Pumpkin Pie Fruit Dip

Easy, different and addictive.
Great for Thanksgiving or Fall parties.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • apple slices and/or gingersnaps

Or, to cut sweetness, increase cinnamon, decrease sugar and substitute pumpkin pie puree for pumpkin pie filling.

Directions:

  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Add pie filling, cinnamon, and ginger, beating well.
  3. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Makes 3 cups.  Awesome with apple slices.  Delicious with gingersnaps, too, but a little too sweet (even for me, a certified sugar-aholic).  I found several versions of this recipe at food.com.

Purple People Eater Art & Dance

This painting by a 7-year-old is just one reason I love being an Art Parent this week!  Scroll down to see many more.

I based this art project for 21 second-graders on the novelty song “Purple People Eater,” released in 1958 by Sheb Wooley.  After they listened to the song, I asked them to raise their hands if they could describe the monster.  After a lively discussion, they started drawing.

Drawing around the eyeI passed out a 40mm wiggle eye to each child, and told them to draw their monster around it with a black Sharpie.  The eye helped ensure nice, big monsters and the Sharpie prevented wasted time erasing (which tends to happen if they start in pencil).

Beforehand, I’d made cheat sheets for various monster body parts and hung them around the room.  There were a few specific requests – how can I draw a wing? – but, really, these monsters are completely these children’s own.Monster Hands & FeetMonster HornsMonster  MouthsMonster Wings

 

 

 

The children had the option of adding color with crayons, but the real color stars were liquid watercolors.  A lot of effort to carry these in and out of the classroom, but with an hour-and-a-half for this lesson, it was so worth it!  (One child complained about an accidental drip, but after it was pointed out that she’d made a cool-looking planet, she happily added more.)

Dance to Purple People EaterWhile the paintings dried, I borrowed a lesson from one of my other favorite pasttimes, Zumba® Fitness.  My daughter and I taught the class simple dance steps to Purple People Eater, which I found here on You Tube.  Thank you, Zumba Gold instructor Brenda Holcomb!  (This routine has also been a hit at a 7-year-old’s birthday party and a family Zumba® fundraiser – perfect for pre-Halloween.)  The kids – boys, too – were proud to to do it for their teacher when she returned to class.

But, those paintings – WOW!
Monster 2 MonsterNick's Monster Blue Teeth Monster Space Monster Kara's Monster Grace's Monster Spiky Monster Pink Monster    Rosemary's monsterSaraJacobMonsterMonster 2

13 Things to Love about Halloween and Preschoolers

#1
The Witch Hat Ring Toss game at Party City.

#2
Pumpkin Bowling, where decorating the water bottles is half the fun.
Use them empty for the smallest kids, then fill with sand or water the next year.

#3
Garland made from those big tubs of foam shapes at Michaels.

#4
Painting pumpkins

#5
Or just putting stickers on them.
The face kits at Oriental Trading- $5 for 12 kits -

Halloween Art Lesson: The Scream by Edvard Munch

Art Parent Sample

5-Year-Old Scream

As Art Parent for my son’s class yesterday, I had the pleasure of introducing 21 kindergarteners to “The Scream” by artist Edvard Munch.