Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Edition…

I am so excited that Halloween fell on a Tuesday this year. In lieu of a traditional school day, we are doing ALL things Halloween today! From pumpkin carving to trick-or-treating it is a perfect Tea Time Tuesday Halloween kind of day.

Featured Poem

Halloween by Mac Hammond

The butcher knife goes in, first, at the top
And carves out the round stemmed lid,
The hole of which allows the hand to go
In to pull the gooey mess inside, out –
The walls scooped clean with a spoon.

A grim design decided on, that afternoon,
The eyes are the first to go,
Isosceles or trapezoid, the square nose,
The down-turned mouth with three
Hideous teeth and, sometimes,
Round ears.
At dusk it’s
Lighted, the room behind it dark.

Outside, looking in, it looks like a
Pumpkin, it looks like ripeness
Is all.
Kids come, beckoned by
Fingers of shadows on leaf-strewn lawns
To trick or treat.
Standing at the open
Door, the sculptor, a warlock, drops
Penny candies into their bags, knowing
The message of winter: only the children,
Pretending to be ghosts, are real.

Featured Recipe

This week Kenten made “Puppy-Chowdaa” which is really just Puppy Chow with pumpkin candy corn. To make your own Puppy-Chowdaa you will need:

  • 9 cups rice cereal squares
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 bag of pumpkin candy corn

You can find the instructions to make puppy chow here. If you want to step things up, don’t forget to add in your pumpkin candy after everything else is mixed.

Our Table

We kept our table pretty simple this week because Jack and Julia needed the space to carve their pumpkins before trick-or-treating time.

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Edition.

Happy Halloween! I hope you all have an amazing, sugar filled evening. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram later to see how our pumpkins turned out and to see the kids dressed up.

Did you miss out on our past Tea Time Tuesdays? Head on over to my Tea Time page to see what you missed.

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Dollar Tree STEM Boxes

Welcome back to Homework and Horseplay. Today I am sharing some tips for how I create STEM boxes.

You can watch the video below to hear my top tips for creating your own STEM boxes. If you are not sure what STEM is, here is a break down…
S-Science
T-Technology
E-Engineering
M-Math
So, STEM boxes are simply boxes with different challenges in them that focus on at least one of those four categories.

Recap time…

Here are my top tips (just in case you would rather read them instead of listening to me babble):

  1. Pick a theme.
  2. Shop somewhere affordable, such as the Dollar Tree.
  3. Choose a box with a lid.
  4. Create challenge cards.
  5. Put all the materials needed inside the STEM box.
  6. Allow this to be an open ended challenge and encourage your children figure it out on their own!

Halloween STEM Boxes

As I said in the video, the theme I chose for this month is Halloween. I created three different challenges for my children to complete.

Challenge #1
Build a bone bridge.

Supplies:

  • Q-tips
  • Clothes pins
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

Challenge #2
Build a candy corn house.Supplies:

  • Candy corn
  • Tooth picks

Challenge #3
Make a spooky monster.
Supplies:

  • Cupcake wrappers
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pom-poms
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Thank you for stopping by.

Do you use STEM boxes in your homeschool? Comment below with a link so I can check them out! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram so you can see how my children tackled these challenges. 

Want to check out some more Halloween fun? Last week during Tea Time Tuesday we had a Halloween party with friends. You can see our spooky afternoon here.

 

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Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition…

This week our friends from Joyful Wife Life joined us for poetry tea time. I think Amanda and I may have went a little overboard with all the treats and decorations, but it was worth it to see the excitement on their faces.

Featured Poem

Spooky Tea Time Tuesday rewritten by Roxanne Raiche

Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fires burn, and cauldrons bubble…
Calling all witches, wizards, and ghosts
The Raiche Family will be your host…

Stop on by for a cup or two,
Watch out for the goblin goo…
Spooky Tea Time Tuesday begins at quarter past one
Wear your costume and be ready for fun!

I can’t take full credit for writing this poem… I found my inspiration here, but wanted to change it up to fit our Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition invitation better.

Featured Recipe

This week Jack decided to make dirt cups. To make your own dirt cups you will need:

  • 1 package (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 15 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 1-1/4 cups), divided
  • Gummi worms
  • Tombstone and bone candy


As you can see, we switched things up a little bit and made tiny grave yard dirt cups! We found our candy pieces at Walmart. You can find the instructions to make these yummy treats here.

Our Table

Under each of the children’s plates Amanda and I wrote some questions and Fun and Freaky Halloween Facts. Some of the questions were:

  • Why are pumpkins a Halloween tradition?

  • Why do we don masks and silly costumes for Halloween?

  • What’s with the door-to-door begging for candy? 

     

Thank you for joining us for Tea Time Tuesday Halloween Party Edition.

I think ALL of the children are suffering with gut rot, and may need a visit to the dentist immediately… But we had a spooky spectacular time! Want to see more from our party? I am uploading an album on my Facebook page in just a few minutes.

Would you like to check out my past Tea Time Tuesdays? Head on over to my Tea Time page.

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