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What do you with your Jack-O-Lantern, once Halloween is over? Turn it into a science experiment!
Rotten Pumpkin: a Rotten Tale in 15 Voices by David M. Schwartz shows readers what happens when a pumpkin is left to rot and explains each step of the decomposition process. Not for the squeamish, this book shows close up photos of molds, slime molds, yeast, parasites and other organisms that are attracted to a pumpkin’s rotting flesh. Gross! But watching a pumpkin rotting on your own porch is also a great way to encourage children to ask questions, make predictions, observe and draw conclusions. A teacher’s guide is included.
So, let that pumpkin rot! And if you need help answering your child’s questions about what’s happening, check these resources for answers and more ideas on what you can do with a rotting pumpkin science experiment. -Teresa
Yuck! A Big Book of Little Horrors by Robert Snedden
Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies
The Magic School Bus Meets the Rot Squad by Linda Beech
What is a Fungus? By D.M. Souza
It’s the week of Halloween, and the beginning of a busy holiday season- especially if you have active kids at home. So what’s a parent to do on these cool, rainy days as you anticipate a fun night of trick or treating? Why not try some “Monster Math“, create a “Masking Tape Mummy” or play “Ghost Bottle Bowling“? Or enjoy some scrumptious no-bake Spider cookies with your kids? One of my favorite early education blogs No Time for Flashcards recently posted 50 Halloween Craft Ideas for Preschool (there are also some great ideas for toddler age kids).
I’m not naturally crafty, but all the suggestions here have such easy step by step instructions and photos, even I’m not intimidated. For example, this Frankenstein craft requires a toilet paper roll, some markers, a set of googly eyes, 2 golf tees, glue and scissors. Simple and cute! You can keep your little ones busy learning and playing for hours. (Thanks to Allison McDonald of No Time for Flashcards for allowing us to share these fun ideas).
Have a Happy Halloween from all of us at Cedar Mill Library! -Rebecca
Here are some great “not so scary” picture book suggestions from one of our youth librarians, Marianne!
Originally posted on Quick Picks from CMCL:
Pumpkins and Witches and Ghosts, Oh My!
One of our favorite times of the year at the library is Halloween when we get to see all those adorable costumes and share not so scary stories during our special Halloween storytimes. Here’s a list of some of our favorite Halloween books to read aloud with your little goblin/superhero/witch/cat/princess/pirate! Enjoy! – Marianne
Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro
2014-08 – Roaring Brook Press
Check Our CatalogReady for a treat? How about a trick or two? Dog and Bear are back in three new Halloween stories that are sure to delight their many fans and win them new ones. Join them as they search for the perfect costume, hand out candy to trick-or-treaters (or not ), and then go trick-or-treating themselves in this latest installment by award-winning author Laura Vaccaro Seeger. A Neal Porter Book …More
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