4 inch at the end of the ribbon [the end you left without tape] and tape down with masking tape.'  After you do that, you make the snake's tongue by cutting about a 3-inch piece of your red ribbon, and cutting a small triangle out of one end to make the tongue pointed.  Referring back to the site's instructions, it states, 'To make the nose, fold in corners at end of ribbon, but don't make a point in the center.  Slide the red tongue ribbon into nose (underneath folded corners.)  Staple the corners and tongue in place with the hooks of the staple facing out (clasping on the right side of the ribbon) to make nostrils.'  Here, you can see the underside of my snake, with the long part of the staple in place.
 And on the upper side, the snake's 'nostrils.'
 Next, 'To define the head, pinch ribbon together a few inches from nose, and staple [underneath] to secure.'  Below, is a photo of the same.
 Here is what your snake should now look like with his head defined.
 Next, add his (or her!) eyes.
Finally, coil him around, using the wire you placed along his length to put him in any position you want.
I think he turned out great!
 For lunch today, I made the parrot lunch as seen in our Funky Lunch book, pages 54-55.  I have since nicknamed it, 'My Carrot Parrot ... A Lunch Gone Wild!'  (I thought that was a bit more catchy!)  To start, I made a half of a simple ham sandwich, cutting a jagged edge out of the bottom left corner.  (I also spread mayo over the top, hoping it would serve as a type of 'glue' for the other ingredients I'd be adding.  I don't know if it worked, but it made me feel better.)
 Next, I added a thin slice of cucumber over the top of my sandwich, cut to fit.
 Then went on thin slices of carrot for my parrot's head.  (I was careful to round them at the top.)
 Then, more cucumber!  I made a wing with a dark, outside slice of the cucumber, and a rounded eye, with a cucumber seed in the center of that.
 Then, more feathers, using provolone cheese, more carrot, and another piece of the dark side of the cucumber for his breast.
 I finished it with yet more feathers, a provolone cheese beak with cucumber nostrils, a carrot foot, and a piece of breadstick for him to perch on.  I then added a small dish of nuts to finish the plate!  I'm really proud of how he turned out!
 Mags was, too!  :)
 For today's journal entry, I asked her, 'If you could spend one day in the rainforest, what would you do?’  She answered, 'I would take care of the sick animals.'  (This picture is of Maggie and Daddy, taking care of a sick monkey.  It's hard to see in yellow!)
 Next, we made the 'Pipe Cleaner Monkeys' as seen at  For each monkey, you need a bumpy pipe cleaner, a regular pipe cleaner, three 1-inch pom poms, smaller pom poms for ears and a nose (not shown here), googly eyes, tacky glue, and scissors.
To make each monkey, cut your bumpy pipe cleaner in half so that each half has two furry bumps on it.  Set one half aside, as you'll only need one for each animal.  Bend your half in the middle, curving the ends for your monkey's feet.  The bumps will be his furry legs.
Next, according to the site's instructions, use your glue 'to secure two 1-inch pom-poms together, sandwiching the legs and a 9-inch length of regular pipe cleaner (for the arms) between them.'  This means you will have to snip a bit off your regular pipe cleaner before using, but I just set the snipped piece aside and used it for the tail.  Your monkey should look like this after the last step.
Monkey bodies, drying ...
Then, it came time to adhere our heads.  Glue your third pom pom onto the monkey's body, for its head, before adding your googly eyes and smaller pom-poms for the ears and nose.  Lastly, adhere your tail (the remaining 3 or so inches from your regular pipe cleaner) to the back of the bottom pom pom using your tacky glue.
Here are our monkeys, drying.  (We ran out of yellow and blue pom poms, so we got creative with our colors!)  Once dry, curl their arms and tails a bit and hook them together if you wish!
What a cute craft!
Then, we moved onto our study of bats.  Here are today's bat facts for you:
1.  One Little Brown Bat can catch as many as 600 mosquitoes in one hour! 2.  According to one of the books we read today, Hello, Bumblebee Bat by Darrin Lunde, bumblebee bats, the smallest bats in the world, are only one inch long and are as light as a dime.
For one of today's bat crafts, we made the 'Let's Make a Bat,' one of the crafts I had photocopied from very long ago from a book we had read together.  Unfortunately, I can't remember the book, and didn't write it down, something I no longer do because of this blog.  Anyway, the craft is cute, so here are the materials you will need:  two white paper cups, tacky glue, black paint, red paint, paintbrushes, black and white cardstock (construction paper is too flimsy), and scissors.
First, you adhere your cups, open side together, with the tacky glue.
Once dry, paint black.
While your paint is drying, cut eyes, ears, wings, and fangs from your cardstock, like below.
Once the black paint on the cup is dry, add a red painted grin, then glue on your paper eyes, ears, fangs, and wings.  Voila!  (Unfortunately, as you can see from the rims of the cups, tacky glue does not accept paint very well.)
Later, we made the 'Bat-o'-Lanterns,' as seen in Family Fun magazine, October 2008, page 82, but as usual, we put our own spin on things.  (The article calls for black duct tape, toothpicks, and wooden skewers.  I just used tacky glue and a little patience.)  For the first step of this project, we painted a small pumpkin black.
Next, while your pumpkin is drying, cut two eyes out of white craft foam, and two ears and two wings out of black craft foam.  Adhere to your pumpkin using your tacky glue.  Here's ours, looking spooky!
Here's a quiz for you ... what do these items have in common?  They all start with the letter Ff, our letter of the week!  We used these items to make uppercase Fs and lowercase fs on the table.
 With flowers ...
 ... feathers ...
 ('Funky, Furry Feather Fs!')
... and forks!
 And, of course, we continued the theme with our afternoon snack ... fruity Ffs!  (This was also thematic with our study of nutrition this week!)

