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Monday, 28 October 2013

Can you catch a Golden Fish?

I found this activity on my Russian friend Natalia and thought  that it is very cool.

Just scribble, scrabble on the paper and try to find the fish! Now make an eye, tail and colour it! Have fun!

I found jelly fish and that was last one! I won, wo-hoo!

Halloween masks

Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, "Trick or treat?" The word "trick" refers to "threat" to perform mischief on the home-owners or their property if no treat is given. The practice is said to have roots in the medieval practice of mumming, which is closely related to soling(discussed above). John Pymm writes that "many of the feast days associated with the presentation of mumming plays were celebrated by the Christian Church."These feast days included All Hallows' Eve, Christmas, Twelfth Night and Shrove Tuesday. Mumming, practised in Germany, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, involved masked persons in fancy dress who "paraded the streets and entered houses to dance or play dice in silence." Their "basic narrative framework is the story of St. George and the Seven Champions of Christendom."In Scotland and Ireland, guising – children disguised in costume going from door to door for food or coins  – is a traditional Halloween custom, and is recorded in Scotland at Halloween in 1895 where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money. The practice of Guising at Halloween in North America is first recorded in 1911, where a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario reported children going "guising" around the neighbourhood." (Wikipedia)

Knock, knock! Trick or treat!

Who are you?

Who are you?

Some ideas and tutorials are herehere,  here,  here,  here,  here

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Passion of Halloween/Хеллоуинские страсти

Halloween become more and more common celebration in Russia. So, I would like to share some of my experiences with my Russian friends; I hope that will be helpful for their work in field.
I use  Natalia's  idea and just post pictures for our Halloween experiences here. If you have any questions, don't be hesitate to ask me!
There you go!

Hunted house.

Paper bag tree

We decided to use those trees to decorate our hunted houses.You can check tutorial here and here.


Nothing special, magic clay or napkins , check   here and here.


Owl made out of paper towel roll (1/3) and cup cake paper! So cute here

and also here

Bats on the branch.

This is also decoration for our hunted houses - easy craft! Inspired here and here.


Ideas from here and here

There are prepared bodies of spiders (half of styrolfoam balls) and sample.
Cool idea here, just want to share.


Tutorial is here but You can find some cool projects hhereherevia Crafty Crowhere.

Spider web

We just learn how spiders make it and follow their way!

We still have couple days, so - keep in touch!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Pumpkin carving

Yesterday we were carving the pumpkin with children. After an introduction to Halloween celebration they were very eager to try to create their own Jack'o Lantern!

Thanks Mila for this great experience :)

Look here for our last year experience

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Natural ink

The idea of this activity appeared when children noticed that beet's juice colored hands. N. told: "This juice looks like the ink!" Children discussed how people used ink many years ago and why. Children find out that people did not have any computers at that time and they did not have pens. We started to talk about pencils and pens. " J. said:"I know, they used feathers!!!" We started to discuss how people can get the juice with beets or choke berries and how we can prepare feathers for writing.

 "We can smash berries and get juice. I think we can write with berries' juice."- said M.
The process started! First I showed children how to make writing feathers on the straw. Children could see how the straw hold the liquid inside and the liquid came out through the end cut  in two parts.
Children cut feathers at the end and enjoyed drawing and writing with juice! They noticed that berry ink was more purple and beet's ink was more pink!

Fall brings for my children new and new acknowledgements!

I would like to share this idea  here