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Monday, October 31, 2011

No Tricks...Just Treats ~ November Calendar

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, all you Sweet Spooks & Good Goblins!!!  Our Halloween party turned out spook-tacular!  Party photos coming soon! :)

Today, I have a special Halloween treat for you...and one to look forward to tomorrow as well!  The only thing that made me stressed about this holiday is that you have to turn around and be ready for November in your classrooms the next day!  ugh!  So, here is your free download for your November calendars as well as the November printable to-do list (all in one nice download bundle)!  We hope you enjoy!
November Calendar

So, have a fun Halloween, don't eat too much candy, and thanks for joining us on our Spooktober journey!  :)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Sweets & Parties

Wanna know the first sound I heard this morning?....I still use a monitor for Noah's room (especially since he's been sick), so I hear every sound he makes.  He got out of bed saying, "Halloween party, Halloween party, Halloween party!".  Then, he came into our room and said, "Good Morning, Daddy, it's our Halloween party!"  "Good Morning, Mommy, it's our Halloween party!"  Do you think he's a little bit excited?  Truth be told, I'm excited too!  I LOVE me some Halloween fun!  ;)

My hubby & I have hosted a Halloween party since 2004.  Click the pictures below to see pictures from our last two parties (my first two experiences with DIY parties) :)

Now, here's some Halloween sweets Pinterest love...P.S. I'm making some of these treats tonight, so I'll let you know how it goes...wish me luck! 

Candy Corn Bark from Texas Cottage

Pretzel Ghosts from The Hidden List

Mummy Munch from Picky Palate

Witch Hats from Explore Dream Discover

Check out this budget-friendly & boo-tifully cute Halloween sweets table from Piggy Bank Parties.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Visit Us Here!

Today, we're honored to be guest posting over at Cache Mama's Classroom!  Lori, the blog's author, hosts Wish List Wednesdays and she asked us to blog about something on our wish lists for little ones.  So, click the button below to see what we would wish for today!  

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Winner & Halloween Yummies

Hello, GHOULfriends (or boo-yfriends, as the case may be)!  5 days till Halloween...the countdown is on!  I feel like October passing by at warp speed around here!

Last week, we had a fun giveaway from Cloud Street Lab!  Today...we have TWO winners who get to choose the clipart set of their choice!

Congratulations, ladies!  Just send us your email addresses and we'll get your info over to the shop owner!

During these last few nights before Halloween, I want to make dinner time spooky and fun for Noah, so here are some bewitching recipes to help you with your ghostly dinner menus.

Mummy Dogs from Better Homes & Gardens

Breadstick Bones from Plain Chicken

Halloween Mac-n-Cheese
Stay tuned for some spooky ideas for Halloween sweets and party ideas coming soon!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Today's Spooktober Guest ~ Welcome to Room 36

Hello this is Mrs. Williamson from Welcome to Room 36. I have a ghost measuring activity that I think your kiddos will love. All you need to do is print and laminate the ghosts on white cardstock. You can lay the ghosts on the carpet or tape them to the wall. I always have my kids lie on the carpet while a partner measures them. Then they can fill out the recording sheet I have provided. You may also make a large ghost out of bulletin board paper and have the kids measure the ghost. 

You can get the ghost measuring activity by clicking here.

How hauntingly cute is that ghost measurement activity, Mrs. Williamson!  Thanks so much for being our guest today!  

Float on by Welcome to Room 36 for more inspiration!  

Monday, October 24, 2011

Today's Spooktober Guest ~ 2 Teaching Mommies

Hello, hello.  We’re Amber and Madonna from 2 Teaching Mommies. In our before kids life we were both teachers.  Now we are stay at home moms trying to make life a little easier on moms and teachers by offering free preschool printables! 

As teachers (and mommies) we are always looking for ways to take fun things and make them learning opportunities. As Halloween draws ever nearer we racked our brains on ways to have some fun without being too spooky! The result of our brainstorming sessions was a unit all about spiders!

Here were a couple of our favorite spider activities!

