Fingerpaint & Fine Motor Acorn Craft

fingerpaint acorn craftEven though we don’t see many acorns around here we still love creating fun acorn crafts like this simple fine motor acorn craft. We love mixing colors and I wanted to incorporate making the color brown into our lesson. While you and I know that the simplest way to make brown is to mix two complimentary colors together ( red & green , yellow & purple , orange & blue ) that doesn’t let your child explore as much as I know she’d want to. Instead I let her use trial and error to make it. If paint or time is short put two complimentary colors out and have them mix them together.

The buttons add another dimension to the craft but their inclusion also welcomes counting, shape recognition and some great fine motor work.

Gather your materials. You will need some light colored card stock, a pencil, scissors, plate, paint colors in whatever colors your child thinks will mix to make brown, glue, and some buttons. We also used some paper towel to blot the paint. I find when we finger paint we glop it on super think and this technique is a fun and practical way to make drying time reasonable. acorn craft for children

Start by drawing an acorn on the card stock. I made the bottom part a little longer than usual because after it’s painted you will cut these two sections apart and glue the top onto the bottom. It will need a little extra length so that the bottom and top can be glue together later. acorn craft for kids drawing

Mix the paint. These are the colors we initially chose to mix brown. It ended up too green so we kept mixing. color mixing color brown acorn craft

 

Add more paint as you wish to get closer to brown.  If your child doesn’t want to keep mixing and the color isn’t brown yet. Don’t worry just label the color you did make ” Wow the blue, red and white paint mixed to make light purple, cool!” acorns can be purple, or olive green, or neon yellow when they are handmade acorns. Do not get hung up on everything looking just like it does in nature. If you are worried that your child will think acorns really are purple simply make a note to say that the purple acorn is extra special because in real life acorns are brown. You can get the facts straight but don’t squash the artistic spirit either. acorn painting for preschool

Paint the acorn. We chose to finger paint but you can use brushes, bath poofs, sponges, even bubble wrap would make a cool texture! acorn activity for children

If like my little artist you end up with HEAPS of paint you can blot it with paper towel. I love doing this and my daughter loves it too because it leaves a neat texture behind. acorn craft with finger paint

Let dry. This makes a great 2 day project for a young classroom or a two part one for a older class letting it dry throughout the day and revisiting this second half after lunch.

Cut the top half and bottom half out and then glue back together. Use some of the discarded painted paper to make a little stem. acorn craft for preschool

Time to glue on the buttons. acorn fine motor craft for kidsWhen I envisioned this I imagined an acorn cap FULL of buttons but this wasn’t MY project. I didn’t tell my daughter where to add them just handed her the glue and buttons. Some children might line the cap in buttons, fill it completely, add the buttons to the bottom, maybe even add an initial made of buttons to the acorn… there are so many different possibilities let your little artists explore.button acorn craft for kids

Add glue and buttons. She LOVED watching the glue squish through the holes in the buttons. acorn craft for preschool fine motor development

Let dry again! acorn craft for kids

 

15 Fall Books For Children

 

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Apple Crafts & Activities For Preschool

easy apple crafts and activities for preschool I was going to take today off of posting but then I noticed how well the apples crafts and activities I have been posting on my Pinterest boards have been doing. I decided to bring together my favorite apple crafts and activities as well as some of the coolest ones I have pinned from other blogs. Here are the best 25 apple crafts and activities for preschool.

apple tree letters
Alphabet Apple Tree
Toilet Paper Roll Apple
Cereal Box Apples
apple crafts for kids
Simple Apple Craft For Toddlers
Bobbing for Apples ( with tongs) by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Paper Bag Apple Treat Bags
apple eruptions
Apple Eruptions ( baking soda and vinegar) by Growing A Jeweled Rose
Cereal Box Apples
Apple a Letter Craft
apples yarn
Yarn Apples from Hands on As We Grow
Apple Sensory Tub
Apple Tasting by The Pleasantest Thing
Apple Print Wreath

apple seed math for preschool
Apple Seed Math from PBS Parents
Fine Motor Apples
Candy Apple Math Game
apples math
10 Apples Up On Top Activity from Buggy and Buddy
Apple Lacing Craft
Find The Letter On The Apple from PBS Parents
coffee filter apple sun catchers
Coffee Filter And Paper Plate Suncatchers
Wormy Apple Craft
Green Apple Playdough from Playdough to Plato

apple tree craft for toddlers
Pom Pom Apple Tree
Basket of Apples
Apple Pie Sensory Play by Fun-A-Day

