23 Fall Books with Crafts To Match

fall books with crafts to matchOur first Read & Make post was so crazy popular that I knew I needed to keep this theme going. I see all of you pinning fall ideas on Pinterest and searching for them here on the blog. I thought I would help you out by sharing this easy cheat sheet of 23 fall books with crafts to match.

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  1. Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka and Shape Scarecrow Craft .craft for a friend for all seasons
  2. A Friend for All Seasons by Julia Hubery and Falling Leaves Craft.craft for apple farmer annie
  3. Apple Farmer Annie by  Monica Wellington and Lacing Apple.ghosts in the house activity ideas
  4. Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara and Puffy Paint Ghost.craft for plump and perky turkey
  5. A Plump and Perky Turkey by Teresa Bateman and Handprint Turkey Craft craft for donald crews school bus
  6. School Bus by Donald Crews and Cut & Paste School Bus Craft.leaves craft
  7. Leaves by David Ezra Stein and Uppercase Lowercase Letter Sorting Tree.fall books and crafts
  8. Dot & Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery by Ellen Stoll Walsh and Torn Paper Acorn. readmakefall23
  9. When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey and Tape Resist Fall Tree.kissing hand craft
  10. The Kissing Hand by Audry Penn and Kissing Hand Necklaces.inside a house that is haunted
  11. Inside a House That Is Haunted by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Haunted House Math Activity.pumpkin printing
  12. Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat and Pumpkin Printing.pumpkin eye activity
  13. Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming and Dry Erase Jack-O-Lantern.leaf man craft
  14. Leaf Man  by Lois Ehlert and Leaf Butterfly Craft.fall ideas
  15. I Know It’s Autumn by Eileen Spinelli and Simple Autumn Sensory Tub.big pumpkin craft idea for preschool
  16. Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman and Pin and Pound Pumpkins.apple picking craft
  17. Apple Picking Time  by Michele Benoit Slawson and Peel and Pick Apple Tree. owl craft
  18. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Letter O Owl Craft. candy corn counting and counting book
  19. This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed and Candy Corn Math.football craft
  20. T is for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet by Brad Herzog and Simple Football Craft.scarecrow craft
  21. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Paper Plate Scarecrow.dem bones
  22. Dem Bones by Bob Barner and X-ray X letter Craft.leaf craft for kids
  23. Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber and Tape Resist Leaves.

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Want more Read & Make ? Check out the first post in this series with 25 popular children’s books and matching crafts. Click the image to jump to that post.

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Nature Cuttings – Outdoor Scissor Skills Activity

scissor practice One of the great things about the summer is to take plain old activities like cutting and finding fresh ways of doing them outside. This scissor skills activity was inspired by a pin I saw from Raise A Boy and I re-worked it for our yard and my daughter’s love of picking flowers and plants out of our garden. Scissor skills develop differently with all kids. My daughter loves to cut things and we are trying very hard to get her to hold the scissors correctly- but it’s a challenge. In the photos below she is NOT holding the scissors in the proper way. Her index finger should not be in the handle of the scissors. Offer kids lots of practice with activities like this so you can work on issues like these gently with lots of time before they develop bad habits that are harder to break. Scissor skills work on building the muscles and coordination needed for writing so don’t shy away from cutting practice!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some kid safe scissors, a bucket, a bin or water table ( without the water) and a yard to gather things to cut. The goggles are completely optional though very fashionable. cutting practice
  2. Start by exploring your yard. cutting nature - scissor skills for toddlers and kidsThis step took a long time, we went all around our yard talking about the flowers that were blooming, the flowers that were dying, grass etc… take as long as you can with this step. Also if they aren’t into the exploring no biggie, there is nothing wrong with our kids not loving every idea we have. I have had many that never got blogged about because they didn’t get finished. It happens to all of us sometimes. cutting nature gathering the flowers
  3. Bring your spoils back to your water table or bin and dump them out. cutting into nature flowers and leaves
  4. Start cutting ( with your goggles on if you have them) . I like providing a few different pairs of scissors in an attempt to find the one that feels good in the proper grip. My daughter would hold them correctly at first then pop all three fingers back in the handle. It’s just going to take time and persistence which is always fun with a stubborn child…no clue where she got that trait!cutting into nature outdoor scissor skillsWhile you cut together talk about what you are cutting, explore with your senses. I invited my daughter smell many of the items ( especially the herbs)  and crush some in her hands and smell her hands. We talked about which things were easy to cut ( petals) and which were harder to cut like the stem of a dead daffodil. cutting flowers in the gardenI playfully asked her how her “pointer” finger sneaked back in that handle and she pretended to be shocked. cutting nature scissor skills with outdoor activity
  5. Leave the scissors and cuttings out and return to it later. My son joined in and they pretended to be in herbology class at Hogwarts. My daughter had no clue what that was all about but happily went along with her brother who could use some scissor practice too. scissor practice outside
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Glow In The Dark Stars Craft

