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Mickey’s Pumpkin Patch

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DIY Mickey’s Pumpkin Patch

Ingredients
2 mixing bowls
1 cup flour, plus a little extra
1 cup salt
Half a cup of water
Wooden spoon
Disposable kitchen gloves
Food coloring (orange and black)
Toothpicks
2 baking sheets
Fine-tipped black marker
Black acrylic paint and small paintbrush

Instructions
How to make it
In a mixing bowl, stir together 1 cup of the flour, the salt, and the water until the ingredients hold together. Wearing a pair of disposable kitchen gloves, knead the dough until it is fairly smooth.
Place a quarter or so of the dough into another bowl and knead black food coloring into it. Knead orange food coloring into the remaining three quarters of the dough.
Heat the oven to 230 degrees F.
Meanwhile, your child can use the orange dough to form 4 or 5 small pumpkins. Encourage him to vary the sizes and shapes.
Mickey Pumpkins
Use the tip of a toothpick to poke a pair of holes (about a half-inch deep) in the top of each pumpkin where the ears will go. Then use the side of the toothpick to gently press vertical pumpkin grooves into the dough, as shown. Place the finished pumpkins on one of the baking sheets.
Mickey Pumpkins
Next, make a pair of Mickey ears for each pumpkin by inserting toothpicks into small balls of black dough. Gently pinch the dough to make it stick well to the toothpicks. Then flatten and shape the balls to resemble mouse ears. Place the ears on the second baking sheet.
Bake the dough shapes for about 30 minutes, removing them before they begin to turn brown. The ears should take a little less time than the pumpkins.
Allow the baked dough pieces to cool thoroughly.
Mickey Pumpkins
Use a black marker to outline a Mickey head on each pumpkin. (Tip: the front resembles the upper portion of a heart.) Now your child can fill in the outlines with black paint.
Mickey Pumpkins
Once the paint is dry, add ears to each pumpkin. If the toothpicks are too long, simply break off a piece to shorten them. They should hold firmly in place but, if they seem a bit loose, use drops of glue to secure them.

DIY Glowing Spider Jars

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Ingredients
  1. Plastic Jars
  2. Glow stick assortment
  3. Spiderwebs
  4. Scary plastic spiders
  5. Creepy cloth
  6. Paint
Instructions
  1. Paint the lids of the jars and allow to dry.
  2. Form the spiderwebs by pulling the fibers apart until fluffy. Insert the spiderwebs, spiders and glowsticks into the jars.
  3. Cut the creepy cloth into strips and tie onto the painted lids.

Chocolate Covered Fallen Apples

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Ingredients
  1. 6 small apples, washed and patted dry
  2. 1 bag (14-oz ) soft caramels
  3. 2 tablespoons water
  4. 1 1/2 cups M&M’S® Chocolate Candies Harvest Blend
Special Equipment
  1. 10 craft sticks
  2. 4-cup microwave-safe measuring cup
  3. Wax paper
Instructions
  1. 1. Press the craft sticks into the tops of the apples and set aside.
  2. 2. Melt caramels with water in measuring cup for 1 to 2 minutes in microwave. Stir occasionally until smooth.
  3. 3. Dip apples into caramel, rolling to cover. Roll apple bottoms in M&M’S® Chocolate Candies and chill for 20 minutes

Caterpillar Painted Pumpkins

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Ingredients
  1. what you need
  2. pumpkins
  3. melon green paint
  4. black paint
  5. adhesive-felt dots
  6. googly eyes
  7. pipe cleaners
Instructions
  1. Paint pumpkins melon green, and paint their stems black. Decorate the body with adhesive-felt dots, and denote the head with a pair of googly eyes and curled pipe cleaner antennae. Arrange the pumpkins in a creepy, crawling S shape.

Fall Leaves Recipe Holder Craft Kit

Fall Leaves Recipe Holder Craft Kit

These cheerful leaves help Mom in the kitchen! Recipe card holders make the kitchen feel seasonal!

Supplies needed (substitutes may be used):

Miniature pots
Leaf pattern
Googly eyes
Plaid ribbon
Permanent marker
Clip to hold recipe card
Glue
Brown craft foam
Orange craft foam
Yellow craft foam
Red craft foam

Pine cone bird feeder

Pine cone bird feeder

For each Pine Cone Bird Feeder you will need: A large, open pine cone
Vegetable shortening, lard or suet
Oats or corn meal
Bird seed
A few feet of string

Tie a few feet of string to a pine cone. Cover the pine cone with the mixture below. Roll the pinecone in birdseed and then suspend it from a tree branch outside.
Food mixture: Mix 1/2 cup Vegetable shortening, lard or suet with 2 1/2 cups cornmeal or uncooked oats until well blended. Optional: add dried fruit (chopped up), chopped nuts, seeds (especially sunflower and millet), and/or suet, which are high-energy bird foods.

Mickey & Minnie St. Patrick’s Day Headbands Kids Craft

Mickey & Minnie St. Patrick's Day Headbands Kids Craft

What you’ll need
Template for Mickey and Minnie St. Patrick’s Day Headband
Scissors
Stiff black felt for the ears
Regular felt scraps (yellow and two shades of green)*
Low temperature hot glue gun
Small piece of thin cardboard or cardstock (for the Mickey headband)
Green pipe cleaner (for the Minnie headband)
Thin black headband(s)

Helpful Tip:
Sticky-back yellow felt works especially well for the buckle on Mickey’s hat. If you use regular felt, you can apply glue with the tip of a toothpick when it’s time to stick the buckle in place

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Print the template and use the pieces to cut out shapes from the specified types and colors of felt. Note: It’s easier to cut out the center of the belt buckle if you snip through one of the corners, as shown. The cut will be hardly noticeable once the buckle is glued to the hat.

2
Working with one ear piece at a time, apply a line of glue across the center of the connecting band (specified on the template piece). Stick the glued portion to the underside of the headband, positioning it about 1½ inches left of the center point of the band. Now glue the two round ear flaps together, as shown. Attach the second ear piece to the headband in the same manner, this time positioning it an equal distance right of center (you should end up with about 2½ inches between the two ears).

3
For Mickey’s hat, first glue a small rectangle of cardboard atop one of the pieces, as shown (this will make the hat stand upright once it is attached to the band). Now glue the second hat piece atop the first, sandwiching the cardboard between them. Fold the hatband around the hat and glue it in place. Then stick the buckle to the center of the hatband.

4
To attach Mickey’s hat to the headband, glue the left edge of the brim to the left ear. Then glue the center of the brim to the headband. Do not attach the hat to the right ear — otherwise, the hat will buckle each time your child puts on the headband.

5
For Minnie’s shamrock bow, glue a 3-inch pipe cleaner stem to one of the felt shamrocks, as shown. Next, glue a 2-inch length across the lower leaves. Glue the matching shamrock piece on top.

6
Bend the leaves slightly forward to make the completed shamrock look more dimensional. Then glue it to the base of one ear.