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Target Dog Halloween Costume

It was the happiest Halloween! I spent A LOT of time thinking about what my girl would be for her first Halloween. I wanted to make life hard on myself and come up with something that I could make and that would be original, which is harder than you would think these days. Then it finally came to me! BULLSEYE! For weeks I wouldn't tell anyone what she was going to be because I didn't want anyone else to take my idea, LOL. There were NO Bullseye Target Dog Costumes on Pinterest, so you are seeing it here first! Now that I did it, I'll share with you how to do it too:



Just grab a white hat to fit your child. This hat was great for a tiny head.  Then use  felt in red, black and white to make the nose and eyes. You could use white felt for the ears, but I actually used this so they would stick up better. For the body, this outfit was perfect, but you could also just use white pants and a white shirt! 


Making the stroller into a Target cart was the hardest part. I used a cardboard box as the base and red poster board to make the sides and front. I cut the Target circles out of white paper and used this to punch out cart holes. We attached it to the stroller (BTW I LOVE our stroller!) with these!  


My husband and I wore red shirts and I made little Target name tags to wear! For a trick or treat sack...a Target bag! We got TONS of compliments and it was super easy, inexpensive and fun! Happy Halloween! 

Baby Sensory Play with Fruit


Oranges, Lemons and Limes…OH MY! 

Fruit slices make a great and easy sensory activity for babies! EK still likes to put everything in her mouth, so most of our sensory activities are edible! We are introducing different foods and flavors, so this activity was perfect! I just cut up lemons, limes and oranges into slice and wedge shapes. Then I just tossed them in a shallow bin of water. She enjoyed pulling each one out and tasting it! 
Easy peasy lemon squeezy! 

Here are a few fruity board books to go with the activity too: 




Spider Math Craft

This is the only time of year that you will ever see me posting about spiders! YUCK! : ) Decomposing numbers is a fundamental math skill! Even Kindergartners (and preschoolers) can practice breaking numbers down into their parts. This little spider craft makes a great visual for decomposing the number 8 and it’s FREE!


Buy a spider web at Dollar Tree and BOOM! A easy math hallway display!



You can grab this freebie HERE! I chose to use red and yellow as the leg colors because of this math tool! Spiders aren't your thing? I gotcha! Check out these bat or pumpkins ideas too!

Pumpkin Books for Baby

All of our pumpkin board books officially hit the bookshelves of our home this weekend. EK has two little floating white shelves in her bedroom for seasonal books and I look forward to switching out the books every few weeks! It must be a teacher thing. Here are the books we will be reading this month while we wait for cooler temperatures! 

All of these books are baby and teacher approved and we really do have each of them on our home bookshelf. This post may contain affiliate links.


 
Five Little Pumpkins: This one is so catchy and reads like a little rhyme! I have the whole thing memorized and "sing" it to EK constantly. 

Five Little Pumpkins Came Back: I didn't even know that there was a sequel book until this year! Of course I had to order it!


The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin: This is a precious little book that can be read to the tune of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." If you love this book, you'll also like this one for Christmas or this one for Thanksgiving! 


Where is Baby's Pumpkin?: I absolutely love all of the Karen Katz books! Your baby will love lifting the flaps and looking for the pumpkin! 


You are my Pumpkin: I can't even tell you how many times I have read this little book! It's super short and a perfect read before a nap! Joyce Wan books are a staple in our home library! 



You're My Little Pumpkin Pie: This book is a tear jerker to me! It's just an absolutely precious book to let your little pumpkin know how loved they are. I already purchased the Christmas one too! 




Where's the Pumpkin?: really like this book because it has a small story line and introduces some great vocabulary! Spooky is looking for a pumpkin and his friends describe pumpkins to him as he looks for a pumpkin! It can still can be read in under 3 minutes too which is key for a baby's attention span! 



I Love You, Little Pumpkin: Another super sweet book to read to your little pumpkin! 



Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin: This is another great book with a story line that little ones can follow! Duck and Goose are on the hunt for a pumpkin!

Here are a few other fun Halloween books that are baby approved and not scary! : )

 

Who Goes Boo?: I actually came across this book at Home Goods a few days ago and had to have it! It has super thick foam pages that EK loves to chew on and It's fun to read with all of the different sounds! It ends with a giant BOOOOO that makes EK giggle every time! 
 
BOO: Leslie Patricelli has quickly become one of my favorite authors.  All of her books are incredible and really depict and give language to the different events that babies experience. I NEED THEM ALL. This is a cute book about baby's Halloween. 


 
Peek-A-Booo: This book has a little mirror and fun felt cover that your baby will love to play with! It will get baby thinking about their Halloween costume! 

Christmas will be here before we know it too! Plan a special book countdown for your little one! Read all about it HERE. 



Christmas Book Countdown




I know, I know. It's only September, but the holidays will be here before we know it! I think everyone has great intentions of doing all the fun holiday ideas from Pinterest, but then life happens. This year one of my goals is to post holiday ideas super early so that you have plenty of time to prepare! This year is my first Christmas as a mom and I can't wait to DO ALL THE THINGS. I am so excited to start some new traditions with my sweet girl! The first one on the list is a Christmas Book Countdown. This post contains affiliate links! 


This tradition actually started a few years ago in my classroom. I had so many holiday books that I decided to wrap them up and each day a different student would open one for us to read. The class loved it so much that I have continued to do it since! There is just something fun about opening a surprise book!


This year I will be doing this with EK's holiday books at home! I wrapped 25 Christmas books and we will be opening one a day beginning on December 1. I chose to only wrap board books since she won't be a year old yet and board books are the only ones that can survive in our house right now. I wanted to make this as easy as possible, so I used stickers on each book. First, I used the Book Planner to plan out what books I wanted to read each day. Then, I printed these labels and put them on each wrapped book! The book planner, labels and more can be downloaded HERE. 

Here are some of the books we will be unwrapping at our house this season: 
Click on any book to order! 

             

     


 Oh and if you only buy one new book, let it be this one! We can't get enough of these books! They are SO sturdy and perfect for tiny hands.


Also, please don't feel like you have to spend a lot of money or order 25 brand new books! That's why I am sharing this idea early, so you have plenty of time to keep your eyes peeled. Here are a few ideas for finding Christmas books without spending a lot of $$$:

  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Scholastic 
  • Friends of the Library Book Sales
  • Garage Sales
  • Friends with older kids
  • Half Price Books