W is for Web- Teaches your child how letters are linked to sounds to form letter-sound correspondence. (We have two ways you can do this activity- lacing or coloring. You can color with a white crayon or chalk. If you use chalk spray the paper with hair spray before gluing. The hair spray sets the chalk and it won't continue to flake off.)


Smack the Spider- Have your child smack the letter you call out to reinforce letter recognition.

Tactile Spider Craft- Before setting down with your kiddo, create a spider web using a glue gun on finger painting paper. Set aside to cool and dry. When its cool and dry, place it in front of your kiddo and let him color on the web with finger paint! You can see a more detailed posting on our site!

This year we are expanding our spider unit with some more creepy crawly learning, so be sure and check us out over at 2 Teaching Mommies to see what we are up too!

Amber and Madonna
2 Teaching Mommies

How spider-iffic those activities are, girls!  Thanks so much for being our guest today!  

Saturday, October 22, 2011


I tried to get this out to ya'll yesterday, but it just didn't happen. So sorry my friends! My kinders absolutely LOVE graphing and sorting...especially when it comes to EATING! 
All you need to do is download and purchase these little fellas... 
I like the individually wrapped the best because you don't have to worry about giving one child "too many" of something and having someone get upset if you know what I mean. :)
 (Click the picture to download)

Sorry about the downloading issues earlier. I forgot to make it downloadable to my friends. EEKK! My apolgies. ENJOY! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Spooktober Giveaway!

So I don't know about ya'll, but this week has been the craziest week EVVVER!  I was out of school all week last week and I've spent every second trying to catch up and it's not doing much good AND on top of that the weather down here in good ole' Tennessee went from 88 on Sunday to a  whopping 43 degrees today and they said the "S" word on the weather channel this morning! So imagine the children's behavior.....AHHH! Where are the emoticons when you need them?

Anyway, to get this weekend off to a fantabulous start (it's practically Friday anyway right?) let's do a giveaway!! What could be better than FREE?
A fabulous etsy store called Cloud Street Lab has offered some of her amazing products and friends....OH. EEM. GEE. This stuff if KEY.UTE!

This giveaway is for 2 winners to choose ANY product from their store!! 

Here's what you gotta do--
1. Become a facebook fan of Cloud Street Lab by clicking here
2. Follow Cloud Street Lab via Twitter here
3. Follow Cloud Street Lab's blog here
4. Become a fan of Frogs Bees and Under the Seas on Facebook here
5. Follow the FBU girls blog by clicking our JOIN US button. :)
Winners to be announced Tuesday, October 26th.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Today's Spooktober Guest ~ Miss Kindergarten

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be a guest blogger for the FBU girls! I seriously love these ladies and was SO honored when I got an email from them over the summer letting me know that they were featuring my blog! {I was at El Pollo Loco and the cashier guy probably thought I was loco...}

Anyway...I'm super duper excited that Halloween is almost here! It is my favorite holiday! But it also makes me pretty nervous! A bunch of kids running around in costumes in the dark night!? It's a recipe for disaster! So I created this Halloween Safety Book to use with my kinders. {I didn't make it up, I saw it in a kindergarten class and just cutesified it with cute clip art and font!}

Download your own copy by clicking on the image!


Oh my goodness, Hadar, what a fun Halloween-y idea!  Safety is always important, especially on days that the "lil' monsters" are too excited to think clearly!  Thanks so much for being our guest today!  Be sure and visit Miss Kindergarten & see what amazing ideas she keeps coming up with! :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Today's Spooktober Guest ~ The Moffatt Girls & A Winner

Spookober Greetings to Everyone!

This is Annie Moffatt from The Moffatt Girls Blog!  I feel so honored to be guest posting for the WONDERFUL ladies from Frogs, Bees and Under the Seas!  Thank you so much for asking me:)

As a stay at home Mommy of two little girls (2 and 4 years old), I love to make learning FUN!  Play dough is fun and so easy to make that we usually make it every month!   This month we decided to make some Pumpkin Spice Play Dough for our Fall learning experiences.  Ready to make some yummy smelling Play Dough?

