Archive for October, 2007

Make A Monster Egghead Hanger

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Here is a fun simple project to do for Halloween. Print out this coloring page of the Monster Eggheads to get started.

Three Finished Monster Egghead Hangers

Three Monster Egghead hanger Brenda and I Made

1. Take a piece of blank paper (color it first if you like) and tape it’s top and bottom together to make a cylinder.

2. Cut slits on one end to make it frayed.

3.Color and then cut out each monster egghead.

4. Glue or tape the heads on the cylinder.

5. Punch two holes at the top (opposite of the frayed end) and opposite each other (you can reinforce the hole with tape).

6. String a cord through the holes and tie a knot.

7. Hang your monster egg head hanger outside for all to see.

It Was The Week Before Halloween

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Brenda and Friends At Library’s Toddler Group Learning Numbers

Brenda And Toddlers at The Library

Toddler Library Day Leads to Crafty Idea 

I took Brenda to another toddler day at the library. They read a book, sang songs, and made crafts. Above the kids each put up a Velcro Halloween symbol. There was a one spider, two black cats, three witches, four owls, and five bats. Brenda had an owl.

I got the idea for Monster Egghead Hangers from our visit to the libraries toddler day. They made a mobile/hanger as that days craft. I honestly don’t know the proper name for this craft, but I will not let that stop me from telling you, Brenda and I had fun making them. We have them hanging out side with our many other decorations.

The Monster Egghead Hangers Brenda And I Made Together

Hanging Halloween Craft We Call Monster Egghead Hangers

Karina And Brenda Both Dressed As Witches

Brenda and cousin Karina in witch costumes

Brenda went to her cousin’s school Halloween party but slept through the whole event. She was tired and I am sure it was a bit overwhelming. The kids all looked so cute. Actually, some of them were more cool and scary than cute. Kids grow up too fast.

Oohh Scary

Brendas Cousins and One Of Thier Friends

Finished With Nine Halloween Coloring Pages

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

We added four more Halloween coloring pages today. We uploaded a batty Bat, a poetic Witch (Brenda dressed up in her latest disguise), a black cat, and a cut and paste project/craft, we call a Monster Eggheads Hanger. Have fun.

Batty Bat

Batty Bat

 I will post some pictures in a Fun Kids Projects’ blog, to let you see better how to make a Monster Eggheads Hanger. Look the results of our making our own in The Real Brenda Lu’s blog.

Brenda Is Getting Ready For Halloween And More

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Brenda Changes Costumes

I had mentioned Brenda picking out a monkey costume a while back. Well here is a picture of her in it.

Brenda In a Monkey Costume

Unfortunately as much as she liked it, it was too hot for her. After a couple of minutes of running around as a monkey, she started pulling at the costume and quickly went into a fit. We got her out as quick as we could. It probably did not help that she ran around the whole time she had it on.

Anyway that suit was a bit small to so we got the next size.  The next size bigger did not have much better results so we decided that Miami is just to hot for any full body furry costumes.

Ala Ka Zam. You Love Me.

Brenda in a Witches Costume

Back at Target we found a really cute witches outfit. We got it and Brenda likes it a lot. She got a little upset when we had to take it off of her. The problem is is it is all black. Not the safest color for a kid to be out in on Halloween. I am thinking I am going to buy some reflective tape. We already got Brenda a necklace that lights up, but it is very dim. Any ideas on increasing her visability would be a great help.

Brenda’s Bloody Fruit Bar

Brenda Looks A Bit Ghoulish After a Fruit Bar

Brenda was eating a Edy’s grape fruit bar the other night and the results were so Haloweenee I just had to share them.

Library Toddler Day

Brenda went to a toddler day at the library and had a real good time. They had a Halloween theme. They read some Halloween books, sung some songs, and made ghosts out of cotton balls, tissue paper and string.

It was really good for her to see so many kids in her own age group. Her nephews are all older, and she is not in school or day care, so her exposure to peers has been limited to the playground and a few friends. I know -Brenda of Brenda’s Friends needs more friends. But that’s part of what Brenda’s Friends will be all about - learning to make and keep friends.

So after the event one mother and her daughter stuck around and played and looked at books. I read some books to Brenda while she played with bead mazes. The little girl wanted to play with them too. They played very nicely together. The little girl took off with one of the bead mazes, but they have three so it really didn’t faze Brenda.

Here they are playing together with the bead mazes.

Brenda With New Friend At Library

I  plan to go to more toddler days at the library.

Take Care

Halloween Coloring Pages

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

We started a new section on our coloring pages for you. The new section, Holidays, already has some Halloween themed coloring pages

Brenda Says Boo to Everyone

Right now we have Brenda dressed as a monkey trick or treating, a skeleton, a jack-o-lantern, a cut and paste skeleton, and Brenda in a ghostly costume. We are working on some more and they should be up soon. One is a cute bat and the other is Brenda dressed as a witch.

