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Halloween games: Spiders and Skeletons!

It’s this time of year again when the ghosts and all things scary come out to play. Here is a great game that my kids love to play.

Put the SPIDER and the SKELETON back together!


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Prepare the spider and skeleton by printing and cut out the legs and/or the body parts TEMPLATE (laminate if possible). Make holes and prepare eight short pieces of string per template.



Aim:     To be the fastest to put the spider or the skeleton back   together.

1.  Split the class into groups.

   (make sure each group has the spiders body or skeletons body and eight extra parts)

2.     Teacher says “Start”.

3.     The fastest group to tie all the parts to the body successfully is the WINNER!

You can download the template from here:  

Spiders and Skeletons


Go to and have a look at the other halloween games (bingo, card games, pin the nose on the jack-o-lantern, pin the tail on the cat, halloween playing cards and printable masks). 

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Debbie Sensei’s Japanese Christmas!

Christmas Day in Japan is always a bitter sweet time of the year.


1. It always feels like the “calm after the storm”. The weeks building up to christmas is full of christmas games, present giving, cake eating and end of year parties. Running around making sure there is enough cupcakes and cream for the kids parties and enough wine for the adult parties would drive any sane person just a bit little crazy. And then, suddenly on the 22 or 23 of December……………nothing.



2. Being away from family and friends in a foreign country can be hard. Although, I am slowly getting used to this, it still never really feels “right”. (Santa is also not as kind)

3. WHITE CHRISTMAS!!!!!!! Growing up in Australia, most of my favourite xmas memories involve water sports, BBQs and tanned bronze skin. Christmas in the middle of winter has never really grown on me. I guess it doesn’t help that I don’t like the cold either.  


Luckily for me, I have a few things that have always saved christmas and made it extra special. 

1. Good friends

My best friend lives in Osaka and no matter what ups and downs we have been through throughout the year, we always make it a point to meet up during the winter break, whether it be for christmas or New Year shenanigans. I also have a few Japanese friends that I always make it a point to see over the break. 


2. My Pooch 

It was 4 years ago, just before christmas that this little fur-ball came home to live with me. “Molly” has seen many ups and downs and brings new meaning to the age old saying “Dog is a (WO)mans best friend”!What would I do without her?


All in all, the silly season has its happy, crazy and calming qualities. 

How will you be spending your winter break?


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