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A candy lei to wear and give at Halloween

Halloween Candy Lei

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A candy lei to wear and give at Halloween

Lei made from candy, netting and in Halloween colors

This Halloween Candy Lei is the perfect SWEET gift for anyone of any age!

It’s difficult to find projects that are inexpensive for teens and that they will actually like, and want.  But this Halloween Candy Lei fits perfectly!  Teens will have fun making these for them self, or for their friends, or have them make these at a party! Put out candy that will fit in the netting (as described below) and let them choose the kind they want to put in their lei.  To keep your costs down, you can have popcorn or other snack food for them to munch on while they make their lei and kindly limit the candy count to whatever your budget will accommodate for each person. 

It’s a terrific treat for a parent to give to your kids.

The Halloween Candy Lei is an especially great gift for a grandparent to make and even send in the mail.  See my post Did You Know You Can Send THAT In The Mail for fun ways to mail it off! 

The Halloween Candy Lei is so EASY, QUICK and SIMPLE  with no tricks involved, only TREATS:)




 

HALLOWEEN CANDY LEI

Supplies:

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This Halloween 10″ mesh ribbon/tulle would work well for mini candy bars and small size candy  *personally, I prefer to use this size just to be safe.  You can always put 2 pieces of small candy in it if it looks like it needs it. 

This regular 6″ Halloween tulle netting  works  for very small/mini sized candy

Curling ribbon in your choice of color

Any mini and small candy, it just needs to fit in the tulle netting you choose

 

Directions:

Place candy in center of tulle.

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Take one side of the tuelle of the candy.Wrap the other side of the tuelle over the candy.Tie curling ribbon close to the candy to hold in securely so it won’t fall out. 

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Option: tie candy into the ribbon if it it too large to hold securely.Curl the ribbon.

Tie the ends of the tuelle together in a square knot to form a lei.

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Another option is to loop one end and have it more of a hanging type of candy holder as shown below.

Halloween Candy Lei

Halloween Candy Lei

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




gratitude tree

Ever giving Gratitude Tree

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gratitude tree

Ever Giving Gratitude Tree

Isn’t this time of year crazy?

It’s hard to find ways sometimes to get our family to think outside of themselves – or an activity that’s affordable, easy, quick, worthwhile, have positive results and will engage everyone.

After some brainstorming this idea came to me –  a Gratitude Tree!   

With this little tree, teaching gratitude will come naturally to your family.

The concept is so simple.  See each leaf will have a word on it that can be chosen as a family or by a parent, depending on the age, or your situation.

For example, if the leaf  has the word neighbor written on it, then the leaf could not be hung on the tree until a service is done by the entire group for the neighbor of choice by the family – or at least by the majority 😉 

Now the fun begins as  everyone puts in their suggestions, which could include: anonymously raking leaves, making and taking cookies or spending a little time visiting an elderly neighbor.  

More than just reporting or saying what family members are thankful for, this little activity will motiviate and involve everyone into ACTION to fill the tree! 

Effortlessly on your part, everyone will want to help and bless others, and leave the entitlement attitude behind Service naturally brings out the best in everyone.

I have everything easily ready for you to start and have FUN together!


EVER GIVING GRATITUDE TREE

Supplies:

Tree,  is one to check out

Pre-cut leaf shapes, THESE are perfect

Assorted Sharpie Markers 

Twine, is a nice fit

Directions:gratitude tree1Trace desired shape onto paper and cut out OR use pre-cut shapes I suggested above.

Punch a small hole at the top of the leaf.gratitude tree 2Tie a square knot with the string through the hole in the leaf.gratitude tree 3Here are some ideas for ‘words’ your family might want to include for people to serve: gratitude tree

Neighbor(s) Grandparent(s) Teacher(s) Mail person Family – think extended; aunt, uncle, cousin, etc. Veterinarian Doctor Dentist Church leader(s) Military Foster Parents/kids Animal Shelter Brainstorm with your family, the list will amaze you and the results will bless you.  

This Gratitude Tree can be easily adapted for the Christmas season also.

Click HERE for the ornaments

gratitude tree 4Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2016


Games While Waiting

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July brings parades, fireworks and so many fun activities for the family and friends.    The difficult part can be waiting for the event to begin for EVERY one.    I have the solutions for you that will entertain ALL  ages.    


First up:  Keeping little ones busy can be a challenge. 

Here are a few ideas  for the youngsters: – Count the people – How many ___ can you see, such as birds, things that are yellow, etc. – KidsActivity Blog has generously shared their FREE Printables for kids on an easy level as well as advanced.  Click HERE to easily print them off.

Here’s for All who are fidgeting and impatient while waiting:

– Click HERE for a REALLY fun game called ‘100’ that we enjoy   FamiyGamesTreasureHouse.com is sharing some games that are easy to play, transportable and sure to keep kids of all ages entertained because who likes to wait!  Thank you FamilyGamesTreasureHouse.com!


DICE GAMES

ROUND THE CLOCK 

An easy game for young children as soon as they can recognize the number of spots on dice and can count to twelve.

