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Flat Skelly Skeleton

Halloween shenanigans are in full swing…decorating the house, planning trick or treat costumes, fun at pumpkin patches, carving jack-o-lanterns, spooky crafts, fun snacks and more!  As a grandparent, I love to be as much a part of all this as possible, but realize it is not feasible to do so.  Flat Skelly Skeleton is here to help out with just that!

The Flat Stanley Project is an awesome project that our children were able to take part in back when they were in elementary school.  Have you been lucky enough to be a part of it as well?   The teacher provided a template of “Flat Stanley” for the kids to color.  The kids then mail him to various friends, family members or anyone of interest.  The recipient takes Stanley along with them for a day, taking pictures and writing about his visit.  Once done, they mail him back along with the pictures and journal notes.  It is a great literacy program that also teaches geography in a very fun way.

Flat Skelly Skeleton ~

Flat Skelly is similar to Flat Stanley.  This is a fun way for grandparents (or any friend or family member) to be a part of Halloween activities…even if they are not physically present.  I have made it super easy for you to print out the fun Flat Skelly Skeleton poem along with the Jointed Skeleton template. Then all you have to do is mail them to your favorite little ghoul(s).  They will be so excited to share all of their Halloween fun with you!

Flat Skelly Skeleton Poem ~

Click here for free download of Flat Skelly Poem

Jointed Skeleton Directions~

Click here for FREE printout of Flat Skelly Skeleton

 

I found this free skeleton printout by Preschoolactivities.us.  You can use the link next to the picture above to print out or go to their website with the skeleton coloring page Preschoolactivities.us skeleton coloring page.  There are also other free options on Pinterest if you wish to use a different image.  Print these on copy paper or card stock.

You have options regarding how you wish to mail these to the little ones.  You can leave the skeleton template in tact so that they can cut out the pieces or you can pre-cut and put the pieces, along with the brads, in an envelope.  The option you choose will depend mostly upon the age of the child you are sending to and whether they are skilled with scissors yet.

Whoever ends up cutting and putting the skeleton together will need these instructions ~

  1. Cut out each skeleton part
  2. Let your child color and decorate, if desired
  3. Insert small brads at each joint to make Skelly movable (see below for more information on brads)
  4. Tape a popsicle stick or cookie stick to back of the skeleton

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*Types of small brads to try ~

Brads are two pronged paper fastners that usually have some type of decorative top.  There are different sizes, so pay attention to the details.  The mini-sized ones may be the best option for Flat Skelly since he is a bit smaller printout.  Below are some fun varieties:

Mini-sized, multi-color brads

Assorted colors of brads ~

Halloween brads ~

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Once you introduce your children to the world of “brads” in crafting, the possibilities are endless.  They are such a versatile and inexpensive item to add to your craft baskets.  I even use them for scrapbooking!

There have been numerous spin offs of the original Flat Stanly that are so much fun to explore.  This project is a little different in that the child is receiving Flat Skelly instead of sending him to others.  They then have the responsibility to make sure pictures get taken and if of writing age, journaling about their fun experiences throughout the month of October.

You can take it a step further and get them a little “Flat Skelly Skeleton” journal to use for their journaling.  Here are some fun ideas:

Fun Vintage Style Skeleton Notebook

Dancing Skeleton Journal with blank pages

Wide Ruled Skeleton Journal

Sending Flat Skelly As A Package ~

If you live far away or like to send snail mail to the recepient of this awesome Halloween activity, here is what you will need to remember:

  • Skelly Skeleton Poem
  • Jointed Skelly Skeleton (or cut out pieces and put in envelop if sending to smaller children)
  • 8 brads
  • Popsicle or cake pop stick

Send it in a festive envelope.  I used a large manila envelope so there would be no fold creases.  Use stickers or color fun Halloween images on the outside.  What child would not be excited to receive this special delivery?

It’s no secret how much my family loves Halloween.  Even if you don’t love spooky things, you can enjoy Halloween with your kids.  To me, it is not just about the 31st….it’s a whole month of family fun!.  Whether it is as simple as coloring with your kids, crafting or making festive foods, you will create memories to last a lifetime.

