Activity: Make a Mr. Shape Scarecrow with Education.com

Nothing says “Fall” like a spectacularly spooky scarecrow! And if you pay attention, you can see them everywhere this time of year. You can point them out to your child at the grocery store or in neighbor’s yards. This Halloween, you and your child make one of your own using some old clothes and a little creativity. Your child will practice his shape recognition along the way and he’ll get to see his scarecrow come to life. Not to mention he’ll be doing some serious recycling while he’s at it!

What You Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Markers
  • Popsicle stick
  • Glue
  • Yellow yarn or construction paper for hair
  • Fabric scraps or construction paper
  • Tape
  • Old long-sleeved shirt, pair of pants, and gloves
  • Straw hat
  • Lots of plastic bags for stuffing
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper or newspaper (optional)
  • Safety pins

 

What You Do:

  • Help your child stuff the clothes with the plastic bags. The most effective way to do this is to scrunch the plastic bags into balls and then stuff them into the clothes. Do this until you have filled out the clothes completely so that they’ve got some body to them.
  • Add gloves to the ends of the sleeves. You can stuff the gloves with tissue paper if you like, or just leave them empty. You can attach them to the ends of the sleeves with safety pins.
  • While you’re making your scarecrow, talk to your child about the different shapes he sees within the scarecrow. Does he see any triangles? Are there any circles? Or squares?
  • Using markers, have your child draw a face on the paper plate. He can make it as scary or as friendly as he likes! Glue or tape a popsicle stick to the bottom of the back of the plate to hold the “head” up.
  • Help your child cut different sized strips of yellow construction paper for hair or use yellow yarn. Glue onto the plate.
  • Place the popsicle stick head into the neck of the shirt. You might need to reinforce it with some more scrunched-up plastic bags. Add a straw hat on top. You can stuff the hat with some newspaper as well if you like.
  • Ask your child to name some shapes. Help him draw them on paper or fabric. Have your child cut them out. These will be the patches for the scarecrow’s clothing.
  • Tape the patches all over your scarecrow’s clothes.
  • Sit your scarecrow outside in a visible place for all to enjoy! This makes for a great Halloween decoration to ward off those crows and any other unwanted guests!

*This guest post is courtesy of Education.com and this activity is exclusive to Crunchy on the Weekend!

Declutter Challenge: Week 1

Welcome to our Week 1 Challenge!

This week, we are tackling the Home Office Space. I refer to this space as “The Heart of the Home” because it is the space you need to manage things like mortgages, rent, utilities, insurance, taxes, income, expenses, and other crucial documents. I strongly believe that every home needs some kind of dedicated office space. This space doesn’t necessarily have to be a whole separate room either. Many families do not have an extra bedroom that can be used solely as an office. Get creative! Pinterest has a ton of ideas for small office spaces that leave you organized without sacrificing your space.

My husband pays the bills in our front bedroom which we have dedicated as the office. I’ll be honest…that space is NOT working. Functionally or organizationally. Our filing system is flawed and we need to rearrange to help the room flow better.

Yikes…the before

As I mentioned in the last post, when we moved in, we were solely focused on getting our stuff from Point A to Point B. Unfortunately, organization and functionality took a backseat. Because of that, we are now seeing how unorganized we are a year later! It makes a big difference in how your home functions. Ask my mom- she is amazing at organizing and our house drives her crazy! ha!

So…shall we get started?!

P.S. If you have decided you want access to our printables for this challenge, contact us! These will help you tremendously throughout the challenge!

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How to Declutter Your House: Challenge Series

Moving into a new space is a pain. Honestly. Add in a toddler, a dog, two full-time jobs, anxiety, and just life in general and it makes it really hard to truly organize your house. 

We moved in to our new house last December right before Christmas, after a very stressful sale of our previous house. My husband and I both took off a couple days from work to move all of our stuff into the new house. I’ll be honest, we have a ton of crap. We truly didn’t have nearly enough time to arrange and organize everything. We just wanted to get moved in and live life. 

Now that we’ve been here for a little more than a year, we’re realizing how much clutter and crap we have! Plus, our stuff just isn’t functional and organized. You may feel the same way about your space!

For the next 7 weeks, join us on a Declutter Challenge! We’re going room by room to sort out the clutter, throw out the junk, donate or sell the excess, and organize the necessities. 


Are you ready!?

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How to Make a Cleaning Schedule

Keeping a clean house is not always the easiest with kids running around. Believe me, I get it! Just ask the dust bunnies living in the corners of my house! 

One of my goals this year is to get  into a better cleaning routine to help alleviate some of the stress that comes along with cleaning house. Also, it frees up more of my time on the weekends and evenings so I can spend it doing things I want to do, like playing with my kids!

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