It is a useful game to help children as they learn these skills.

Age: All ages No. of players: 2 to 4

Equipment: Two dice Time: 5 minutes+

Aim: To be the first player to throw all the numbers from 1 to 12 in order.

1. Players throw the dice, the player with the lowest total going first.

2. Player One throws both dice, hoping to throw a ‘1’. Players take it in turns (in a clockwise direction) looking to throw a ‘1’.

3. On the next round, any player who did not throw a ‘1’ in the first round will try again this round, while those players who did throw a ‘1’ will try to throw a ‘2’. They can either throw a ‘2’ or they could throw two ‘1s’.

4. Play continues round by round with players trying to throw all the numbers from 1 to 12 in sequence. They can count the spots on just one die or on both dice added together. For example, throwing a ‘2’ and a ‘5’ could be counted as ‘2’, ‘5’ or ‘7’. 5. The first player to go Round the Clock (throw all the numbers from 1 to 12 in order) wins the game. Variation: A player can keep throwing the dice during their turn until they fail to get the number they are trying for.  


PIG

An easy dice game that is suitable for young children. Although it is very simple, it is still exciting and requires nerve and daring to win. An adult or older child may need to explain the rules and oversee the game. Age: All ages (as soon as a child can recognize numbers and count)

No. of players: 2 or more

Equipment: One die (Note: the plural of die is dice);

Pen and paper for scoring (if necessary)

Time: 5 minutes+

Aim: To be the first player to reach 50 points.

1. Players throw the die. The lowest number goes first (If two or more players score the same lowest number, they throw again.)

2. Player One can throw the die as often as they like and add the number shown to their score each throw. However, if they throw a ‘1’, their score for that round is wiped out and the dice is passed to the next player. The longer a player continues throwing the die, the higher their score for that round, but there is always the risk of losing that round’s score! A player can choose to end their turn at any time and keeps their points. Players take it in turns, in a clockwise direction.

3. Each player keeps a record of their score for each round. The first player whose total score is 50 points or more wins the game. So why does the game have its name? To win, don’t be too greedy and act like a pig!  


Drop Dead

This is a simple dice game for adults and older children, although younger children can also play with an adult to supervise and score.

Age: All ages (with adult supervision)

No. of players: 2 or more

Equipment: Five dice;

Pen and paper for scoring Time: 5 minutes+

Aim:

1. To have the highest score at the end of the game. Each player throws one die to determine who goes first (dice is the plural of die). Lowest number throws first. Play continues in a clockwise direction.

2. Player One throws all five dice. If any of the dice show a ‘2’ or a ‘5’, those dice are removed and no score is recorded. If no ‘2’s or ‘5’s appear, score the total number shown. Player One continues throwing any remaining dice, removing ‘2’s and ‘5’s and scoring any rounds with no ‘2’s or ‘5’s until all the dice have been removed and the player “drops dead”.

3. Player Two then has a turn until they too drop dead, and so on for each of the other players.

4. The player with the highest score when the last player has been eliminated wins the game. Variation: The game can be played with only one die if you don’t have five dice. A score card is used, with each player’s name, running score and the number of dice they have left (starting at five). Players take it in turns to throw the die once. If it is a ‘2’ or a ‘5’, their number of dice is reduced on their score card; otherwise their score increases by the number shown. When a player’s number of dice reaches zero, they are eliminated. The player with the highest score when the last player has been eliminated wins the game.  


CARD GAMES

Go Fish

This card game (also known simply as Fish) is a simple kids card game which young children love. Children sit around a table. An adult or older child needs to shuffle and deal the cards, and oversee the game.

Age: 3+ (as soon as a child can recognize written numbers and letters)

No. of players: 2 or more (2-5 is good)

Equipment: One standard deck of cards (remove the jokers)

Time: 10 minutes+

Aim:

The aim of Go Fish card game is to be the first player to place all their cards on the table in sets of four.

1. The deck of cards is shuffled and dealt so that each player receives either seven cards (for 2-3 players) or five cards (for 4+ players). The rest of the deck is placed face down in a pile (known as the fishpond) in the center of the table.

2. Players look at their cards and try to make a set of four matching cards, each with the same number or letter. For example, Player One may have the following cards in their hand. 4♣ K♠ 10♥ 5♣ 5♦ They could try to collect a set of ‘fives’ by looking for the two missing ‘fives’ cards; 5♠ and 5♥ .

 3. Player One then asks any other player if they have a ‘fives’ If they do, that player hands the ‘fives’ to Player One, who can then ask again (to either the same player or another player) for a ‘fives’ If another player does not have a ‘fives’ they say “Go Fish” and Player One takes a card from the fishpond and puts it with the rest of their hand. Players may end up with many more cards than they started with.

4. The player to the left of Player One then has a turn asking for a card from any player, and so on.

5. When a player has a set of four cards (for example, 5♣ 5♦ 5♠ 5♥ ), they put it face up in front of themselves.

6. Hint: Players should listen to the cards other players ask for. This may give them a clue when it’s their turn to ask for a card.