There is room for nine links in each row the way the page is formatted now, so you can expect at least nine Halloween themed coloring pages. Have fun coloring them in.

Halloween Safety

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

With Halloween around the corner, I was starting to think about Halloween safety.

I started a list, but then noticed I was far from knowledgeable on the subject. I was of a different era, where safety was not as big of a subject. You just didn’t eat any apples in case they contained a trick. Here is the list I started.

Halloween Safety

  • Go in a group with an adult
  • Don’t where black or dark colored costumes
  • Carry a flash light
  • Make sure you can be seen by cars
  • Let parents check your candy
  • Make sure your vision is not impaired by your mask or disguise 

My list is nothing compared to what I found online. Here are some Halloween safety tips I found online provided by the Los Angeles Fire Department. They cover a whole lot more than I could, so I will just copy and paste in here for you.

Halloween Safety Tips

from the Los Angeles Fire Department

Help your Neighborhood Firefighters and Paramedics by following these safety tips!

BEFORE HALLOWEEN:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.
  • Because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic and hypoallergenic makeup or a decorative hat as a safe alternative.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, purchase only those with a label indicating they are flame resistant.
  • Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • Plan ahead to use only battery powered lanterns or chemical lightsticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes.
  • This is also a great time to buy fresh batteries for your home Smoke Alarms.
  • Teach children their home phone number and to how call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that 9-1-1 can be dialed free from any phone.
  • Review with your children the principle of “Stop-Drop-Roll”, should their clothes catch on fire.
  • Openly discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween time.
  • Consider purchasing individually packaged healthy food alternatives (or safe non-food treats) for those who visit your home.
  • Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway. Check around your property for flower pots, low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house.
  • Learn or review CPR skills to aid someone who is choking or having a heart attack.
  • Consider safe party guidelines when hosting an Adult or Office Party.

Think of unique ways you can safely share the fun in your neighborhood!

FUN ALTERNATIVES:

  • Find a special event or start one in your own neighborhood.
  • Community Centers, Shopping Malls and Houses of Worship may have organized festivities.
  • Share the fun by arranging a visit to a Retirement Home or Senior Center.
  • Create an alliance with College Fraternities, Sororities or Service Clubs for children’s face painting or a carnival.

Make sure your home is safe for trick-or-treaters to visit!

BEFORE NIGHTFALL ON HALLOWEEN:

  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider fire safety when decorating. Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects, and do not block exit doors.
  • While children can help with the fun of designing a Jack O’ Lantern, leave the carving to adults.
  • Always keep Jack O’ Lanterns and hot electric lamps far away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children and pets will be standing or walking.
  • Plan and review with your children the route and behavior which is acceptable to you.
  • Do not permit children to bicycle, roller-blade or skateboard.
  • Agree on a specific time when revelers must return home.
  • Along with flashlights for all, older children and escorts should wear a wristwatch and carry coins for non-emergency phone calls.
  • Confine, segregate or otherwise prepare household pets for an evening of frightful sights and sounds. Be sure that all dogs and cats are wearing collars and proper identification tags. Consult your veterinarian for further advice.
  • Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.
  • Adult partygoers should establish and reward a designated driver.

Make Halloween a fun time for everyone by emphasizing safety!

WHEN TRICK-OR-TREATING:

  • A Parent or responsible Adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • Remind Trick-or-Treaters:
    • By using a flashlight, they can see and be seen by others.
    • Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where you are going.
    • Only trick-or-treat in well known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.
    • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
    • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
    • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
    • Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.
    • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
    • Always walk. Never run across a street.
    • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom).
    • Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
    • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will.
    • Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered.
    • No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an Adult at home.
    • Law Enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Both the young and young-at-heart need to openly discuss safety during Halloween

AFTER TRICK-OR-TREATING:

  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible Adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.
  • Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an appropriate age.

I heard a report on the radio about sex offenders having to avoid any activities where kids are present including Halloween. The report said the offenders were to have their lights out and if I remember right post a sign of some sort.

I would just think it smart that all parents to assume that caution should be taken. An adult should be with your kids at each house monitoring the behavior of the owner for appropriateness. If the are fishy don’t go back again next year. Sex offenders are listed in many city along with there stated address. If that is the case, one could find those houses and avoid them all together. I have heard in reports that many these sex offenders listings are wrong and even more sex offender are simple missing in action. Keep an eye on each and every kid under your watch.

Sorry to be so grim on about such a fun holiday, but nothing destroys a good time worse than a disaster. Have a safe and happy Halloween.

New Category: For Parents

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Brenda's Friends First Banner
Welcome to Brenda’s Friends For Parents Category

We thought every once in awhile when we came across some information that would help parents we could put it up on the blog. In the future we will probably have a section of the website set aside for parent resources. We want to help out Brenda’s friends any way I can. That includes both kids and their parents.

