Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fall Crafts

Here's a couple fun crafts we've done lately:

Fall Leaf No-Mess Painting
Here's what you do: Put a large piece of wax paper on the table.  On top of that, put a small piece of poster board.  Then let the kids decide which colors they want placed where on their paper.  Just put little drops of paint at random places.  Then put another piece of wax paper on top. 

Then comes the fun part: the kids just use their fingers to spread the paint around and blend colors together as desired.  When you're done, peel off the top wax paper and let the poster board dry.  When it was all dry (the next day-we used a lot of paint!) we used a leaf we collected to cut a couple leaf shapes out of our poster board.  We even discussed the veins on the leaves and drew those in and then used the real leaves' stems as stems for our painted ones.

Bonus: after we peeled off the top wax paper, we placed a piece of regular paper on top of the paint that was left behind and rubbed to transfer it.  So here is what that looks like.  Isn't that neat?

These things are supposed to be Turkey Centerpieces.  The girls made these at Lakeshore.  Lakeshore does free crafts like this every Saturday.  This was the first time we had gone and it was fun. 

At the beginning of November, I made this construction-paper Thankful Tree.  Every morning during our calendar time, Primus has to think of one thing that she is thankful for and then I write that on a leaf.  My favorites so far that she has said she is thankful for: "the Earth because Jesus made it," "library books", "all the trees," and "My mommy is my teacher."

The next couple pictures aren't crafts, but rather a way that we display our crafts.  It was super cheap and easy.  I just put a couple big nails in the wall high up by the celing and tied a white shoelace to the nails.  Add some clothes-pins, and you're good-to-go. 

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