Secret Message Pumpkins


We read Twelve Haunted Rooms of Halloween, a cute Halloween story told in the style of "The Twelve Days of Christmas".  Believe it or not (which I hardly do), the kids like it because I sing it.  You can also search the illustrations for the 12 trick-or-treaters, 11 spiders spinning, etc., so it's also good counting practice.  Plus there's some bonus things to find throughout the book on the last page.  This is pretty tame for Halloween so it's good for preschoolers who like just a little scare factor.

A very similar (but creepier) book is  The 13 Nights of Halloween, which I would say is more appropriate for older readers.  I also got this one from the library and unfortunately, I didn't preview it before I read it to my kids (shame on me).  Of course they fell in love and ask for it all the time.  They have been spontaneously bursting into the song, at least what they remember of it, so I have a two and four year old singing, "FIVE SING-ING SKUUUULLLLS!" at the top of their lungs, which is probably inappropriate.

After all this singing and counting and spotting, it seemed like a good idea to make some secret message pumpkins.  I cut some egg cartons so the two halves would go together.
The kids painted them orange.
While we waited for them to dry we wrote some messages to put inside.  You could also put some little treats in there, but we didn't have any.
I poked a hole through the top and added a green pipe cleaner for a stem.  We put our messages inside and taped them together with clear tape.  Next we added some faces with black marker.
It was a nice surprise for Dad when he got home.  A nicer surprise than all the singing, probably.

Linking to Link & Learn, Tuesday Tots, Tip Junkie, Today's Creative BlogWhimsy Wednesday, Ginger Snap Crafts, Red Ted Art, It's Playtime!, Halloween Blog Hop, 
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20 comments:

  1. Such a cute idea and great recycle!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open.

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  2. I love this idea. I may even do this today!
    I'd love for you to link it up on my halloween post please
    http://pinkoddy.wordpress.com/2012/09/20/halloween-scary-spider-on-sparkly-web-letter-s/

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  3. This is SO cute! It totally caught my eye from the Get Your Craft On linky party.

    Shannon
    http://fixingforfriday.blogspot.com/

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  4. Over from redtedart I love this idea ! could be a little gift for trick and treaters!

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  5. Adorable. I love them.

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  6. Hi, I shared your post here
    http://milleideeperunafesta.blogspot.it/2012/09/halloween-riciclare-i-cartoni-delle-uova.html
    Thank you for sharing, Taced

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  7. This is such a cute idea. Using jokes in them is genius!

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  8. Aaahhh! I love this idea. Sharing on Playdough to Plato's FB page.

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  9. Another amazing post :) I love these and egg cartons are so cute as pumpkins. Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week and just popping by to let you know that I'm featuring these this week over on Rainy Day Mum.

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  11. This is a great idea, thanks so much for sharing! I'm using these pumpkins to raise awareness about Braille by putting Braille secret messages in them. Check out my blog post about my plans bit.ly/VlTdhP

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  12. Such a great idea for making with kids...we'd love it if you'd stop by and share it at our Linky Party! Show and Tell: Boo! A Ghostly Linky Party…

    Hope you stop by!

    Thank you!

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  13. These are so cute! I'm sharing it on my PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page!

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  14. Love these! I featured this in the Kids Co-Op this week:

    http://b-inspiredmama.com/2012/10/6-kids-halloween-games-kids-co-op/

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  15. these are just so cute. now your newest follower

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  16. Love it - they are too cute! Will try it and let you know how we get on! :D Will be following you from now on too!

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  17. Will be trying this today with my campers this afternoon. Can't wait!

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