Pilgrim Pumpkin Turkey Craft

Today my youngest child and I made a Pumpkin Turkey.  She wanted to make a fall craft, and I didn’t want to make a trip to the craft store.  So, we used construction paper and a pumpkin that we already had.

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To make a Pumpkin Turkey yourself, trace a hand on several pieces colored (or white if that’s all you have) paper.

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Let the child color the paper if they want to (even if it really isn’t necessary).

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I’m working with a toddler, but she wanted to help so I let her cut the hands.  We lost a few “feathers”, but that’s okay.

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Trim your hands if necessary.

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Glue the hands the back of a pumpkin. Then, print, cut out, and glue a head to the front (or draw your own).

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I used a faux pumpkin so that it can be enjoyed year after year–and, therefore, I can remember how little our turkey was in years past 🙂

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Mason Jar Fall Craft

Looking for a fall craft to keep your kids occupied while you’re preparing for Thanksgiving using items you have on hand?

Have your child cut fall-colored tissue paper into squares (this will keep them occupied for a while), then glue them on to a Mason jar.  Tie a ribbon or string around the top for decoration, and add stickers for extra personality.  Place a tea light inside for a fun fall decoration that can be enjoyed day and night.

Mason Jar Fall Craft

Gingerbread Sight Word Activity

I found an adorable Christmas printable on Pinterest by “TheMoffattGirls” via http://www.teachersnotebook.com.  If your kids are practicing sight words (Grades P,K,1), I think you’ll love it too.  To view the packet, click here: Gingerbread Math Literacy Unit

Gingerbread Math and Literacy PacketYou can view The Moffatt Girls’ blog for other cute printables by clicking here.

Homemade Berry Jam

I know that when I think of canning, the first thing that comes to mind is my grandma.  But, you can can too!  This week I decided to can some fruit for the first time.  I made two batches: strawberry jalopeno jam, and strawberry-raspberry-blueberry jam.

To get started, you need a few basic ingredients, a stock pot with lid, canning jars and a few canning tools that can be purchased at your local grocery store for less than $10.

Berry Jam Ingredient List:

Berries (5 cups crushed)

7 cups sugar

1 package jelling pectin (powder or liquid)

1 lemon

 

November 2013 - Canning Ingredients

  1. Place the crushed berries, lemon juice, and pectin into a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat (if using powdered pectin, cook the pectin according to package instructions before adding the jam ingredients). Once simmering, stir in the sugar until dissolved.  Return to a boil and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Sterilize the jars and lids in stock pot full of boiling water for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Pack the jam into the hot, sterilized jars (fill the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top).
  4. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.
  5. Place the sealed jars into the stock pot of boiling water (add more water if necessary, making sure the water covers the jars by 1 inch). Cover the pot and allow to boil for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered surface. Allow to cool, then press the top of each lid with a finger to ensure that the seal is tight (lid does not move).

November 2013 - Canning

Homemade jam makes a wonderful gift for friends and family.  Show others how much you care about them with a gift from your heart (and kitchen)!

Bottle Cap Necklace

I started working on a new craft project–bottle cap necklaces.  These are fairly simple to make, you’ll just need: string, beads, pre-flattened bottle caps (I purchase mine already punched with a ring to string them to save time), 1″ punch or a steady hand to cut a circle, 1″ epoxy circles, and a printed image or 1″ circle.

I made a Girl Scout necklace for my daughter (below), as well as one with her school colors and logo.  This is a fairly simple craft that can be customized to any girl’s liking!

November 2013 - Girl Scouts Bottlecap Necklace

To start, purchase pre-made 1″ stickers or print a design.

Using a 1″ punch, cut out the design.

Press the 1″ epoxy circle on the design.

Glue the epoxy sticker to the bottle cap.

Thread beads on your string.

Slide the bottle cap on the beaded string.

Tie your necklace at the desired length.  And, you’re done!