Halloween Connect The Dots

Here’s a couple of free printable connect the dots pages.
Enjoy! And have an excellent week 🙂

FREE DOWNLOAD: BAT CONNECTBatCTD

FREE DOWNLOAD: PUMPKIN & GHOST CONNECTPUMPGHOSTCTD

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Oh, Bother!

I do love classic Winnie the Pooh quotes (I’ve attached a few for you here) but I have to admit that I’m not the only one. My entire family and I tend to curse in ‘Pooh’.

“Oh, bother!”, “Stuff and fluff!” and “Silly old Bear” are common phrases used in our house as a response to just about everything –stubbing one’s toe, messing up, or having a bad hair day.

But I say “Tiddely Pom” and “Ha!” to anyone who doesn’t understand the power of Pooh in life’s critical moments! Perhaps there’s a better way of expressing oneself but –as Pooh has said himself, “perhaps there isn’t”.

And really, I think Pooh would approve of my family’s unorthodox expletives. After all, it was Pooh who pointed out that “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” (or oh bother, stuff and fluff, tiddely pom and ha!).

 It could be worse; we could be cursing in ‘Spongebob’;

“Oh, Barnacle”

“Holy Shrimp!”

“Tartar Sauce!”

However, despite the fact that these expletives don’t have the wisdom of a Pooh, they are short, easy words. And a couple of them could describe lunch… 😉

~ Micheline

Underlander not Over-rated

To me, there’s nothing more entertaining than a good book. And one of the things I love about summer is that I can lie out on the sundeck (beach, pool, camper…) and read. Another great thing about summer is that I have more time to read since (in theory at least) I have my summers off.

The rest of the year can be challenging because I hate putting a good book down. Nowadays, things (like feeding my family) can get a bit delayed if I’m not disciplined. When my boys were younger it was okay to spend the odd day reading. If the house was a bit messy or dinner a little late all was forgiven because I’d been reading with the kids.During these good ol’ days one of Will and my favourite book series was The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins (author of the hugely successful Hunger Games trilogy, which we’ve both also devoured).

Will and I read the first book, Gregor the Overlander, together five or six years ago when Will was in grade two and we loved it. We quickly went through all five books, both of us looking forward to our reading time together each night (and anytime we could steal a few moments to read together during the day).

The story takes place in an underground land of giant cockroaches, fly-able bats, violet-eyed humans and human-sized rats located beneath New York City.

The story’s hero is eleven-year-old Gregor and its heart is two-year-old Boots. Together they stumble upon a “passageway” to this strange land and that’s when the adventures begin.

As the plot develops so do the characters as they take the reader on a noble quest involving courage, sacrifice, friendships, loyalties and sheer tenacity. I love that this book is smart, funny and adventurous. Above all, I love that it is well written!

But don’t take my word for it, check out some of the reviews for this critically acclaimed novel, winner of the 2003 Kirkus Reviews Editors Choice, and listed on the New York Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing list. Then go to your own library (or bookstore etc.), sign out a copy and enjoy it with your pre-teen.

Then check out the following scholastic website link for trivia, online games, and a Q & A with Suzanne Collins. 🙂 The Underland Chronicles

~ Trina

In Search of Entertainment

One of my daughter’s closest friends came from out of town to stay with us this week and we had BIG plans – big ENTERTAINING plans! And then… my husband got sick, my son got sick and even the weather played it’s cards against us… sigh…

I felt bad for the girls because being stuck at home during the summer isn’t always fun… And although they have had each other I knew they were probably a little disappointed. So yesterday we left our sickies behind (poor fellas 😦 ) while the girls and I went in search of some summer fun.

In case you don’t know, my family and I live in Creston, BC. It is a small rural farming community but, in my biased opinion, it is one of prettiest places on earth!  And, as we also discovered yesterday, it is full of entertaining treasures!

First stop: The Blueberry Patch!This sweet little cafe/bakery/candy shop/u-pick farm is amazing! I love stopping here at least once each year and it was fun to share it with Hannah’s friend, Tanner!While I drooled over the scenery and fruit outside – the girls drooled over the candy inside! Ha ha!However, I managed to get them outside for a few minutes. 🙂Second Stop: A little downtown Creston shopping. 😉 There are a few really cute shops in town and although I didn’t get pictures of them all it was super fun for the girls to wander through them. Third Stop – ICE CREAM! Buffalo Trails Coffee Shop has opened a retro little Creamery right next door to their cafe. This was our first visit but I think we’ll be back!Mmmmmm… good!The day ended with dropping the girls off at the Tivoli Theatre to watch, Ice Age – Continental Drift. I stayed home to take care of my sick boys so I won’t be able to write a review on this movie for ya – but maybe – just maybe… Hannah will write it for me?! (Hint hint) 😉

~ Micheline

BRAVE

It seems that Disney/Pixar has finally perfected the image of the strong independent Princess in their new animated film, Brave.  Why do I say that?  Well… this time she doesn’t actually have a PRINCE!

