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Saturday

Teal Pumpkin



Teal Pumpkins are awesome.  If you haven't heard about them yet.  I encourage you to take a look at www.TheTealPumpkinProject.org.  It's an exciting initiative that encourages people to provide non-food treats this Halloween.  There are so many good reasons to do this.  Primarily, it provides an option for trick or treaters with food allergies to safely enjoy your "treats".  But it also gives all children an opportunity to not choose sugar often heavily dyed candy.  

Let's face it, fall is a crazy busy time of year.  Frankly, change can be hard especially when have established routines that are widely supported by all stores and marketers everywhere.  Seriously, EVERY store we walk into this time of year has food treats piled high at the front of the store and all you have to do is buy the bag, dump the bag in any bowl, and your ready.  But I'm betting these 3 simple facts will help you realize it is just as simple to add a Teal Pumpkin.  

Number 1: It's about adding not subtracting.  If you follow me on periscope you know I've done more than a couple of Teal Pumpkin inspired scopes.  The most common question I heard was, "But I love providing candy" or "what if my neighbors are angry that I don't have candy?" The beauty of adding a teal pumpkin is that you don't have to subtract your traditional offerings.  You just want to be sure that you add a seperate bowl of non-food treats.  That's it.  (If you missed my scopes on the topic I have them saved for replay on my Katch Page.  Click here to check them out.  

Number 2: You don't have to paint a pumpkin.  Look don't get me wrong it's fun and so appreciated when you take the time paint and decorate teal pumpkins.  My kids and I had the best time doing it.  But don't let lack of craftiness or time stop you from participating in this wickedly awesome initiative.  Just grab a bowl or a bin and print out sign to let people now that this bowl contains only non-food treats. The bin I pictured above is for our trunker-treating event.  I purchased them at the Dollar Tree for, you guessed it, a dollar.  I got multiple ones and then made this little sign to print on each one.  EASY!  I'm including the full graphic below.  Feel free to print it out and use it.  (Just be sure to keep that line on the bottom regarding the FARE trademark.  It's required for use of the adorable pictured in the center.) To download our sign simply right click on the below image and save it to your device.


Number 3: Non-Food Items are everywhere.  You don't have to make an extra stop to find them.  This time of year the dollar tree is loaded with large packs of creepy rings, Halloween stickers, creepy bugs, bubbles, Halloween pencils and erasers.  If you aren't like me and always up for a quick browse of your local dollar spot.  You can also find great deals on these affordable non-food items at Halloween Costume stores, Party Supply Stores, Target, Walmart, and Most Grocers.  And don't forget about online retailers like oriental trading and amazon.  Those non-food treats come straight to you.

Are you planning to teal pumpkin this year? If so I'd love to hear about it or better yet see a pick of your non-food allergy treat stash!  Leave a comment below...


  

Friday

5 Silly Pumpkin Bath Bombs!

We love doing the five little pumpkins rhyme with friends.  We have done it as a felt activity and with clothes pins.  But my favorite way by far has been by making these adorable little bath bombs.  This is fun, semi-messy way to add a sensory experience to the rhyme! (Click Here to watch a replay our live stream making this recipe on periscope)

Ingredients:
Baking Soda: 1 Cup
Citric Acid: Half Cup
Witch Hazel in a Squirt Bottle
Food coloring as desired.

In a small bowl mix Baking Soda and Citric Acid until they are well blended and smooth.  Next whisk in your food coloring if desired.  Now for the two handed part of this adventure!  Spray the witch hazel incorporating it into the dry mixture with a wire whisk.  You want to make the product wet enough to clump together but not so wet that it starts fizzing.  It should be about the consistency of Kinetic Sand.  Finally Pop them into your silicone pumpkin molds to shape, then set out to air dry for 2 days.  If you would prefer to order your molds through amazon.  Check out these great ones: Wilton 24 Cavity Silicone Mold


Rhyme Time!
When your ready to rhyme.  I recommend providing 5 little pumpkin bath bombs on a plate to each participant and a bowl or mason jar.  Now here is the "choose your own adventure" portion of the activity.  You can fill the bowl with one three options: (Click here to watch our live stream on periscope of each of these options)

1) Water: This will provide a fun subtle bubbling effect and you can really watch that pumpkin roll in the water!

2) Vinegar: Brace for bubbles.  This will provide maximum fizz.  You will get to fill lots of tingly bubbles popping to the surface.  This is a much more rapid bubble and fizz then plain water.  But it typically will stay contained in your vessel.

3) Vinegar + a Few drops of dish soap: This will turn the fizz from step 2 into an overflowing bubbling cauldron of foam!  Super fun. You can also add a few drops of food coloring to this option it will turn your lightly tented foam into a bubbling rainbow caldron.  :)

We modify the rhyme slightly from "Sitting on a GATE" to "Sitting on a Plate"


Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a plate.
The first one said, "Oh, my it's getting late"
The second one said, "There are witches in the air."
The third one said, "But we don't care."
The fourth one said, "Let's run, let's run!"
The fifth one said, "Isn't Halloween fun?"
 
Then Woooooo went the wind
And OUT went the lights.
 
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.



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