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Happy Halloween

31 Oct

Have a safe and Happy Halloween! From all of us at Smart Mom University

Circa 1971


26 Oct

Huge, puny, orange, green, white, smooth or bumpy, pumpkins are the highlight of Halloween. Not only that, kids can do so much with pumpkins. Here are some ideas to entertain the kids and maybe teach them a little something, too.

By the way, did you know that using an ice cream scoop makes cleaning out the pumpkin easier?

  • Weigh pumpkins of different sizes
  • Order them from smallest to largest or largest to smallest
  • Paint small pumpkins and decorate them with jewels and feathers
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Estimate how many seeds are in a small pumpkin, then find out
  • How high can you stack the pumpkins
  • Compare the seeds in different colored pumpkins
  • Have a race rolling pumpkins
  • Read a pumpkin book
  • Make pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread
  • Sing a pumpkin song or say a pumpkin poem

 “Five Little Pumpkins”

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,

The first one said, Oh, my it’s getting late!

The second one said, There are owls in the air!

The third one said, But we don’t care!

The fourth one said, Let’s run and run and run!

The fifth one said, I’m ready for some fun!

Then Woooo went the wind

And out (clap) went the lights

And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Simple Halloween Art Activity

24 Oct

I remember cutting out Halloween shapes from construction paper as a kid and hanging them on our windows as decorations for the trick-or-treaters to admire. Boy have times changed and houses really get tricked out for Halloween.

Here’s a simple Halloween decoration you can make with your kids to trick out your house.

  • Draw a ghost on a 12″ x 18″ piece of white construction paper with a black marker.

  • Use orange paint to paint the one hand of your child.

  • Place your child’s hand on the ghost near where an arm would be.

  • Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the other hand.

  • Let the ghost dry, then cut it out.
  • Hang it in the window for your trick-or-treaters to admire.

Write your child’s name and date on the ghost and you will be able to see how little their hands were.

Simple Times

20 Oct

Did you know that October was National Popcorn Month? I know, we learn something new every day. But when I think of popcorn and this time of year, it reminds me of the popcorn balls my dad liked to make at Halloween. Although my mom hated the sticky mess, and the clean up was difficult, it was definitely a simple fall activity that I remember to this day.

I can clearly remember the event of making popcorn balls. It was always a cool fall evening, and my brother and I had spent the whole day playing outside, running from house to house, not soccer game to soccer game. We had finished our nightly family dinner, the fire in the fireplace was blazing, and my brother and I had finished watching  It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, on one of the four channels that we could get.  When the show was over, we’d gather in the kitchen and start popping the corn. (No, not in the microwave, silly! We didn’t even have one of those then!) My mom would warm the oil in her big, green pot on the stove. Then, she poured in the popcorn. The lid was place on the pot as if a secret was about to happen inside the large pot. As kitchen air filled with the smell of warm oil, we waited; waited for the sound of the first kernel to pop. Once we heard the magical first pop, we knew the rest would not be far behind. POP, CLINK, CLINK, POP, was the sound the kernels made springing around inside the pot, forming into delicate white clouds. Before we knew it, the sound would slow, and popcorn would cause the lid to rise. The sticky fun was about to begin.

My dad mixed the syrupy concoction while my mother smeared margarine all over our little hands so the stickiness wouldn’t be permanent. The popcorn was poured and mixed into the sticky mess. Next, we dug in and began to form the popcorn into baseball-sized orbs that would really only be enjoyed by my father. My mother would wrap the finished products in plastic wrap and set them on the counter; many of which would be hard as a rock when they were finally eaten.

I don’t know how long the process took, and yes, it was a process. But to us kids, it was simple fall activity, filled with sounds and smells that will be forever ingrained in my memory. I will never make popcorn balls with my kids, but we have plenty of our own simple fall traditions that I know they will remember when they have their own family. What simple fall traditions will your kids remember?

Halloween Fun

17 Oct

There’s something about play dough; the smell, the squishiness, childhood memories. We found a recipe for “Halloween Sparkle Play Dough” from Sandy Toes and Popsicles that we know you’ll love. Just click here. Your kids will love playing with it and your house will smell so yummy.

Then we found these adorable ways to share Halloween play dough with friends. Click here to find out how to make these decorative containers.



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