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Changeable pumpkin face, easy felt Halloween craft for kids!
From Miranda with 2 Moms and a Blog, originally posted http://2momsandablog.blogspot.com/2012/10/felt-pumpkin-tutorial-kids-can-change.html

This is a really easy, and really fun little craft for you to make for your kids leading up to Halloween. The idea came from last year's Halloween pumpkin fiasco. We let our son paint one pumpkin, and help choose the template for carving the rest. Well after all the pumpkins had been carved, he wanted them changed. Yea, that wasn't going to happen. So I've come up with a solution. A felt pumpkin with lots of different eyes, noses and mouths that he can play with to make different faces. It was so easy and cheap to make, and I got it done super fast! Here is how I did it...

What you'll need:


-Felt squares in orange, green and black (or whatever color pumpkins you want to make!)
-A roll of velcro (you can find this for cheap at your local craft store)
-Scissors (because no craft is complete without cutting something you didn't mean to!)
-Hot glue gun







Next, using the orange cut out the shapes of some pumpkins. Then cut out some different shapes for eyes, noses and mouths using the black (or again, whatever colors you want to use for your pumpkins!).



Then using the green cut a little stem for the top of the pumpkin. While you're at all this cutting, go ahead and cut some of the velcro into small strips.


Using the hot glue, attach the stem to the top of the pumpkin and let it dry while you get on with the next task.


Now glue all of those velcro pieces onto the cut outs of the eyes noses and mouths. 


And VIOLA! Once all the glue is dry it's all done and ready for it's face!


or this...


And your kids will love putting all the different shapes on the pumpkin to make different faces!


And there you have it, a really incredibly easy, super frugal craft your kids are going to have so much fun with for Halloween!


Invitation to free new website in Charlotte that helps moms better manage their kids? group activities

Hello fellow Mommies, 

I am a mom here in Charlotte and the creator of a new website called Podanize, which helps moms, dads and group leaders better organize their kids? group activities (e.g. soccer, scouts, school classes, etc.)

Kids today are over scheduled, and keeping up is a challenge: 

         What day did I volunteer at school to go read with the kids?
         Who is driving to the scout meeting?
         When am I signed up to bring the team?s snacks? 

These are just a few of the many little details that busy parents have to keep straight.  Try as we might, something inevitably falls through the cracks.  We all need a little help to stay organized.

I?d like to invite you to join our brand new website, and we?re giving local moms the first opportunity.  To join, just go to http://www.podanize.com and click Get Started to create a ?Pod? for any real-world group, or even just your family for now. You can create a Pod if you?re a group leader or a group member. It?s quick, easy and free.  Then ?get your Pod going? by adding discussions or events, and inviting others to join your Pod.  Podanize can also be accessed via a mobile browser, and our mobile app will be available in late 2013.

Our mission at Podanize is to help ease the stress that comes with keeping our kids active and involved.  To this end, we welcome any feedback you have.  Podanize is for you and is built to get better over time by adding your suggestions ? I?d love to hear from you. Also, if you know of other moms (or dads) who might benefit from Podanize, please share this with them.

Podanize is ideal for all extra-curricular activities: soccer, little league, playgroups, scout troops, swim teams, theater groups, school classes, PTA, etc. The list is endless and includes anything with a need for ongoing communication and coordination.

Again, just go to http://www.podanize.com to get started.

Best,
Nikki Sacks
Co-Founder of Podanize







Sponsors Spot : Animal Grossology at Discovery Place
Animal Grossology: Turning "EWWW" into "WOW"

Slime, barf, and other smelly stuff - there's no denying it - kids are fascinated by some pretty gross things, especially when animals are involved.

Many animals are dirty and stinky, but some take their grossness to a whole new level.  Animal Grossology at Discovery Place in Charlotte hurls you into exploring the disgusting side of science where the grosser, the better.

Combining science and disgusting fun, Animal Grossology engages kids of all ages in real life lessons that are presented in a fun showcase oozing with science.  This interactive exhibition sparks children's interest in science while learning about some of the slimiest and ickiest creatures on Earth.

Kids get to enjoy hands-on stations and games that feature tons of gross topics including "Dung Ball Rally," "Blood Sucker Blow-up," and "The Slime Game."  These wacky games teach kids lessons such as why the waste of some animals actually helps others live, ways to avoid Lyme disease or West Nile virus, and the important purpose slime serves for animals and even humans.

Meet Sir Gus Flea and Helga the Hagfish as you become an expert on the science behind Animal Grossology.  Many people think leeches are pretty gross but they're often used after some surgeries to aid in the healing process.  Did you know that cows are one of the gassiest animals on Earth? They actually produce the greenhouse gas, methane.

You can also discover why the dung beetle is nature's living pooper-scooper and why scientists are studying slug and snail slime production for clues in treating cystic fibrosis.

Be sure to join us for a journey into the en-GROSS-ing world of animals.  It's a great way to show kids that learning can be fun.

Animal Grossology is FREE with Museum admission.


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