* 2 Cups flour  * 2 Cups warm water
* 2 Tbsp. cooking oil * 1 Tbsp. cream of tartar 
 * 1 cup salt  * red + yellow food coloring = orange
* pumpkin spice

Mix the water and the food coloring together.  Add the other ingredients to a pan and mix in water.  Cook on medium to high heat and stir until play dough thickens and forms into a ball.  Kneed for a couple of minutes.  That's it!  You can store in a plastic bag or container and it will last a long time!

Since dramatic play is so important in a child's life, the girls love making pumpkin pie straight from their little kitchens.  Notice the cute little crimping on the edges:)

Little hands can roll the Play Dough into snake like pieces and form the letters needed to make these Fall words.  Click {HERE} to get your free printable!

This Color-by-Number printable is also a fun way to learn Fall words!

I hope you continue to FALL into more Spooktober ideas from Frogs, Bees and Under the Seas!  Thanks again for asking The Moffatt Girls to guest post:)

Wow, Annie!  How trick-or-treat-SWEET of you to offer such fun freebies!  Thank you so much for being our guest today!  Go visit The Moffatt Girls for some awesome ideas (and amazing pre-K curriculum)!  :)

AND...the winner of our LIL' BOO Digital Party Collection is...hlr2482, comment #21!  

Congratulations!!!  Please leave us a comment with your email address & we'll get your prize to you asap! :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Today's Spooktober Guest ~ The Teacher's Lane

Hello, everyone!  My name is Kim from The Teacher's Lane.  I was seriously excited when the ladies of Frogs, Bees, & Under the Seas asked me to participate in their Spooktober series.  One of the things I like best about their blog is that they're not afraid to work some awesome crafting in.  I'm relatively new to blogging about my teaching, but I've also had a crafting blog for a while now, so I feel right at home here! :-)

I have a thing about hall passes.  As in, I don't really like them.  They are constantly getting left somewhere, put away in the wrong place, or just lost for good somewhere in the twilight zone.  And we won't even think about the germs that start to gather with all those trips to the restoom!  Blech!!  I've used disposable passes for a while now, but I finally found a way to keep track of them in a cute way too.  I wanted to share with you a quick tutorial to make a fun Hall Pass holder.

Let's get to it!  Gather a wooden frame (super cheap at Michael's), black craft paint, a foam brush, two small different colored pieces of felt, and two metal hooks (easily found in the hardware section of WalMart or Target). 

First, give your frame a good coat of black paint.  (I have so had the Rolling Stones stuck in my head all night while painting this...paint it, paint it, paint it, paint it black.  I swear, I'm not that old, but I do seriously love me some oldies.)

While that's drying, start cutting your felt into two circles.  The bigger the circle you cut, the bigger your rosette is going to be.  Also, the wider you cut the rings of your circle, the taller your rosette will be.  In this picture, I cut the purple felt wider than the orange, and you can see the difference in the heights. 

Once you have the circles cut, just take one end and start wrapping it around and around, adding a little hot glue every now and then to help it stay together. 

Once you have your rosettes done, you need to place them on your frame and figure out where you want them to go.  You can hot glue them down, but I plan to change my frame up monthly to go with the different holidays and seasons, so I'm using velcro dots to adhere mine.

Drill a couple holes into the bottom of the frame so you can screw in the hooks to hang your hall passes from. 

Speaking of those hall passes...make 'em cute and easy for those little hands to grab or hang on their wrist!  I just hot glued some fun ribbon onto the backs of these. Pop in a seasonal picture and you're done!

What do you think...ready to make your own?  I'll be sharing my monthly prints and hall passes every month over on The Teacher's Lane, so be sure to come by and get them!

Thanks so much for having me, guys!

Ok, we are seriously lovin' seasonal hall passes!  Anything seasonal makes me SCREAM with delight!  he-he!  Thanks so much, Kim for being our guest today!  So, what are you waiting for?  Go get that freebie cutie over at The Teacher's Lane!