Funstuf

By Richard L. Madsen


Hairy Pumpkin

You will need: pumpkin, sharp knife, spoon, cotton, and mustard and watercress seeds.

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    Ask an adult to help you cut top off pumpkin. Scoop out small amount of pulp and seeds.

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    Place layer of cotton inside pumpkin, then moisten cotton.

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    Sprinkle seeds on moist cotton. Keep moist until pumpkin has sprouted green “hair.” Now cut out pumpkin face, and it’s ready for Halloween!

Paper Bag Disguise

You will need: large paper bag, pencil, scissors, and crayons.

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    Place paper bag over head and mark eye positions, then remove bag.

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    After cutting out eyeholes, color in hair and facial features.

Doodles

Doodles is a game in which you have to figure out what simple, small pictures represent. For example, this picture is of a man playing a trombone in a telephone booth.

Try to figure out what you think these doodles mean, then make up some of your own.

Doodles
Doodles

Answers:

(1) diaper for a porcupine, (2) bear climbing a pole, (3) octopus signaling a left-hand turn, (4) gift-wrapped piece of spaghetti, (5) guard and his dog just disappearing around the corner, (6) bug on a waffle, (7) bucktooth clam, (8) two Chihuahuas carrying a bone, (9) spider doing a handstand, (10) Man wearing a sombrero walking a tightrope.

Bird Picture Puzzle

To complete a picture of a bird, copy each part of the picture onto the blank pie-wedge shape with the same number.

Answer:

owl.

Design Bewitchery

To make haunting Halloween scene, out will need: plain white paper, newspaper, crayons, and coin.

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    Lay paper on top of opened newspaper. Then, pressing hard, color all but edges of paper with a variety of colors—except black (see illustration).

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    Color over all the other colors with black crayon.

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    Using edge of coin, draw picture by scratching off black crayon. Wipe up crayon shavings frequently to avoid a mess. If you make a mistake, simply color over it with black crayon.

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    Trim off uncolored edges.

Noah’s Ark

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Weaver’s Art

Across:

  1. 1.

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    Make a picture

  3. 6.

    Form cloth on a loom

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    Weaver’s frame

  5. 8.

    Male sheep

  6. 9.

    Dye

  7. 10.

    Implement used to untangle wool

Down:

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    Exact copy

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    One thing on a list

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    Indian tribe known for fine rug making

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    Female sheep

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    Fleece of a sheep

  6. 8.

    Part of plant below ground (plural)

  7. 9.

    Heavy string

Answers:

Across—(1) design, (5) draw, (6) weave, (7) loom, (8) rams, (9) color, (10) card. Down—(1) duplicate, (2) item, (3) Navaho, (4) ewes, (6) wool, (8) roots, (9) cord.

Animal Associates

Match each animal with the factual or fictional character it is associated with.

1. Spider

a. Walt Disney

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b. William F. Cody

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c. Jonah

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d. Paul Revere

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e. Pied Piper of Hamelin

6. Buffalo

f. Paul Bunyon

7. Whale

g. Little Miss Muffet

8. Parrot

h. Dick Whittington

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i. Androcles

10. Lion

j. Balaam

11. Ox

k. Long John Silver

12. Ass

l. Mrs. O’Leary

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(1) g, (2) l, (3) h, (4) a, (5) d, (6) b, (7) c, (8) k, (9) e, (10) i, (11) f, (12) j.