Black card stock
Directions: Using your bat template, trace and cut out your bats from the black card stock. Then straight stitch down the center of all the bats connecting them together! There you go, now you’re probably pretty batty too!
So now you’ve got two simple projects from the same template (see the bat mobile)… if you make it and share it, please leave a link to it in the comments! I would love to check it out!this pin, but I think my bats don’t look quite as scary.
Bat template (click to download and print)
Black card stock
1. Using the bat template, trace 9 bats on the card stock and proceed to cut them out.
2. Arrange the bats (see picture above for bat arrangment).
3. Sew along the right wing of the top bat with a straight stitch, allow about 3″-4″ of stitching (with no bat attached), and then proceed to straight stitch the 4 bats on the right side. You will want to try and sew down the middle of the 4 bats to keep the mobile balanced. Repeat for the remaining side. Snip any excess thread.
4. Punch a small hole about 1/4″ in from the top bat head (center the hole on the bat head). String a piece of thread through (I used invisible thread), knot, and hang!
Do you get festive for Halloween? If so, what kinds of decor do you have up?This black and white geometric banner would be cool for Halloween decorating (or just because decorating too!). These scary eyes treats are perfect for a Halloween party. this black cats and friendly ghosts banner and lights!
This is just a little round up of some things we have done in the past that would be perfect for Halloween! There’s also this Halloween headband project and this easy “boo” sign on the mantle. I have a few new things to make too, so we I will be sharing those with you soon!
What are some of your other fave Halloween DIYs from around the web?homeschooling post, I wrote about how I love integrating literature and using a story to connect to other subject areas. Well, Chronicle Books sent over a stack of books and the book, Little Red Writing, was a perfect bounce-off story that we were able to use to make many different connections with. We’re deep into nouns, pronouns, and verbs right now and this story allowed us to talked about those parts in depth even more. Then, we got into story plot, and then summarizing, and the list can go on and on.
The wonderful thing about Chronicles Books’ site, is that besides the great story, Chronicle Books has downloadable discussion guides to accompany (most) their books (and they’re FREE folks!). These guides meet Common Core standards and help give more depth to the learning that come out of these stories. I’m all about this! Actually, I’m not sure if I ever mentioned this, but Ben works two jobs and besides being a health educator at a local hospital, his other one is working for a local school district creating lesson plans that teach nutrition. These lesson plans meet California Content Standards, include children literature, and have various ideas to show how nutrition can be connected to other subjects learned in school. These guides totally remind me of the lessons Ben creates!
Anyway, as we discussed the story, I used the tips and suggestions in the guide. We did a compare and contrast chart with the original Little Red Riding Hood versus Little Red Writing. The girls laughed at the fun facts I shared from the worksheets. Did you know March 30th is National Pencil Day?!! It’s such a good resource for any teacher or parent who wants some sort of guide that will help further their child’s ability to make connections and practice reading comprehension.
We took the Little Red Writing story even further to create our own characters…
Many of Chronicle’s traditional books have the discussion guide/activity kits to accompany it. We have a nice stash of books they sent over, so we will definitely be using the guides as we go through these too.Chronicle Books wants to set one of you up with a nice little stash of books… all you have to do is leave a comment telling me your all time favorite book and you could be entered to win $100 of Chronicle Kids books as a prize! If you wanted to check out some of their discussion guides/activity kit, check it out here, here, or here. Not only are there guides for discussing books, but there are kits that give you resources to have a party centered around a book! This one on Ivy & Bean is pretty neat. Giveaway will end next Wednesday, September 25th at 8am PST. The winner will be announced at the bottom of this post.
Chronicle also has a Pinterest account called Chronicle Classroom and there you can even get more resources for reading and learning activities, and there it’s broken down nicely by grade (Love everything in this section for my girls!). As a homeschooling mama, I definitely appreciate good resources like this that are easy to navigate and are engaging (and eye catching) for the kids. Look at how great this simple math card is!
*This post is sponsored by Chronicle Books. Thank you for continuous support of this space and my sponsors! I appreciate you all very much!!! Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post so you can win your own stash of books to add to your library!
The winner of the $100 prize of books is…