You are all very important to use here at Brenda’s Friends.  If you ever want to share something you think will help us parents out feel free to comment and let us know. We are happy to share resource here. You may even find us talking about how great our so called competition is now and then. If its good its good. You deserve the very best. We hope to get better and better at being a place to share with all our friends. Parents are Brenda’s friends too. They are the protector and  providers for the lovely children that inspire Brenda’s Friends makers.

To start Brenda’s Friends For Parents will give some Safety tips for Halloween in our next entry. Take Care

New Category: Fun Kid Projects

Monday, October 15th, 2007

 Welcome to Fun Kid Projects

After some research, we have decided that a section for projects, that can be done with kid, would be a great addition to our website. Still not entirely sure of the format to use I decided to try and use the blog. It is likely that later we will create a section unto itself for the sole purpose of listing fun, education projects to do with kids.

Please fell free to send any ideas for projects to do with kids. We will be happy to share ideas you send us and give you or the authors credit.

Age is obviously a concern as to the appropriateness of projects. We will try to make the projects aimed for the ages 2 to 10. This is a large enough range that some projects will be to simple for some and to elaborate for others. Do you think ages ranges for projects should be included with each project.

Here is one I found at a great website.

 Dig A Hole

Dig A Hole

This project came from Peep and the Big Wide World’s website. (Brenda loves this site and I hope to create a site at least half as good.)

“In the springtime, find a protected corner in the yard, garden, or park and using a small shovel or spoon help your child dig a hole in the dirt.

What do you find?

Carefully observe everything, living and nonliving. Be especially alert for little creatures that may live under the ground. Record what you find by inviting your child to draw pictures.

For an extension, try digging in a different spot or at a different time of year.”

Enjoy and I will let you know what happens when Brenda and I go digging.

 A moles favorite game is golf. That is because it is easy for them to make a mole in one.

Brenda’s Halloween Costume

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Brenda’s Halloween Costume

Halloween is just around the corner and we are trying on costumes for Brenda. The one she seemed to like the most,  a yellow  duck, didn’t come in her size. The only other one she seemed to respond to was a monkey. She kept saying ee-ee-ah-ah. That’s one of her newer animal sounds.

When we tried to get her into the monkey outfit the first time she was either scared, tired, or both but she made the biggest fuss and Tom and I decided not to push it. 

Brenda Trick-or-Treating As Monkey

 Trick-Or-Treat

Today Tom drew a picture of Brenda in her costume. She must have responded to it seeing the picture. Maybe she got the idea of the costume being something she could wear and it being fun, because I had no problem getting her to get into it today. She looked real cute in it. Problem was she didn’t want to have it on anymore after about five minutes. It is probably too hot, so she may not wear it long Halloween.  

Tom said he it going to put the picture he drew of Brenda on his coloring pages. None of the digital pictures he took came out all that great, but I will try to get a good one next time we dress her up.

 Whay kind of key dosen’t open a door? 

……… A monkey. It says treat-or-treat and waits for you to open the door.

Brenda Learns Like All Her Friends

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Brenda Learns Colors Through Sorting

We found a fun way to teach and reinforce colors with Brenda.

Publix had a buy one get one free sale on Reduced Sugar Fruit Loops, so I bought two. I know, not that healthy, but Brenda is not always the best eater and I thought I would just try them. Brenda liked them. She usually has Cheerios. She likes dehydrated bananas too. We make them ourselves.

Brenda Sorting Fruit Loops By Color 

Anyhow, one morning Brenda started sorting the Fruit Loops by color. I  started asking her to name the colors. She still likes to call things “boo” blue, but lately she guesses “gee” green more often. I would straighten her out by telling her the real name for “poo-pell” purple, “el-low” yellow, “wre” red, and “arj” orange.  Sorting is also a great way to work on observation skills.

Brenda Plays Music While I Cook 

The other night, Brenda was really upset when I was in the kitchen starting to cook dinner. I decided to bring her into the kitchen in her high chair so she could see what was going on. Maybe teach her some food names or just let her take in the cooking process. At least distract her and get her to stop crying. No deal. She was still upset.

Then as I looked up over her to see all our pots and pan hanging on the wall it hit me. What kid doesn’t love to beat on a pan. I know I did. I got down a pot for Brenda She stopped crying just from the mere audacity of having a pot in front of her. Then I  got her a wood spoon. It only took a few seconds to show her to hit the pot and hand her the spoon. Away she went. Little girls got good rhythm too.

Last night, I found this article with more ideas on entertaining your toddler while you cook. They suggest to give them a whole bunch of pots. I will have to see my kitchen not big enough for to many. I am going to try some of these ideas.