Sunday, 31 October 2010

Halloween Activities to Download

Completely off the handmade ghosts; decorating pumpkins and other crafty type activities these are the printables that we downloaded to use this week with the halloween theme.

Activity pack that contains loads of stuff to make and do some inside some outside - you have to have this one emailed to you but it is free.
Scavenger Hunt to do in your local woodland
Halloween wordsearches and other like printables from
Halloween printables from Ben and Jerrys - we used the bone maze

Loads to do and not a Trick or Treat in sight.

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Cutting and Sticking: Leaf Wreath

Paper plates make the perfect thing to stick objects on to make a wreath.  We made ours using leaves cut from paper but we could have used real leaves (Germany isn't big on the poop scoop as a result I am not big on using anything from where people walk their dogs! - parks and pavements included; we have already come a cropper in the three months we have been here -yuck!).  It also gave us the opportunity to practise scissor skills, something A as a left-hander needs.
I put together a page of leaf outlines (cut and paste from and printed these on plain "autumn" coloured paper as well as white paper so the kids could do their own colours.  The yellow went down especially well with A for whom this has become an all time favourite colour ever since he found out it was the favourite colour of his best friend Rebekah.
All the kids had to do was cut them out and stick them on.

We made a chain of wreaths so they could all hang on the front door, that was infinitely more fair than banishing one wreath to the garage door and the other round the back of the house.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Halloween Crafts: Handprint Ghosts

Countdown to Halloween so we made some decorations.  We could have made these using handprints in white paint but since B can't be persuaded to put even a finger into paint we opted for drawing onto paper instead.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Paper Craft: Fashion Flip Flaps

Most little girls fancy themselves as a fashion designer at some point - usually round about the time that you are standing in the clothes shop and suddenly everything is "Yuck!"
If your own little miss wants a fashionista moment as R did recently this is the ideal make to keep them happy without hitting the clothes shops;

courtesy of "Art Attack".

Here is R's version...

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Card Games: War

Number of players: 2
Deal the cards equally between the two players.  The players keep their cards face down.
The players turn over the top card from their pile at the same time.  The player with the card with the highest value gets to keep both the cards.  If the cards are the same face value then the cards remain where they are and the next card from each pile is turned over.
The winner is the person who collects all the cards.  (Note: since this is a game of luck rather than skill it is good for younger players but you may want to impose a time limit rather than play until one person gets all the cards as it can take a long time)

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Card Games: Blink

Number of players: 2

Deal the cards out equally between both players.  The players are allowed to look at their cards but keep them hidden from the other player.
The first player puts down any card to start the game.
The players then take it in turns to put down a card that is either the same face value or the same suit.  If a player can't lay down a card the other player takes their turn.
The winner is the first person to put down all their cards.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Card Games: Nose

Number of players: 3 or more

For each player take four cards with the same face value from the deck.  Discard the remaining cards.
Shuffle the cards and deal four to each player.
The players are allowed to look at the cards in their hand.  The object is to end up with four cards of the same value.
All players have a go together.  Each player chooses one card to pass to the player on their left.When everyone says "1,2,3 pass" all the players put the cards face down on the table and pass them to the left together.  This is repeated until one player ends up with four cards with the same face value.  The player with the four cards puts their finger on their nose, all the other players have to do the same.  The last player to put their finger on their nose is out of the next round.
Before second and subsequent rounds remove four cards of the same value from the deck.
The winner is the player who gets four cards of the same value in the last round.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Card Games : Go Fish

Easy game for under tens but they may need somewhere to "hold" their cards so they can see them all - we put them face up on the table and use a book as a shield to stop cheating!
Number of players: 2 or more
The object of the game is to collect sets of four of each value of card.  The winner is the player with the most complete sets of four.
Use the whole pack of cards.  Deal four cards to each player.  The rest of the cards are placed face down in the middle.
Each player looks at their cards throughout the game without showing them to the other players.
The first player looks at his cards and chooses a value of a card that is the same as one in their hand.  They then choose another player (not necessarily the next immediate player) and ask if they have any cards of that value.  If that player has any cards of that value they hand all of them over and the first player gets another go. If they have no cards of that value they say "Go Fish!" and the first player takes a new card from the pile.  It is then the next players go.
When a player collects four cards of a particular value they remove them from their hand and place on the table next to them.
The game is over when all the cards have been removed from the pile.  The winner is the player with the most sets of four cards.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Card Games : Nines

Number of players: 1

Remove all four 10's from the deck before start of play
Deal three rows of three cards face up (nine cards in total).  Place the rest of the cards face down.
The aim of the game is to get rid of the pile of cards.
 Looking at the cards face up find combinations of one or more cards that add up to nine.  (Number cards are taken as face value, king+queen+jack (one of each of these) are taken as a nine.)  Cover each card in the "nine" with a new card from the pile.
To win the game get rid of the whole pile.