Friday, October 16, 2009


Monster Boy cannot call them plain Ghosts, for some unknown reason, so we named this project "Ghosties". He had a BLAST making these and it was super-easy!

Items you will need:

Styrofoam balls (in the size of your choice - I used multiple sizes for this project)
White fabric (you will need to cut this into squares to go over the Styrofoam balls)
Yarn, ribbon, or other tying mechanism of your choice! (We used yarn)
Black Marker or Fabric Paint (We went the marker route, but you may want to test your fabric first - the marker bled pretty badly on our fabric)
Optional - Small Dowel Rods or Paperclips and string


Take your Styrofoam Ball (if you have chosen to use a dowel rod, you will want to insert it into the ball at this point) and cover with your fabric. Using your yarn (or other choice), tie around the fabric underneath the ball to create a head. (If you are using a dowel rod, you will want it to be coming out of the loose fabric) You now have the basics of your ghost. Taking your fabric paint or marker, draw a face on your ghost - our preferred face was two solid black ovals for eyes and a larger solid black oval for the mouth. You now have a Ghostie! You can use stamps, stickers, markers, etc to decorate your Ghosties however you want. If you have chosen the Paperclip and string items - bend one end of your paperclip out straight and press through fabric and into Styrofoam ball to create a hook.

Suggested uses: If you utilized the dowel rods, you can create a "Ghostie" bouquet - take a pot, bucket, candle holder, anything really, and fill it with the green floral foam. Stick the dowel rods into the foam at random intervals to create your "bouquet" of Ghosties. Cover the foam with face spiderwebs and plastic spiders for even more fun effect! If you created a hook with your paperclip - hang with string from the ceiling, doorways, in windows, or wherever you (or your child) would like!

Friday, October 2, 2009


Wow, we have had a busy couple of days. Today we made mini-pizzas. These are Monster Boy's favorite so far.

You will need:

Pizza Sauce
Pizza Cheese (I like the Pizza Mix they make - it melts the best)
Toppings of your choice (we are Pepperoni fans here in the Mac household)
Home style Biscuits (the kind in the can)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Open your biscuits. Stretch them out until they are about 1/2 their normal thickness (or thinner if you prefer a thinner crust to your pizza!) and set them out on your cookie tray. Take one tablespoon of Pizza Sauce per biscuit and spread around (this is Monster Boy's favorite part) each biscuit. Top with a small handful of cheese and toppings of your choice. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cheese is lightly browned and biscuits are cooked through.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Piglets in a Blanket

I actually stole this idea from the woman whose daycare I worked at in college.

This was a HUGE hit with Monster Boy today - he even helped me make them and had a blast. They are super easy to make.

You will need:

A package of cocktail sausages (better known as Little Smokies)
Uncooked crescent rolls (the kind that come in a tube)

Preheat your oven according to the directions on the crescent rolls.
Open the crescent rolls and spread them out. Cut them in Half or Thirds (depending on how much you want around the sausages). Wrap them around the center of the Little Smokie, the same as you would a hot dog. Place on your baking sheet and put in the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the crescent rolls are lightly browned.

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