This was the cheapest and easiest thing I did this season that was a huge hit. I made pumpkin balls for my kids and my students at school. You can get the streamers 2 for $1 at the dollar store. I bought random things to put inside them - toys, candy, juice boxes, crackers, etc.
Here they are assembled. Don't worry if they are lumpy, most pumpkins are.
The kids start unwrapping them and every once in a while something falls out.
The more they unwrap the more they find.
It's like a scavenger hunt in a pile.
We did end up with streamers all over, but they were easy to clean up and the kids loved it. It was even a hit with my high school students and how many things are popular with 4 year olds and 17 year olds? They were cheap, easy, and I think we just started a new tradition.
My kids love going to football games. However their favorite game every year is the game with all the mascots. Here are some photos.
Sweet Daughter with a tooth and tooth fairy.
Um... Wolf? Cat? I have no idea, but my kids are willing to cuddle.
A Green Bee?
Of course the game isn't just about the mascots. They also like to run like crazy. That is Sweet Son running around waving his hat in the air. He did that for 30 minutes at a time more than once during the game. Then he slept at night. ;)
There have been so many things recently that the kids have said that are funny or profound in some way. I'm going to try to remember a few.
Son: "Ruby Bridges went to a gray school."
Son: "It was mixing black and white at the school."
Whiny 5 year old, the world is ending voice Sweet Son: "Mommy I need your help. Mommy, help me. Help me Mommy."
Big sigh, Me: "Yes? What do you need help with?"
Sweet Son: "I need more present tense words."
Me: "Huh? What did you say?"
Sweet Son: "I'm writing words and I want more present tense words."
Me: "Of course you do."
Sweet Daughter: "So since you mostly vote for people, we aren't a real democracy are we?"
Yes, this led to a long discussion. Because what else would you discuss in the car?
"N (boy at school) hit the tree and I told him to stop because trees give us
oxygen. Then N said trees can hurt us, but I told him we need trees
to breathe. It's not food, water, and shelter, but it helps provide us
with all of those things if you really think about it."
Son: I don't know how to do this. Can you help?
Daughter: My brain knows how to do it, but I don't.
Son: Aren't you using your brain?
Sweet Son has this habit of asking vague questions such as "How does it
work?" When I don't know what "it" he is asking about. This just leads to
frustration. One day after 20 minutes of trying to figure it out, I gave
up. I told him I had no idea what he was referring to so I couldn't
answer. About 15 minutes later (we had all moved on and were doing other
things), Sweet Son comes up to me and says, "Mommy, earlier I was
referencing the sensor on Daddy's car that tells it when to turn on the
windshield wipers." Then I could answer the question. I was impressed
with the word reference though.
I have a refillable air freshener
in my car and the kids told me it needed to be changed. I changed the
sugar cookie scent for watermelon lemonade. Sweet Daughter ask me what makes it
smell. I explained that it was called an aromatic compound. She wanted
to know what's in an aromatic compound. Naturally, I explained that most
aromatic compounds are based off a benzene base. Sweet Son asked what
benzene is, so I explained the circle of 6 carbons with alternating
single double bonding where one or two hydrogen have been replaced by
something else in order to make it aromatic. Then of course we got into
carbon being the basic building blocks of everything, the varying
strength of single, double, and triple bonding (as related to legos
being building blocks to make everything and some connections stronger
than others depending on how many circles are hooked). You know, typical
car conversations. I'm just waiting for this to come out at school or
in music or someplace.
The kids both had an assignment to create a new animal and write a sign
(fill in the blank) that would go near it in the zoo to explain it to
Sweet Daughter: This amazing animal is called a Gij. It can be
found in the ocean. Its body is fur and tail. In its natural habitat, it
eats fish and insects. For shelter, the animal is in water. The Gij is
classified as a mammal. If you ever meet a Gij be sure to pet it.
This amazing animal is called a Beubs. It can be found in the sand. Its
body is slimy feet and big puffed up antlers. In its natural habitat,
it eats bugs and pirates. For shelter, the animal goes under sand. The
Beubs is classified as a mammal. If you ever meet a Beubs be sure to pet
More of our introduction to hockey class! You can see just how much fun they are having.
Another day, another game
Break away and go after the puck!
There's Sweet Daughter checking someone twice her size... It only took her a few weeks to figure out how to do it effectively rather than just bouncing off of them. (No, they are not supposed to check at this age.)
Go for a goal!
It's like watching little kids play soccer only much, much funnier.
Every year Wonderful Husband's work has a Fall Festival. This year they decided to do something different. They rented out a ball park. There was free food, bounce houses, a big playground, and once it got dark they played the Lego Movie on the big screen.
Meeting the mascot
We sent the kids across the field to get us all some popcorn. They loved the responsibility. We loved being lazy.
Here we are waiting for the movie to start. Once it started the kids were given glowing necklaces and bracelets. One child spent the entire movie throwing or rolling them around and chasing them. The other child spent the entire movie twisting and rearranging them to create various items. They still have no idea what the Lego Movie is about. This is why we don't pay for movies.
Remember our tradition of birthday balloons filling a room? Well a few weeks later and they are almost all still around. We needed to get them off the floor if nothing else - they are all over the house.
This certainly looks more festive.
A few extras that didn't fit.
I love when they play together so nicely. This also shows their hair cuts clearly. His is still longer, but not by much.
Eventually we had to pop them. She was very enthusiastic about this.
The kids decided to sort all of their Legos by color. After about 30 minutes, I brought out the egg cartons for them to use to help sort. They kept going and going. We have a ton of Legos (figuratively).
They spent hours and hours working on this. Then with less than 100 Legos left, they quit. I finished the last group for them. Then we had to find a new storage solution. Wonderful Husband put dividers into cardboard boxes so they could stay divided into the 14 different sections (the people/animals were in a plastic container). I know what you are thinking, how long could they possibly leave them sorted? We are talking about a couple of 5 year olds after all.
I keep this blog a year behind real life for privacy reasons. As of a full year later, they are still sorted. They are still played with daily and we now have even more Legos. It's crazy that they can leave the floor so covered in toys that you can't walk through, but the Legos, those get sorted.