In addition to the above, 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 -- 'A Book of Stories,' about God's book and all the things we learn from it.  Then, we read Mark 6:45-52 together.
World Rainforest Week:
1.  We read The Forest in the Clouds by Sneed B. Collard, III.
2.  We read Nature's Green Umbrella: Tropical Rainforests by Gail Gibbons.
3.  We completed page 19 ('From the Rainforest') of our Rain Forest workbook, which helped her to identify products that we get from the rainforest. 
4.  We completed page 7 ('Colorful Frogs') of our Rain Forest workbook, which required her to count the frogs to complete a bar graph.
Bat Appreciation Month:
1.  We read Little Lost Bat by Sandra Markle.
1.  We read Clifford's Halloween by Norman Bridwell.
2.  We read It's Halloween, Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert.
3.  We read The Trip by Ezra Jack Keats.
4.  We read Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes.
5.  We read No Zombies Allowed by Matt Novak.
6.  We watched the Go Diego Go! Diego's Halloween DVD that we borrowed from the library.
Eat Better, Eat Together Month:
1.  We read Eating Right by Helen Frost.
2.  We read Eating Well by Melanie Mitchell.
3.  We read Healthy Eating by Emily K. Green.
4.  We read Why Must I … Eat Healthy Food? by Jackie Gaff.
5.  We read Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzy Rockwell.
6.  We read Lunch at the Zoo by Brenda Cartee Lee.
7.  We watched the Sesame Street: C is for Cookie Monster DVD that we borrowed from the library.
8.  We watched the Club Claude: More Vegetables Please DVD that we borrowed from the library.
9.  We watched the Health for Children: Nutrition DVD that we borrowed from the library.
10.  We completed pages 2-3 of our Publix Preschool Pals: Coloring Fun and Activities book, which required her to focus on food safety by identifying which food items get stored where in the kitchen.
Letter Ff Review:
1.  We completed page 6 of our I Can Learn With Pooh: Early Skills: Beginning Sounds workbook, which required her identify words that start with the f sound.
2.  We completed page 29 of our Getting Your Preschooler Ready to Read workbook, which required her to recognize and write uppercase letters D, E, and F.
3.  We completed pages 44-45 of our Getting Your Preschooler Ready to Read workbook, which required her to recognize and write lowercase letters d, e, and f, and match uppercase letters D, E, and F to their lowercase partners.
4.  We practiced writing lowercase f on page 3 of our Learn with Dick and Jane: lowercase letters workbook.
5.  We completed page 17 of our Alphabet and Counting workbook, which required her to listen to an F tongue twister, then practice writing uppercase F and lowercase f.
6.  We completed page 7 of our Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Alphabet Learning Workbook, which required her to practice writing both uppercase F and lowercase f, to write an f to complete a word, and to identify the Ff’s in a picture, among other letters.

Well, that wraps up today!  I can officially say we are both pretty pooped. Come back tomorrow to see our rainforest diorama, the 'Strange Plant Collection' we set up, and our 'Flapping Bat.'  See you then!

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