Craft Round-up and freebies!

I have been enjoying a full week off school - mid-term break - nose to the grindstone tomorrow!  
It's been a lovely, lazy week and it's given me much-needed time to catch up with 'stuff' and visit friends.
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) have been active in our area through October.  Local photographers have been lucky to catch some amazing photos.  The pics are of local landmarks: Mussenden Temple and Dunluce Castle- both overlooking the sea.  Unfortunately I have yet to be in the right place at the right time!

I have begun a slimming class - go me!  I have been putting off the inevitable for waaaaay to long and the hours spent on-line have caused a bit of a spread on the behind - lol!  Exercise regime starts tomorrow.  First week: 5lbs off - yay!  I would love 14lbs off by Christmas for a special weekend away - I need to fit into that LBD!  I would do 'before' and 'after' pictures, but I don't want to spoil Sunday dinner - haha!

Anyhoo - I wanted to do a round-up of all the little crafty things we have been doing and offer you some freebies while I'm here.

Clothespin bats:  
I believe the idea originates from Enchanted Learning.  I do these at this time of year to tie in with 'Night Animals', as we have just begun our first novel study:  'The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark.' Obviously good for Halloween if you add fangs.  The wings are also super useful for bat vocabulary. Students love writing with messy chalk!

We will making these over the next couple of weeks.
The paper plate owl has split pins for the wings, so they are movable.

Pinwheel Hedgehog:
This little cutie pie moves too!  Unfortunately we had to paint white card brown!  Note to self, brown card IS usable!  This one has wool for spines, but you can also use spaghetti, although it's slightly harder to glue!

Both of these are super simple to make and look very cute!  I have made up the templates in PDF form, so just click on the pic below to download.

Hand/Foot Turkey:
I love these turkeys for Thanksgiving (we made these for a bird project, as we don't have Thanksgiving):
This idea is from Enchanted Learning and you can find the template {Here}

Leaf People:
We also had great fun making these too!  If time permits, you can paint the cardboard tubes autumnal colors - they turned out really cute! Leaves, twigs, bark and googly eyes, plus tubes and glue - easy!

Thanksgiving-themed Symmetrical Pictures:
I posted a 'facebook fan' thanksgiving freebie today.  However, if you're not a fan, you can grab it right here.  Just click on the pic below for a copy.

Christmas Vocabulary Read Write the Room:
Grab your free copy below!

Christmas Ornaments Clip Art: 
Also posted today (and starting early for Christmas!) - patterned ornaments.  This is available in my store right now, just click on the pic below.  However, if you are around on facebook this evening, I have planned a flash freebie!

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