7. Play continues until; (i) one player gets rid of all their cards, or (ii) the fishpond is exhausted, or (iii) a certain time limit is reached.

8. The winner is the player with the most sets of four cards.  




War

The card game is a simple and enjoyable game for children of all ages.

Age: All ages

No. of Players: 2 players

Equipment: Standard deck of 52 cards (no jokers)

Time: 10+ minutes

Aim: To be the first player to win three wars.

1. The deck is well shuffled and all the cards are dealt (face down) equally.

2. One player turns over their top card and puts it on the table face up between the players. The other player then turns over their top card and places it face up on the first card.

3. The player who put down the highest card (with Aces low; that is A, 2, 3, …, 9, 10, J, Q, K in order from lowest to highest) picks up both cards and puts them face down at the bottom of their pile of cards. The winning player then puts down the first card for the next play.

4. If the two cards matched (made a pair; for example 6♦ and 6♣), the players have a ‘War’. They each put down another card, before putting down a third card each. The highest card of the third set wins the ‘War’ and gets all six cards. If the third set was another matching pair, they each put down another card and then a fifth card to see who wins the war and picks up all ten cards, and so on if any further matching pairs occur during a war.

5. The winner of War Card Game is the first player to win three wars. Variations: The winner could be the first player to win all the cards (which could take a very long time) or the first player to win five or seven wars if you want a slightly longer game.   

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today




Water Balloon Volley Ball

Water Fun!

Water Balloon Volley Ball

Water Balloon Volley Ball

Ready for summer fun? It’s easy as 1-2-3, just come and see! 


Balloon Volley Ball or Toss

This easy, low prep activity is for ALL ages.

  1. Simply grab a towel (older is best, save your new!), a few water balloons and the game is on.
  2. You can set up a net if you have one, run a line for a net, or just have it a free-for-all and have a team of 2 toss to another team of
  3. The object is to have one team toss their water balloon from the towel they are holding to another team to catch who are also holding a towel.

There are TWO ways you can work this game. One way is a bit competitive as it is played like tennis; tossing ‘in bounds’ and trying to score points. OR It can be a way to teach cooperation by having each team, having to stand so many feet or yards apart, from the other team, then tossing the balloon to the other team to catch. Either way, it can be done with 2 teams or many teams spread out in the yard or park and ALL ages! Enjoy time as a family and have a great time—getting wet! Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath

Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath

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A fall thanksgiving wreath for kids and toddlers to make

A fun wreath kids can make for fall

Here is a terrific Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath for Fall and the Thanksgiving season.

Easy and quick to hold little ones attention, but older kids can make it as decorative at they would like.

Your family could easily make an extra to take to a local retirement/care center, even if you don’t know anyone there, they would surely appreciate some cheer and your thoughtfulness.  This would be a great time to talk, as a family, of blessings to be grateful for.

 

Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath

Supplies:

Heavy weight cardboard or foam board to cut the circle for the base of the wreath

Box cutter – for adult to use to cut the wreath 

 

Fall Leaves HERE

Glue dots for leaves and any decorations that are not stickers, HERE

Ribbon, Check THIS out

Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath 1


Directions:

Trace the size of wreath you choose to make with a bowl and cut with box cutter.Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath 2Trace an inner circle with a smaller bowl Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath 3Cut out the middle section.Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath 4Let the kids have fun with stickers or decorations attaching them with glue dots.Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath 5Attach ribbon to the top for a hanger with glue or more sticky dots.

Kids Craft Thanksgiving Wreath

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.




Cute monsters from toilet paper rolls or tubes

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

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Cute monsters from toilet paper rolls or tubes

Halloween Kids Craft Monsters from Toilet Paper Rolls

 

These Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters are so easy, inexpensive and a great way  for kids to make their own Halloween decoration, or homemade toys to play with.  

It’s a perfect way to help encourage imagination and creativity.  

So simple, while a fun way to spend time together. 

Let the kids make a bunch of them for their own grundle of monsters!





Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Supplies:

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  • Empty toilet paper rolls or cut empty paper towel roll into sections
  • Foam plates




Directions:

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Give each child (and everyone if family activity) an empty toilet paper roll, a foam brush, and a bit of washable paints on a paper plate and let them go to work.
Have fun together while the paint dries (about 30 minutes or so), play a game, decorate cookies, whatever!

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

When the paint is dry, poke holes in the toilet paper roll so that holes are across from each other on the roll.Now stick the pipe cleaner through a hole on one side of the toilet paper roll then through the other hole directly across from it on the other side.

Do as many pipe cleaners as there are holes to make the ‘arms’. 

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Let the kids twist the arms to make monster limbs.If the child is able, let them put the glue dots on the eyes and stick to their monster as they desire.

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

If needed, put the glue dots on the eyes for them, and they can stick the eyes on their monster.

They can make a family or village of monsters!

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2018

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

Kids Halloween Craft T.P Scary Monsters