Monday, October 10, 2011

Owaso Pumpkin Patch (FUMC)

 On Sunday we visited the First United Methodist Church's Pumpkin Patch in Owasso.  This is our 3rd year going to this patch and, as usual, we had a great time.  It's hard to imagine that the first time we went to this pumpkin patch as a family Elliott was Oliver's age and I was pregnant with Oliver!  Time flies when you have kids!

So many pumpkins, how will I choose?
 Sometimes if you get on top of the pumpkin you'll know if it's "the one."

Sometimes sitting on the pumpkins helps in your search!

Climbing the pumpkins has been known to work, too!

 Oliver found the perfect pumpkin!

 Elliott found his prize pumpkin!

 Pushing those wheel barrows is hard work for a little guy!

 A little help from Daddy.

 The boys with our car full of hay and pumpkins!

Elliott was helping add the pumpkins to our outdoor decorations.  I just love that big pumpkin in front!  The stem looks like a witches hat!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Halloween Crafts

Halloween is such a fun holiday and it's even more fun when you can make cute Halloween crafts!  Here are a few crafts we've been working on so far this month.

 Ghosts and Spiders!

We taped a face onto a mason jar and then painted it orange and peeled off the tape.  There's a battery operated light in the jar, it makes a perfect pumpkin night light.

Elliott saw the Frankenstein and witch hand print crafts on-line and wanted to do them!

 Egg Carton Spiders

We used tape to put a face on this pumpkin. Oliver painted over it and then we peeled the tape off.  Turned out pretty cute!

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Zoo with Nana Pat

We were able to spend some time visiting my grandmother, Nana Pat, in Nixa, MO last weekend.  Greg had to travel to Doniphan, MO for his Uncle Charlie's funeral, so the boys and I stayed behind.  The weather was absolutely beautiful and it was a perfect day for the Zoo!  Here are some pics!

Here's Oliver feeding the animals.

Elliott preferred feeding the goats.

Lunch time!

The gigantic jack-o-lantern

Those pumpkins were huge!

Going on a train ride.

Elliott and Nana rode together.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

More Apple Activites

After having our Play and Learn Group over for apple activities we decided to keep the theme going.  We read "Ten Apples Up On Top" by Dr. Seuss again and we also checked out the video from the library.  Elliott and Oliver both enjoyed watching it, and afterwords while Oliver was sleeping Elliott made this craft.

Elliott used his fingerprints to make apples on his head - just like in the book.   He wanted to include his whole name!

 Next I made a tree on our white board and hid apples with numbers on them around the room.  They boys had to find the apples, tell me the number, and place it on the tree.

 After we took them off the tree we decided to turn the board over and put the numbers in order.  When we had them in order we realized they made a pattern!  We took turns secretly taking an apple off and then the other person tried to figure out which apple came next in the pattern. Activities like this are always a challenge with Oliver around because he's really good at taking the ones we've already done off and on again and mixing everything up!

This page was titled, "How Many Apples?"  Here's Elliott making apples in each of the boxes with his fingerprint.  The boxes were numbered 1-10
Of course Oliver wanted in on the fun, too!

This is the finished product of the apple printings we did with our P&L Group.  I love how they included their hand prints!

Play and Learn Group

Our Play and Learn Group met at our house last week and our theme was Apples!  With three 3/4 yr olds and three 18-24 month olds there was never a dull moment!  We had a great time!  Here are a few of our activities!

We started our lesson by reading "Ten Apples Up On Top" by Dr. Seuss.   

Next we said a little poem:
Way up high in the apple tree
Two little apples smiled down at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could,
Down came the apples,
Mmmm, they were good! 


Here's Elliott and Lilly doing some of the movements to the poem.

Here's a picture of Ben and Lilly trying to find where the missing letters go on the felt alphabet.

We also had a felt tree with apples.  We sang "One little, two little, three little apples..." as the kids placed the apples on the tree.

Next we had to get ready for some activities in the kitchen with real apples.  Holly was able to make these cute aprons for all of the kids, so we had to get a pic!! 

Here are some of our apple activities in the kitchen:

We cut the apples open to see what was inside.

We took turns using the apple corer/slicer/peeler.
We ate many, many apples while we were working!  It was fun to see how long of a peel we could make!

Here's Jacob making apple prints

 Lilly loves to do the arts and crafts!

We made applesauce, here's Oliver using the potato masher to mash up the cook apples.

This was a wonderful way to spend our morning!  I can't wait to have more fun times with this great group!