Halloween Countdown Day 3: Jack O’ Paper Plates

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We kept our Halloween countdown simple with a classic today, since it was a busy Saturday. But we knew we wanted to fit in at least some Halloween fun!

So grab white paper plates and any orange coloring supplies, and turn those plates into pumpkins.

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I used marker, while Veronika preferred orange crayon.

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Next I cut facial features from black construction paper. Older siblings can help with the cutting and little ones will no doubt want to help glue the shapes on with a glue stick.

I kept our pumpkins friendly looking so they weren’t scary, but certainly feel free to make them spooky if your kids are older.

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They look perfect over a doorway in our house. Boo!

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Practical Math

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Veronika loves practicing the stairs these days, which reminded me that stairs are also the perfect place to practice… counting! While she exercises those little leg muscles, we can also exercise her brain.

As she climbs, we simply count up. Our stairs go to fifteen, which is a good stopping spot for a toddler anyway. She parrots along with me: “One, two, three.” She made me laugh when she jumped one time from seven to eleven!

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Hmm, now that we were thinking of practical ways to count around the house, what else could we easily count? I gave her a set of paper plates and cups, and we counted out place servings. One, two, three! You can do the same thing as you set the table with utensils or napkins.

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And of course don’t forget to count at snacktime. Anything like chips, cookies, nuts, or cereal pieces are perfect for counting out into piles.

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What else does your toddler like to count around the house? Doorways? Windows? Please share in the comments!