Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Fall Dot Tree
Draw or paint a tree trunk with branches.  Trace a circle very lightly - this will be the boundary for your fall leaves!  With a Q-tip, make fall leaves by dipping the Q-tip into red, orange, yellow and brown paint.

Leaf Handprint
Paint a hand a fall color. Press it onto white paper.  Let dry. Then draw on the stem and veins with brown marker.

Paper Plate and Tissue Paper Leaf
Cut a paper plate into a leaf shape.  Cut a stem and vein out of brown construction paper.  Glue squares of tissue paper in fall colors, onto the paper plate leaf.  Glue on the vein and stem.

Salt Dough Fall Shapes
Make a batch of Salt Dough.  Here is the recipe. 
Directions: Mix up the salt dough - 3 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 1/4 cups of water (plus up to an additional 1/4 cup as needed). Use an electric mixer on medium speed to beat the ingredients together until a ball forms. If the mixture is still crumbly, add more water. Knead the dough until it's smooth. Divide the dough into three balls. Roll out the dough and press with cookie cutters or make into your own shapes. Heat the oven to 225 degrees. Transfer the  dough onto a baking sheet. Bake the plaques for 2 hours, then let them cool completely. I made a half batch and it made a lot.  The picture only shows a sampling of what we made.  Once the shapes were cool, we painted them.  We added gold glitter to the paint for an extra sparkle!  

Beaded Indian Corn
My two older children have made this project before.  We did it again, because they turn out so cute and it is great for fine motor skills.
 Directions - Cut a chenille stem in half and form and x. Wrap one stem around the center of the x twice, leaving a short length of the stem. Bend the three remaining stems to form an Indian corn shape. String beads on each of the three long stems, alternating colors. Bend the end of each stem to secure.   Knot a piece of raffia around the short stem. (You can attach a magnet on the back if you want).

Handprint Pumpkin
We did this project with the 7 month old I babysit!

Learning Project
Fall Pumpkin Patch -Cutting Activity
To work on Keely's scissor skills, I had her cut out different items to add to her pumpkin patch each day.  She loved sticking her pumpkins and leaves to the wall each day!

Learning Activities
Lacing Cards for Fall
Skills:  fine motor
Here is the link for the Fall Lacing Card

Leaf Shadow Matching
Skills:  matching
I found this cute matching activity at totschooling.com  Here is the link

Roll and Say Fall ABC
Skills:  letter recognition
I placed the page on a lid for my cake pan. Keely and I took turns tossing/rolling an acorn onto the page and then saying the letter the acorn landed on!
Here is the link to this fun letter recognition game

Fall Cutting Cards
Skills: scissor skills
Here is the link to this printable- Fall Cutting Cards

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