Paper Plate Scarecrow Craft

Toddlers are exploring their world with all their senses and doing activities that incorporate different textures is a great way to explore while creating. When I asked my daughter what she wanted to make she very confidently said a scarecrow. We’ve been zooming past them at the store and I told her we’d make one , obviously she remembered. I didn’t just want to make a cut and paste scarecrow so I gathered materials with various textures and a plain old paper plate and this is what we made.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, crayons,  glue, scissors, yarn, buttons, some textured paper , felt and  yellow construction paper. I had popsicle sticks for hair but as you will see they didn’t work out.
  2. Let your child explore  all the materials. Ask them how they feel and introduce new words to them by labeling the items as they are exploring. 
  3. While your child colors the scarecrow with crayons cut out a nose from the textured paper, hair from the construction paper , yarn for the mouth,  a felt hat and strip for the hat.
  4. Hand them the glue start with the eyes.
  5. Pop them on.
  6. Add the nose and the mouth.
  7. If your child is up for the challenge hand them smaller pieces of yarn to make a stitched mouth. I decided to test the waters and see if my daughter could do this. She has been doing a lot of self directed fine motor tasks so I thought why not try. She did so well and was very proud of herself.
  8. Add the hair. We started with popscicle sticks but they were too heavy so we switched to paper hair.
  9. Add the felt hat.
  10. Let dry.

 

Yarn Stamped Fall Tree Craft

Fall always makes me think of a mix of textures and rich smells and while this yarn stamped fall tree craft isn’t scratch and sniff ( although if it was it would be vanilla and pumpkin spice)  it was a fun exploration of textures. This project was a big reminder to me about not putting your own adult vision on a child’s art work. Even after many years I still at times have to stop myself from saying ” Really are you sure you are done ?”. If you feel like saying that bite your tongue. That doesn’t encourage kids it tells them their art isn’t good enough.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some stamp pads, paper , marker,  bottle caps, yarn / bakers string , sticky back foam and some foam adhesive mounts.
  2. Start by cutting your foam into the shape of leaves. Peel the backing off and wrap the yarn around . I wrapped a few really heavily, and left one sparkly foam leaf without any yarn for contrast. Add the adhesive mounts.Press onto the bottle cap.fall craft
  3. Invite your artists to the table.  Draw a trunk.
  4. He has hit that stage of childhood where he doesn’t just trust me and questions everything. ” Are you sure it will work mom?”
  5. Add yarn stamped leaves.
  6. Try out the different textures .
  7. Let dry. As the ink dries the colors lighten.

Over the years we have reviewed many fall themed books for children but this round up contains our very favorite. For full reviews of the book check out the post from earlier this month.

Leaf Matching Puzzles

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by Kim

Looking for a fun way to practice number recognition? Then look no further. Playing with these letter and number recognition puzzles is a fun way to get little fingers and mind active. This is an activity you will want to do ahead of time and have ready for the little ones.

Grab a piece of corrugated cardboard, a marker, and a pair of scissors. You can use posterboard or craft foam, but corrugated cardboard is so much thicker and it is easier for your child to see that they are matching the pieces up correctly.

Draw some leaves on the cardboard. Then draw a line through them. I like to do a squiggly line to help the pieces “lock” in together better. Now draw a number on one side of the leaf and dots corresponding to that number on the other side.

Cut out the leaves. This is the part where you will be glad you are not making these pieces with your children. Cutting the cardboard can be tricky because it is so thick.

You can also draw and cut out leaves with upper and lower case letters to match up.

*VARIATION- Math equations would offer a more challenging task for older siblings that want to join in the fun, too. For younger children (and ambitious caregivers) you could color the leaves for color matching.

Cut along the line you drew that divides the leaf.

Now divide your leaf pieces into two sections. One section with the numbers written on them and one section with the dots drawn on them, or upper case letters and lower case letters.

Watch your child match them up. It is fun to watch them match different ways each time. Sometimes my daughter would match by number recognition and then counting the dots. While other times she matched the shape of the leaves.

Any way they match is great practice for reasoning and logic skills. Putting the pieces together make great motor skill exercise, too.

 

Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.

Fall Crafts & Activities For Kids

autumn crafts for preschool School is starting and I am officially brainstorming new Autumn and Halloween crafts and activities. One of my favorite ways to start is to look at what we have already done and share my favorites with you. All these activities and  fall crafts for kids are easy , fun and they are also educational.

Toddler Friendly Glittered Pumpkin
Candy Corn Counting
Handprint Turkey
Pumpkin Patch Letter Match
Leaf Rubbing Tree
Acorn and Squirrel Match
Football Craft
Cereal Box Apple
Leaf Painting For Toddlers
Alphabet Apple Tree
Simple Fall Sensory Tub
Leaf Butterfly
Letter O Owl
Cereal Acorn Craft

Easy Apple Crafts For Kids

apple crafts for kids
As my facebook timeline fills with pictures of little faces on their first day of school I thought it would be a good time to round up a bunch of easy apple crafts for kids. Apples aren’t just fun to craft they are also fun to use as tools for painting.  Don’t miss our round up of Books about School to help with the transition from summer to school year.

Cereal Box Apples
Simple Apple Craft For Toddlers
Apple a Letter Craft
Paper Bag Apple Treat Bags
Wormy Apple Craft
Pom Pom Apple Tree
Basket of Apples
Apple Printed Hearts
Apple Sensory Tub
Toilet Paper Roll Apple
Apple Print Wreath
Fine Motor Apples
Apple Orchard Craft
Apple Lacing Craft
Apple Sun Catcher