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Witches’ Brew Story
October 31, 2009, 3:17 am
Filed under: Fall, Halloween

*I did this with my kids last year and used vinegar in the pie pan and didn’t use an overhead.  They just sat and watched as I told the story.  Then I used baking soda instead of Eno.  I think this story scared them so I will wait until they are a little older to tell them again. I got this story from my supervising teacher. 

Need: Overhead, red, yellow, green, blue food coloring, cooking oil, 1 tsp. powdered seltzer (Eno), glass pie tin filled half way with water, black witch silhouettes to lay on projector

Boys and girls, when summer is over and you are getting ready to go back to school, the Halloween witches are also very busy making plans for Halloween. they gather from all over the world, big witches, little witches, fat witches, skinny witches, ugly witches, silly witches, and old witches will hop on their broomsticks and fly far, far away to the cave of the oldest, meanest, and ugliest witch of all. Each one will bring with her a secret ingredient to be put into the pot of brew.  

The old witch is ready and waiting for them. Her lazy black cat is asleep by the fire and a large pot is filled with water and hanging over the fire. Would you like to take a look inside the pot?  

(remove the witch silhouettes from the overhead and place the glass pie plate with the water on it)

Watch it carefully. The ugly old witch is saying, “Fellow witches let’s begin our brew. What have you brought with you to make it more horrible than last year? I am putting some green slime from the darkest corner of my cave into it.”

(drop two drops of green food color into water)

” I will add some juice from a very evil curse,” said another

(add 3 drops of blue)

“He, he, wait till you see what I brought! It is the eyes of two dead fish,” said another.

(add 4 drops of cooking oil)

“Let me add the bile from the liver of a bat killed at midnight, ” screamed the old witch from Skimbodia.

(add 3 drops of yellow)

“I will fool everyone with a few drops of ketchup,” said another.

(add 3 drops of red)

“Here are a couple of snack eyes,” yelled another.

(add 2 drops of cooking oil)

“I risked my life getting some rattlesnake poison,” shouted one.

(add 2 drops of yellow)

And so one by one the witches added their secret ingredients to the brew. The mean old witch carefully stirred it.

(slowly stir it to swirl colors)

The fire became hotter and hotter, and soon the brew began to bubble and boil. If you listen carefully you can even hear it.

(spread a teaspoon of Eno on the brew. It will fizz and bubble for a minute and turn the mixture black)

Now the witches have made their brew for Halloween and each one will take a cup full of it and fly their broomsticks home.


Tooth Pillow
October 30, 2009, 4:00 am
Filed under: Crafts, Kids

toothpillowA few years ago I bought this cute tooth pillow for my kids.  I bought it from the Junior League Holiday Mart, but am not sure who made it.  Your kids put their tooth in the little pocket on the front and then hang the pillow on the door. This makes the job of the Tooth Fairy much easier since there is no search for a tooth under the pillow.  In the morning your kids can find some money traded for their tooth in the pocket. Here are some ideas I have found online to make your own:

Tooth Ballerina

Tooth Fairy Bag

Crafty Carnvial



pillowThis last pillow is one I made 4 years ago for a gift. 








Books: ( My oldest was really upset when he lost his first tooth.  Reading some books really helped.)

Dear Tooth Fairy

Loose Tooth by Lola Schaefer

Arthur’s Tooth by Marc Brown


Berry Smoothie
October 28, 2009, 5:24 pm
Filed under: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Recipes, Vegetarian


I am allergic to strawberries, oranges, and pineapple so I came up with this smoothie that avoids all of those fruits.  This smoothie is also dairy-free.  


1 cup mixed berries ( I used raspberries, blueberries and blackberries)

1 banana (can be frozen for a thicker drink)

1 cup raspberry apple juice

1 cup ice

Blend the fruit and juice together.  Add the ice and blend again.

Bat Craft
October 28, 2009, 4:35 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Fall, Halloween

IMG_8147IMG_8148Last night we did this little bat craft that came from No Time for Flashcards.   I just love this site.  We read Stellaluna first and then did the craft. Tomorrow we are going to read some nonfiction books on bats and make a little booklet with bat facts.

October 28, 2009, 4:30 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Fall, Halloween

skeletonYou can find this spooky skeleton here to print out, glue to paper and then hang in your house.

Ghost Painting
October 28, 2009, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Crafts, Fall, Halloween

ghostThis was a quick and easy preschool craft that I found on Learning Vicariously.   All you do is draw some ghosts using a white crayon on white paper and then let your kids watercolor over the paper to find them.  Just make sure to use a regular white crayon and not a washable one. The first time we did this craft I had used washable and the ghosts didn’t resist that much.  The kids really enjoyed this craft.

Apple Crisp
October 21, 2009, 2:27 am
Filed under: Recipes

pieOne More Moore has this great apple pie recipe posted.  I made it tonight without the crust and turned it into a crisp.  It was delicious!  We used some organic Fuji apples since they were kind of tart.  Usually the Fuji apples are so sweet, but this batch was tart and nobody was eating them, so they were perfect in this crisp.