Spin Painted Leaves – Fall Art Project

spin painted leaves fall art project for kidsWe eat a lot of salad at our house but the only thing our $5 salad spinner is used for is art. These fall art project is super simple to make. As a treat we made ours with acrylic paint known as ” Mama’s adult paint” at our house. It worked well but in my experience the best paint for spin painting is Liquid Tempera Paint like these ( affiliate link) the consistency is just right for spinning. I cut the leaves out free hand ( like you can’t tell…) but you can use real leaves as templates or cookie cutters. Art like this is so dynamic and fun and it focuses heavily on the process but still had an end product.

Gather your materials. You will need some card stock, scissors, paint, a salad spinner, some string and tape to hang them once they are dry. We used some gold glitter paint as well and this MADE the leaves. So cool. spin painted leaves for for fall art project

Cut out your leaves. Don’t  laugh I know mine are terrible but the little artists loved them and that is all that matters!fall art project spin painted art for kids

Pop a card stock leaf into the spinner and choose some paint. spin painted leaves fall art activity for kids

Add the paint fall spin art for childrenin and spin! fall art spinner painting

Our paint was a little thicker so we printed the leaves on some extra paper, then left them in the sun to dry. fall leaves art for kids

Once dry I added thread to the back  and hung them in the window.

spin painted leaves for children fall art project

 

Fall Craft Ideas for Preschool { activities & book lists too}

fall craft ideas for preschool This huge list of fall craft ideas for preschool will take you from back-to-school to the holidays. There are apple crafts, pumpkin printing, Halloween math activities, thoughtful Thanksgiving projects and more. In addition to all these great fall crafts and activities for preschool I also have a list of book round-ups for these themes. I know this is a huge list. When I sat down to create it I had forgotten half of these ideas and it was like meeting old friends. I hope this list of fall preschool activities come in handy for you this year.

Fall Crafts & Activities

alphabet activities for preschool

Letter Sorting Fall Tree
Toddler Friendly Glittered Pumpkin
Simple Apple Craft For Toddlers
Falling Leaves
Apple a Letter Craft

tape relief painting with leaves
Easy Fall Painted Leaves
Thanksgiving Leaf Garland
Paper Bag Apple Treat Bags
Shape Scarecrow Craft

halloween game for kids
Ghost Bottle Bowling
Wormy Apple Craft
Indian Corn Mosaics
Pom Pom Apple Tree
Tape Resist Fall Tree Art
Basket of Apples

turkey paper bag puppet for kids
Paper Bag Turkeys
Potato Print Ghost Garland
Apple Printed Hearts

kids craft
School Bus Craft
Apple Sensory Tub
Walnut Painting
Food Coloring Fall Leaves
Pumpkin Patch Letter Match
Leaf Rubbing Tree

apple craft for kids
Toilet Paper Roll Apple
Kid Made Leaf Place Mats
Bubble Wrap Indian Corn
Thankful Box
Apple Sun Catcher
Halloween Sensory Tub

candy corn counting math activity for halloween
Candy Corn Counting
Pom Pom Fall Sticky Window
Toilet Roll Frankenstein
Counting Turkey

gross motor activity for kids
Spider Web Walking Activity
Turkey Craft For Toddlers
Ripped Paper Acorn Craft
Handprint Turkey

fall letter activity
Felt Leaf Letter Match
Handprint Bat
Fine Motor Turkey Craft
Puffy Paint Ghost
Marshmallow Indian Corn
Potato Print Turkey

apple craft for kids
Apple Print Wreath
Confetti Corn Craft
Dry Erase Jack-O-Lantern
Pumpkin Printing with Mini Pumpkins
Fall Tree Color Matching

