Make your own: Candy Countdown Calendar

It's a fun family tradition to count our way down to any one of our favorite

If you enjoy counting down any of your favorite holidays, then here is a creative way to make your own seasonal countdown calendar!

You will need:

A large recycled cereal, frozen pizza, or cracker box
Construction paper
White glue
Hole punch
Bag of your favorite foil-wrapped candy such as Hershey Kisses, peanut butter cups, mints, etc.

Optional Items: Basic craft supplies (Glitter, paper punches, stencils, etc.)

Tip: Oak-tag board or any strong paper can be used in place of a recycled box.

The Mayflower

Did you know…
Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor, by William Halsall.jpg
"Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor" by William Halsall

Christopher Jones was the owner and captain of the Mayflower, until his death in 1622! 

It took the Mayflower 66 days to sail from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts, America!

Activity: Following the Mayflower's Journey

Wild Turkeys

Photo by Riki7
Did you know…

Benjamin Franklin wanted our national bird to be a turkey!

Today’s Activities:
Hand and foot turkey and Writing with a feather

The 3 Sisters: Squash - Pumpkins

Did you know…

Native Americans called pumpkins, "isqoutm squash"

Recipe: Original Pumpkin Pie (with a modern twist) and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

The Three Sisters: Beans

Mixed bean soup by Fran W

Did you know…
There are over a 1000 varieties of beans in the world!

Activities: Bean soup and Grow a bean plant

The Three Sisters: Corn

Cornbread with homemade butter by Fran W.
Did you know…

"Maize" is another name for corn!

Corn comes in a variety of colors such as: red, blue, white, yellow, purple, pink and black!

Activity: Cornbread with fresh butter

The Three Sisters: Introduction

2009 US coin
featuring Three Sisters 
Did you know…

Native Americans called corn, beans, and squash the "three sisters"!

Do you know the "three sisters"?

The first sister is corn, she grows tall and strong and helps the second sister, bean, by allowing her vines to climb up her stalk. In return, bean gives corn the nutrients she needs to grow. Squash is the third sister and she grows low to the ground, throughout the corn field. Her large leaves help to keep the weeds under control and the soil moist.


Lever style voting machine displayed at
National Museum of American History
The History of Voting

Did you know…

Election day takes place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the month of November!

Activity:  Watch Schoolhouse Rock: Electoral College video

Inspiring People: Cardstacker

Photo by Kevin Lam from Vancouver, Canada

Guinness World Record holder, Bryan Berg is a self-taught cardstacker. He builds amazing structures out of plain old playing cards.
He doesn't bend or fold the cards, nor does he use tape or glue to keep them together. 
You have got to see the AWESOME things he can build in order to believe it!

Spark of the Day: Words within Words

Fun Magnified
Here's a fun game that you can never out grow, you just make it more challenging each time you play! Finding words within words has become a fun family favorite in our home, and I hope it will be the same in yours!

What you will need:

Lined paper, a pencil and a dictionary or a spell checker

What to do: