Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween/ Welcome Sophie!


Today is Halloween! The holiday started off with the arrival of a special guest, Sophie Desmarais! She's visiting me for a few weeks on her trip around the United States. She and Violet already knew each other; they met when Sophie visited Utah. That's Violet on the left, and Sophie on the right. Can you tell them apart? It's tough.


I thought it would be fun if we did another holiday tutorial. This time, Sophie, Violet, and I are going to teach you how to carve a pumpkin into a jack o' lantern! You start with a pumpkin, of course.


Start with a nice big pumpkin. The one Sophie has in this picture isn't quite right- when you try to carve it, it is so hard that it can't be made into a jack o' lantern.


Carefully use a knife to cut a lid into the top of the pumpkin. Make sure you cut at an angle so that the lid doesn't fall right inside the pumpkin!


Then, scoop the guts and seeds out of your pumpkin. You can use a spoon, but it's more fun to use your hands! The guts feel nice and gooey. Blehh!


Separate the seeds from the pumpkin guts. Save them in a small bowl so that you can roast them later on. Pumpkin seeds are a delicious snack!


Once your pumpkin is all cleaned out, draw a scary face on it! Try not to be too detailed if this is your first time carving a pumpkin- it's harder than it looks. If you don't like scary jack o' lanterns, try something like a kitty. That's what Iris and I did on our pumpkin a few years ago.

Using a sharp knife, very carefully cut face out of your pumpkin. Violet is a pro, but if you are a kid, you should probably ask a grown-up to do it with you.


Once your pumpkin is carved, choose a small candle to put inside your pumpkin. The candle is what turns it into a jack o' lantern! A tea light is an excellent choice. Then, ask a parent to come and light your candle.


Voila! Close the curtains or turn off the lights so that you can see the jack o' lantern glow. Awesome! You're done!


When your jack o' lantern is lit, invite your friends and family to come hang out. Happy Halloween! I'm so glad Violet and Sophie are here to celebrate with me.



Saturday, October 23, 2010

Making Halloween Cards


Hi Everyone! It's me, Inky. Today I'm going to teach you how to make Halloween cards with my friends, Violet and Sonali. First of all, you need
  • cards
  • newspaper and tape
  • glitter
  • crayons or colored pencils
  • a pencil
  • glue
  • a paintbrush for glue
  • Halloween stickers
Got it all? Okay! Let's get started. First of all, get a page from the newspaper and tape it to your table with painter's tape- you want to be able to clean up your glitter easily.  I used a page from the New York Times Book Review.


To start, take one of your cards and decide what you want to be on it.  We decided on a pumpkin. Draw your design on the front of your card.  You're going to fill in the drawing with glitter, so try not to get too detailed.


Next, pour a little glue into a dish.  Use your paintbrush to cover the part of your drawing where you want the first color of glitter to go.  You don't have to use a paintbrush if you are super awesome at gluing.


Here's the part where you need your newspaper! Carefully shake your glitter over your picture.  Now you have to wait a few minutes for your glue to dry.  Try telling some Halloween jokes while you wait. Here's a good one:

Q: Why don't skeletons go to see scary movies?
A: Because they don't have the guts!


When your glue is dry, carefully shake off the excess glitter. See how the newspaper came in handy?


Repeat the steps with your next color of glitter. We only used two colors, but if you want to do more, go ahead!

Ta-Da! Now you have decorated the front of your card. The next step is to do the inside.


Open up your card and use a crayon or pencil to write a cheerful Halloween greeting. If you are really creative, you could even put a little poem.


Spice up the inside of your card with a sticker! We chose a scary little werewolf.  Then, sign your name in your very best cursive.


And that's the end! Try experimenting with different drawings and glitter colors- we also made skeleton and bat cards.  Put your cards in envelopes and send them to all your friends. 

Thanks for making Halloween cards with us!

Inky, Violet, and Sonali

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bronx Zoo & Lincoln Center

Forty Six

Yikes! It's been ages since I last remembered to blog. Violet is still here visiting me. We've been having a lot of fun together; last week, though, we had a special visitor! Susie, from the blog As Told By Susie, came down to New York City to visit us. Click on the photo above to check out our photo album.

We explored the Bronx Zoo and went to see the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center.  Violet and I really enjoyed getting to show Susie around New York City- though I think Susie was surprised at how much Violet and I like going to Starbucks!
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