paper plate scarecrow craft
Paper Plate Scarecrow
Turkey Feather Hunt
Apple Lacing Craft
Recycled Artwork Fall Tree
Football Craft
Collage Ghost

halloween craft
Masking Tape Mummy
Candy Apple Math Game
Turkey Feather Color Sorting
Cereal Box Apple
Contact Paper Ghost
Haunted House Math

leaf numbers
Leaf Matching Puzzles
Pin and Pound Pumpkins
Yarn Stamped Fall Tree
Marshmallow Ghost
Rock Jack-O-Lanterns
Leaf Painting For Toddlers
Monster Math Learning Tray

Alphabet For Starters
Alphabet Apple Tree
Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern
Turkey Baster Painting
Count & Fill Frankensteins
Thank You Handprint Wreath
Cookie Cutter Ghost Painting
Pumpkin P Letter Craft
Marshmallow Skull

Simple Sensory Tub
Simple Fall Sensory Tub
Foam Frankenstein
Leaf Butterfly
Halloween Wind Chimes

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Letter O Owl
Simple Halloween Sensory Tub
Cereal Acorn Craft
Magnetic Haunted House

 

Fall Theme Books Lists

fall books for kids

 

11 Fall Board Books For Toddlers

15 Fall Books For Children

15 Fall Books For Children

books about apples for kids

Books About Apples

children's books about school

Books About Back To School

Halloween Books For Kids

Halloween Books For Children

thanksgiving books

Picture Books About Thanksgiving

 

Fall Art For Kids – Pom Pom Tree

autumn leaves art I love using contact paper for murals. I did zero instruction during this fall art for kids activity. My daughter counted pom poms, called out colors, and even noticed the size difference of the pom poms. Your child may not label all this learning and verbally clue you into what they are learning but trust me they aren’t just mindlessly adding them. They notice the different textures, they connect the colors to the changing colors outside ( our maple tree is already home to many red leaves), and they create! They are learning even when we don’t say a word.

 

Gather your materials. You will need some contact paper, painter’s tape, pom poms in fall leaf colors in various sizes if possible, and something to pop them in.

fall mural pom pom tree

Start by attaching the contact paper to a wall or window. pom pom sticky wall fall tree

Draw a bare tree on it with a permanent marker. fall pom pom tree for preschool mural

Place the pom poms where your child can reach them and invite them to create.

pom pom fall tree for preschool

She invited her dad to play too.  fall pom pom tree family activityThey played a game where he’d give her a number and she’d add that many pom poms. fall pom pom tree for kids

After  while I was cooking dinner she took them all off noting that the pom poms left “fuzz prints” but only if they were stuck on for ” a little bit of a long time”. She was right when I tried to make the fuzz prints just by placing and removing a pom pom right away it didn’t work. Loved these observations. pom pom tree deconstruction

 

Books About Fall Leaves

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leaf man lois elhert

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert  will leave you trying to find all sorts of things like butterflies, chickens and fish in leaf piles. The book is about a leaf man who blows away in the wind and the reader is taken past all sorts of animals like chickens and ducks, past rivers filled with fish and butterflies in the air. All are leaves pieced together to make these awesome images , some are obvious, some take concentration to see the animal among the leaves. Wonderful creative book to welcome the changing seasons.

Leaf Jumpers

Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber is a beautifully illustrated , informative book that all all about leaves in autumn. It’s not the most exciting book but is a good teaching resource and tool when you are teaching your child about the changing seasons.  I can’t say this is a must read, but it’s useful and worth a look at your local library and will probably make you and your children want to jump in a few giant piles of leaves!

When_Autumn_Falls

When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey is a stunning book, the illustrations which are painted paper collages, by Susan Swan are so richly colored you will want more after turning the last page. The text is clever as well. Readers will discover that fall is well named not just because of falling leaves, but also pumpkins falling from the vines, temperatures falling, seeds falling from their leaves and even football players falling! The text is the perfect length for toddlers but not too short for preschoolers too.  Cute book for this time of year.