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Happy Saturday! I hope you had a great week. There were so many great ideas shared last week! Here are just a few:

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A Little Pinch of Perfect shared Create a Sensory Pumpkin.

 

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This Halloween Sensory Noodles Play from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail looks like fun!

 

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Halloween Slime from My Big Fat Happy Life.

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Silly Putty Melting Jack-O-Lantern

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We made homemade silly putty this week and created our own melting pumpkins!  This was also a great time to discuss the 3 different states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas) and point out that silly putty is neither one!  I am planning to have this at one of the center activities for Big Brother’s fall party, along with some examples of the states of matter in gloves.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  Elmer’s Glue, Borax, water, food coloring for the homemade silly putty.  Please note:  There is some controversy surrounding Borax.  Based on my research, it is safe as long as it isn’t ingested.  Just be sure your child washes his/her hands after playing with it.  If you still aren’t comfortable, use one of the other recipes for making silly putty.

 


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To make the jack-o-lanterns, you’ll also need wiggly eyes, wood beads, mini pony beads, and green pipe cleaners.  We received all of the necessary supplies compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com.  

 

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We followed the directions on WikiHow to create homemade silly putty.

 

 

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1.  Mix 1/4 cup of glue and 1/4 cup of water until it is completely combined.

 

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2.  Add food coloring.  We used red and yellow to make orange.  :)

 

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3.  In a separate bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of borax with 2 tablespoons of water until the borax is dissolved (if it isn’t dissolved fully, your silly putty will be grainy).  Combine both of the mixtures and it will start to congeal.  Remove the solid mass from the liquid and knead until smooth.

 

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4.  Make your jack-o-lantern using the silly putty and the bead, pipe cleaner, googly eyes, and mini pony beads.

 

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All ready….

 

 

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…several seconds later!

 

 

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I stored the jack-o-lantern sets in baby food containers.  They were perfect!

 

 

The Science Behind It:  Silly Putty is not a liquid or a solid:  It is considered to be a non-Newtonian fluid, which acts as a liquid over a long time period but as a solid over a short time period of time.

 

 

Check out more fun fall-themed activities here.

 

What Does a Degree Mean to You and Your Family?

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What does a college degree mean to you and your family? Is it uncharted territory in your family? An opportunity for a better future? A lifelong achievement? An example for your children?

 

For me and my husband, it was all of the above.

 

My husband was the first male to graduate from college in his family and eventually the first in his family to receive his Master’s degree. He paid his way through both his undergraduate and graduate degrees by working full time as a student and never once took out a student loan.

 

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Our Family at my husband’s MBA graduation in 2010

 

I was the first female in my family to graduate with both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. My mom never finished her degree–once she and my dad got married, she worked so that he could go to graduate school and eventually to medical school. After my older brothers were born, she stayed home and they lived on about $400-$500 a month until he was in residency. Five kids and 37 years later, my mom says she always wished she would have finished her degree (I keep telling her it isn’t too late). :) Thankfully, my parents made my undergraduate degree a priority and paid my way for me. My husband and I paid for both of our Master’s degrees while working full time.

 

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My Mom and me after my college graduation in 2005

 

Our degrees also meant that we were well-equipped for our dream jobs. From the time that I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a teacher. The idea of not finishing my degree never really crossed my mind because I knew that I had to have it to teach. I graduated with my Master’s degree 3 months after my first child was born and, ironically, the same month that I resigned from my position as a first grade teacher to be a stay at home mom. I have yet to officially use my Master’s degree, although I feel like I reap the benefits daily from the knowledge that I received. And one day, I will use it in the classroom setting again!

 

We are proud of the example that we have set for our children. My husband, especially, has demonstrated that it is possible to work your way through school with absolutely no debt. He is one of the hardest workers I know and I am so thankful for his example. Although we are already saving to make it a little easier on all three of our children, they will also have to make some sacrifices to make their college degrees possible.

I love the emotion portrayed in this video and I especially love the final woman portrayed as I missed my Master’s degree graduation since it was shortly after my son was born.  :)

 

With an online degree program, it is now easier and more affordable than ever to achieve your goal. Western Governors University is waiving your application fee using the code “TEACH”.

As a nonprofit and accredited university, WGU is reinventing higher education.  Western Governors University was founded by the governors of 19 states who came together to create a institution for higher learning that would be able to meet the needs of individuals–addressing the issues of budgets and time-constraints.  By implementing a competency-based model, WGU students utilize their precious time towards actual learning not just seat time while still receiving a diploma from an institution with the same accreditation as state universities and private colleges.

 

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Western Governors University. The opinions and text are all mine.

Do you have a degree? If not, what is holding you back?

Show-and-Share Saturday Link Up

Happy Saturday! There were a lot of great ideas shared last week! Here are just a few:

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Adventure in a Box shared these Enchanting Halloween Lanterns!

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Creative Home Keeper shared a great list of Favorite Fall Children’s Books.

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Pre-K Pages shared this hands-on Spider Web Rubbing activity.

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Next week I’ll be sharing my favorites from the ones you submit!

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Ordering the Books of the Bible with Ping Pong Balls

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Last year I made a Books of the Bible Puzzle as a hands-on way for kids at our church to remember the order of the books of the Bible.  I thought it was time for a new activity and found inspiration from our Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  ping pong balls, a sharpie, 1″ white circle labels, and several white foam egg cartons.  

 

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I taped two 12-count egg cartons and one 18-count egg carton together on the underside using packing tape.

 

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Write the books of the Bible on the circle labels AND the ping pong balls.

 

 

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Match the ping pong with the labels on the egg cartons!

 

 

 

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