Other Halloween Festivities to Check Out ~

Last year I shared some Halloween ideas:

Fun food ideas for Halloween!  Lots of fun ideas…including the infamous Feet Loaf!!!

Halloween Gingerbread Houses!  Buy a kit or make your own….it’s great fun either way!

You’ve Been Booed!!! 👻  This is an annual MUST in every neighborhood!

The month of October just really flies by way too quickly!  Don’t let these festive opportunities get away from you!  You may just find that you have more fun than your kids do!  Be sure to follow me if you aren’t already by entering your email…I promise you I won’t overfill your inbox….only good things coming and at good intervals!

Happy Haunting to all of you!

Mimi

 

Rare Halloween Blue Moon

As if 2020 hasn’t been crazy enough….October 31, 2020 will showcase a rare blue moon!  What is a blue moon?  When a second full moon illuminates the sky in the same month, it is referred to as a blue moon.  It’s not actually blue in color…it is just so uncommon that it was given this special name.  I’m sure you have heard the saying, “Once in a blue moon.”  That saying is obviously used when things are rare!  We brought October 1, 2020 in with the Harvest Moon and will be saying goodbye to October on October 31 with a rare Halloween blue moon.

There are many different thoughts regarding this phenomenon occurring in 2020.  I like to think of it as Halloween is going to be a little different for us this year, so we are being given this extra little treat!  Instead of trying to blur our thoughts with another weird happening…let’s celebrate this unusual experience.

Enjoy a Cocktail ~

Gather up your festive drinkware and make a batch of Blue Moons.  Cocktailsandshots.com has a festive recipe for the Blue Moon here!   Of course, you can also stock up on the Blue Moon Belgian White!

For a festive non-alcoholic drink to mix up for the family, try this link:  Blue Moon Frozen Punch Recipe by Momskoop.com

Make Some Snacks ~

There are so many different treats that you can buy that are already blue in color.  But let’s get crazy and make some fun “blue” snacks for the family.  They don’t have to be “moon” themed, but it will be extra fun if you create some recipes that still have the spooky Halloween flair to them while still being blue:

Poison Halloween Apples that are blue-purplish in color….perfect!!!  Follow this link for awesome blue/black candied apples by wannabite.com.  Wanna Bite has done a fantastic job with this wicked recipe:

Blue Monster Popcorn is another fun idea!  Check out the Blue Monster Popcorn by Smart Party Planning!  The whole family will be sure to love  this monster popcorn recipe by Smart Party Planning:

Of course, with the fall season, everyone is always looking for new soup recipes.  Amazon has a great Blue Moon Soup Cookbook filled with delicious soup recipes for the family.  A charming recipe book filled with recipes that call for many items you will already have stocked in your pantry.  What’s even better is that it is a kid-friendly book that urges the family to cook together.

Do Some Crafting ~

With any good themed family night, crafts HAVE to be added in for good family fun.  I have saved several paper plate crafts on Pinterest for the grandkids to do because they are easy for different age groups and supplies are easy to have on hand.  I am a sucker for interactive books and crafts, and this paper plate bat craft by kidscraftroom.com is no exception.  Once finished, you will have a big full moon with flying bats in front of it.  Although the pictures in the directions display a solid  yellow moon, let them add in a bit of blue to the moon to go along with this theme.  Check out this paper plate bat craft by kidscraftroom.com

Read Some Books ~

It’s a good idea to read some books that help kids understand why you are making such a big deal of this rare occurrence.  They will, of course, enjoy all of the fun food, drink and crafts, but why not bring it all together with a little learning.

The Boy and the Blue Moon is a wonderful story of a boy and his cat walking on the night of a blue moon.  Their walk quickly turns into a magical adventure.  Once back in bed, the boy wonders…was it all just a dream?

I Am Moon is filled with big print and bright images to help kids understand how the Moon moves in space with Earth as well as the Solar System and basic concepts of astronomy.

There are many of us out there that just  love Halloween and the spooky celebrations with witches and goblins.  However, I find this to be a little refreshing to bring in more October fun that centers around the beautiful moon that usually serves as a backdrop to all of our Halloween delight.  This October, we are bring the rare Halloween blue moon front and center and celebrating all that is unique about it!

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