Don’t misunderstand – there are princes in this story but none of them are equal to this enigmatic Princess.  Part way into the film Princess Merida is fed up with watching her very “unsuitable” suitors compete for her hand, so, she sneaks into the archery competition herself and proclaims, “I am Merida, and I’ll be shooting for my own hand!”.  And much to the chagrin of her parents – she wins!

I am embarrassed to admit that this was the first movie my kids and I have ever seen in 3D whew – pretty exciting stuff for our little rural town!  (Which also explains why I’m quite behind the times in writing about this movie too… hah!  Things take a bit longer to get to our wee theatre.) 😉  Seriously though… delightful movie!  Plenty of scenes to make you and your children giggle and the story-line especially pleased me.  It was entirely unexpected – I’m applauding Disney/Pixar for taking a little of the predictability out of their newest fairy tale.

~ Micheline 🙂

SnowWhite & The Huntsman

Hey, it’s Hannah again, I thought I’d just share a bit about a song and a movie, both of which I really like . . .

I was with a friend a while ago and we were just sort of sitting around, and she decided to show me a song on YouTube by one of her favourite singers. I said okay, and she brought it up for me. I couldn’t believe it! The song was amazing, the singer was amazing! 😀

In the background, behind the singer there was an entire choir, and a whole group of musicians as well. They had violins, cellos, trumpets, the whole sha-bang. But as the music started so did scenes from a new movie that was out in theatres, “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

The song fit so well with the scenes, the song was called, “Breath of Life” by: Florence + the Machine. She had been asked to make a song for the movie. I loved it so much I watched the video, then re-watched it, and re-watched it, (I swear I broke the repeat button) and eventually bought the song on iTunes! 🙂

My Mom wondered why I liked the song so much, and I showed her the video, after it was over she said, “We should watch that movie!” So we looked up on the internet if it was out, and the very next evening we were sitting in the theatre waiting for “Snow White and the Huntsman” to begin. I was so excited! After watching that music video fifty times I was finally going to find out what the movie was about!

It was a really really good movie. I loved the action, the fight scenes, the creatures, and the dwarves!! The storyline was great, and the evil queen was actually pretty cool. The huntsman was really good with an axe, and Snow White learned a bit about fighting from him.

At the end credits they played, “Breath of Life”. . . I actually started to sing a long! 🙂 If it weren’t for that song I would never have gotten to see the movie, it was actually the song that inspired Mom and I to go. And I’m so glad we did!!

You can watch the music video and movie trailer at the link I attached above. Who knows? Maybe after watching it you may want to see the movie too, I say go for it!! I would re-watch it again if I “had” to.  😉

~ Hannah

P.S. Please check out my other previous posts here in this category > By Kids for Kids

Got Milk?

I’ve just returned from camping with the Halls and not surprisingly, learned a new trick to share with you.

In my last camping  post, Going Clean, I mentioned how we came up to the campsite on the heels of a pretty intense storm. Although our own home had been rendered powerless when we left Friday evening my husband, Chris, found it fully restored the next day when he came home to shower. (One of the awesome things about camping with the Halls –aside from hanging with them—is that we’re only about ten minutes from the house, even though it feels like we’re in the middle of nowhere.)

Not everyone in town was as fortunate as we were when it came to getting their power restored. At least that’s what I heard when I went to get ice, and again when I went to get ice, and again when I went to get ice… Every place I went had the same story; they were cleaned out by people without electricity who needed to keep their fridges and freezers cold.

When I went back to the campsite without ice for any of the coolers I thought we’d be drinking warm water and juice (which is especially gross if it’s apple juice…). I needn’t have worried; my resourceful camping guru Sheila, sent her husband, Dan, home to get ice from their freezer.

What he came back with was brilliant. It was a two-litre plastic milk jug full of frozen water –in essence, a block of ice.  Apparently they always have a couple of these in their freezer for emergencies. Not only are they great for the cooler but in the case of a power outage you just place one in yer fridge, keep the other in yer freezer and you won’t have to worry about your food spoiling. Best of all, you won’t waste time running around town looking for sold out ice!

With the images attached here there are some really cool websites on milk carton crafts –from beautiful butterfly window ornaments and a full-size children’s igloo to an honest-to-goodness Star Wars Stormtrooper Halloween mask. Incredible!

~ Trina