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Not so scary Halloween ideas!

In my school, we try to stay off the topic of Halloween if we are able.  We are a very diverse school, so not everyone celebrates.  We do incorporate fall themed crafts and projects and I thought I would share what we’ve done so far!

1I got these bracelet loops from Oriental Trading Company and they were EASY for my young students to put together and to help practice their patterning skills!  I also purchased the “s” hooks from OTC so that we could just snap the first and last loops in and continue our patterns!

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Next, (and also from OTC), I got these magic scratch off leaves!  We had SO much fun with these!  Some of my students decided to scratch all the black off the leaves, but as you can see, some were more artful with their designs.  We could have scratched lots more of these, so we will definitely need to get more for winter!!

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We practiced our fine motor skills by tying these cool wrap bracelets!  First you tie the three cords together, string three beads on the orange cord, tie a knot, you then repeat that with the black and green cord.  Next, you repeat the stringing of the beads up to 5 times and then tie all the cords together.  The cords are super long, so you can cut them if needed and still have enough.  They are great for adults too!

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Lastly, we got these ceramic leaves and used paint markers to paint fall designs on them.  We also tried regular markers and those worked great!  A crayon and water color paint resist would be fun to try on these as well. 🙂  Acrylic and tempera paints would help make these into fun fall gifts for families!

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*Thanks so much to Oriental Trading Company for providing these amazing crafts for my students and I to try out this fall! All opinions expressed in this article are my own. *

Halloween Costumes for year round use!

I know sometimes I look at Halloween costumes and think that I will use them once, but I’ve thought ahead this year and our Halloween costumes will be getting several uses this year! We got all of our costumes from Oriental Trading Company!!  img_9648My husband and son had so much fun dressing up as Gingerbread people!  We will use these costumes for Halloween and then again during our winter musical about the Gingerbread Pirates (see below!).  They will get another use when our Kindergarten students put on their Gingerbread Play! I can’t wait!!

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Next up are three different versions of Pirates that will also make an appearance in our Gingerbread Pirate play.  We have also already used these costumes to help promote our pirate themed school book fair this year!  Hilarious!! img_9652 I love that these costumes were so easy to put together!  A white shirt, some long cargo pants, the pirate hat, cutlass, and eye patch and our quick and easy pirate costumes are done!!img_9653

Check out some other ways to use these costumes here and think ahead when you purchase your costumes this year for Halloween! 🙂

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