Kids Newsletter October 2016

Trick or Treaters
  • Halloween was brought to the US from Irish and Scottish immigrants during the late 18th century to the early 19th century.
  • Original  trick-or-treaters received mostly fruits and nuts not candy.
  • Trick-or treating became popular in the US in the 1930's.
  • 52% of trick-or-treaters prefer chocolate candy such as candy bars over hard candy such as lollipops.
  • The first Jack O' Lanterns were made out of turnips.
  • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed in at 2,032 pounds on October 11, 2013.

Let's Read

"Pumpkin Soup" by Helen Cooper

Deep in the woods in an old white cabin, three friends make their pumpkin soup the same way every day. The Cat slices up the pumpkin, the Squirrel stirs in the water, and the Duck tips in just enough salt. But one day the Duck wants to stir instead, and then there is a horrible squabble, and he leaves the cabin in a huff. It isn't long before the Cat and the Squirrel start to worry about him and begin a search for their friend. Rendered in pictures richly evoking autumn, Helen Cooper's delightful story will resonate for an child who has known the difficulties that come with friendship. Included at the end is a recipe for delicious pumpkin soup.

"Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan" by Catherine Hapka

Splat goes to a pumpkin patch with Seymour, and he is determined to find the biggest pumpkin ever. But when he finally does, Splat finds out the real challenge isn't the pumpkin picking—it's how to get the pumpkin home!

Did You Know?

Pumpkin Facts

  • Pumpkins are usually orange but can sometimes be yellow, white, green or red.
  • The name pumpkin comes from the Greek word ‘pepon', meaning ‘large melon'.
  • Pumpkins have thick shells which contain pulp and seeds.
  • Scientifically speaking, pumpkins are a fruit (they contain seeds) but when it comes to cooking, they are often referred to as vegetables.
  • Giant pumpkins can be grown for competitions, with some weighing over 1000 pounds!  In 2010, the world record was 1810 pounds! That's huge!
  • As a food, pumpkin can be baked, roasted, steamed or boiled.
  • Pumpkin soup is popular, as are roasted pumpkin seeds.
  • Pumpkin pie is a sweet dessert that originates in North America and is traditionally eaten during harvest time and holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • 100 grams of pumpkin produces around 26 calories of energy.

October Quote

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came;
The ashes, oaks, and maples,
And those of every name.

Let's Be Healthy

Five Ways That Play Can Change Your Day

  • Sleep tight - Being physically active will help you improve your sleep.
  • Improve your mood - Physical activity can give you a better attitude and give you an extra energy boost during the day.
  • Fuel your brain - Twenty minutes of physical activity before starting your homework can help you unwind from the day and improve your concentration.
  • Bond with buddies - Engaging in physical activity with your friends is a great way to bond with your friends and to even make new ones.
  • Stretch your talent - Make stretching part of your pre- and post- workout sessions. It can help improve your balance which in turn enhances your coordination and athletic performance.

Let's Get Creative

Little girl dressed for Halloween

Pom-Pom Pumpkins

Kids of all ages can glue colored pom-poms to a plain or painted pumpkin. Attach ¼- to ½-inch pom-poms to pumpkins using tacky glue.

For a surprise, slice off the top fifth of a pumpkin, scoop out the insides, and prop it open with toothpicks in the back. Glue small black pom-poms to large white ones for eyes.

For a moon or a ghost, first paint your design with acrylic paint. Let dry, then glue on the pom-poms in a tight configuration.

Let's Have Fun


Pumpkin and Foot Race

Set up starting and finish lines and have the children race to see who can get their smallish pumpkin over the finish line. Only feet can be used to push pumpkins along. There can be no kicking; if any kicking is observed, that child goes back to their starting line. This would also be a good team relay race.

Pumpkin Rolling

Divide into two or more teams.
Have a start line and turnaround line, 20 ft apart.
The first child in each line rolls a pumpkin from the start line, to the turn-around line and back.
The next person does the same, etc. The first team to have everyone play wins!

Pumpkin and Broom Race (Can be played in outdoors or gym!)

  • This is a simple race but since pumpkins are not smooth balls and refuse to roll in straight lines, you'll need plenty of room! You need medium pumpkins and sturdy sticks (or brooms); Use one pumpkin and stick/broom for each team.
  • The racers line up on the starting line with the pumpkins turned on their sides.
  • On the signal, the racers use the stick to roll the pumpkins to the finish line.
  • Younger players may want to use their hands instead of the stick.
  • If you want to play this as teams, make it a relay race.
  • When playing inside use smaller pumpkins.

Let's Cook

  • Smoothie Operator
    Stir 1 cup pumpkin puree into vanilla yogurt. Layer with granola for a parfait.
  • Sugar-and-Spice Pumpkin Seeds
    Toss pumpkin seeds in melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Bake at 300°F until golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  • Pumped-Up Pancakes
    Add 1/2 cup pumpkin puree and 1/2 tsp pumpkin-pie spice to your favorite pancake batter. Cook, then top with a dollop of pumpkin-flavored whipped topping.
  • Mousse Head
    Fold 1 cup pumpkin puree and 1 Tbsp pumpkin-pie spice into 2 cups whipped topping. Use a dollop on top of hot chocolate.
  • Pumpkin Snowballs
    Combine 1 cup oatmeal, 1/2 tsp pumpkin-pie spice, 3 Tbsp pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup raisins in a mixing bowl. Form into 1-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar.
  • Pudding Pie
    Combine 1 packet instant vanilla pudding, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree and 1 tsp pumpkin-pie spice. Pour into a premade graham cracker crust. Chill two hours.

What's New

"Splash Plus Bubbles" premiers Nov. 23.

In the first "Splash Plus Bubbles" event, the Reeftown kids catch the currents and embark on an epic journey across the sea to help a friendly young turtle. Along the way, they learn that all creatures are interconnected and how even a small gesture can greatly affect the friends and neighbors who share the one big ocean they call home.

Tune in to AETN

  • "Arthur: Buster's Second Chance/Arthur and the Whole Truth" – Oct. 10
    "Arthur: Fern's Flights of Fancy/Cereal" – Oct. 11
    "Arthur: He Said, He Said / Bunny Trouble" – Oct. 12
    "Arthur: Bud's Knotty Problem/That's MY Grandma!" – Oct. 13
  • "Dinosaur Train: Spooky Tree/Spinosaurus Super Model" – Oct. 17
  • "Peg + Cat: Mystery Hour" – Oct. 3
    "Peg + Cat: The Pentagirls Problem/The Tree Problem of National Importance" - Oct. 4
    "Peg + Cat: The Dance Problem/Follow the Bouncing Ball" – Oct. 19
  • "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween" – Oct. 28
  • "Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest" – Oct. 24, 28, 31
  • "Nature Cat: Runaway Pumpkin/Lady Bug Tough" – Oct. 10
  • "Ready Jet Go!: Jet's First Halloween" – Oct. 24
  • "Sesame Street: To the Moon Elmo" – Oct. 5
    "Sesame Street: Don't Get Pushy" – Oct. 10
    "Sesame Street: The Princess Story" – Oct. 17
    "Sesame Street: Dress-Up Club" – Oct. 24
  • "Thomas & Friends: The Great Race" – Oct. 17
    "Thomas & Friends: Slowly Wins the Race" – Oct. 18
    "Thomas & Friends: Competing Engines" – Oct. 19
    "Thomas & Friends: The Race is On" – Oct. 20
    "Thomas & Friends: Be Good to Your Friends" – Oct. 21

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