glow in the dark starry sky paintingsOne of the greatest challenges this summer has been finding activities that my son who is going into first grade and my daughter who just turned 3 will both love. When I suggested we make a glow in the dark paintings after seeing the stars out on 4th of July ( they aren’t normally awake late enough to see any! ) they both thought it was a cool idea. These glow in the dark stars paintings are really easy to make and despite being locked out of our house for hours in the middle of making them we still had a great time. And they really do glow in the dark !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a canvas, black acrylic paint, glow in the dark paint , paint brushes ( the bigger the better ), paper plates, and star stickers. You will also want wipes or a wet cloth and a good drop cloth when working with non washable paints.glow in the dark paintings craft for kids
  2. Pour the paint on to a paper plate . I like using big brushes when the goal is coverage. With 3 year olds making the activity attainable is key to making it a success. Paint your whole canvas with the glow in the dark paint. My daughter started then we realized we were locked out of our house ( without shoes and I was in PJs ) so we took a 2 hour break while we tried to find an open window gave up and went to the safety of a neighbors to call a locksmith. glow in the dark stars
  3. Add stickers when the canvases are dry. My daughter did a random smattering of stars and I helped her make sure they were all pressed on and glow in the dark star sticker reisistmy son made a constellation.glow in the dark star paintings
  4. Add the black paint.  My son helped his sister and to my surprise she let him. This picture is what I love most about crafts, just doing something together with family.glow in the dark star paintings craft for kids Let dry to the touch. The stars peel off easier if they aren’t 100% dry.glow in the dark starry sky paintings
  5. Carefully peel the stars off. This never gets old for my kids. They love seeing the shapes emerge.  Leave the paintings out in the sun to dry 100%.glow in the dark sticker resist painting for kids
  6. Find a dark room and watch them glowglow in the dark stary sky paintings – sorry for the bad picture but my inexpensive camera isn’t great for  glow in the dark. Trust me it was cool! Pop them in your kids bedrooms to see the stars every night.glow in the dark star paintings easy craft for kids

Books About Stars

draw me a star

Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle is often not read in classrooms simply because of a depiction of a naked man and woman. It’s not what most parents expect to find in an Eric Carle book but it is very fitting in this beautiful and really touching book. The story although very similar to a biblical creation story isn’t necessarily reflective only of a christian view point , rather as I read it is was the author’s own creation. It begins and ends with a star , and hits all the right points in between.

Stargazers

Stargazers by Gail Gibbons is a good choice of book to teach about stars, constellations, telescopes and more.  My son sat listening to this book and every now and then was engaged but it was a bit lengthy and a little too in depth for him ( he’s almost 3) however the book is great , it explains complicated scientific information in a really accessible way.  I even learned a few new things about telescopes! I will be taking this book out of the library again for sure when my son is a little older.

Books About Stars

Our Stars by Anne Rockwell is another wonderful non fiction book from this author illustrator. The book shares the most basic facts about stars with the reader as well as more complicated facts about constellations, comets and meteors. I love that the facts are shared pretty independently on each page, so if something is above your toddlers head you can simply skip that page, until they are . The illustrations are fun enough to grab attention but detailed enough to help explain the facts being presented.

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39 Painting Activities For Kids

painting activities for kidsWho says you have to use a plain old brush for painting? Part of raising creative kids is setting them up to  use items in new ways, to look at something and wonder, “What can I make with that?!” A great starting point is to expose them to simple projects likes these and create. Here are 39 different things you can paint with all with different painting activities for kids. Each item takes you to a full tutorial of a project where we used the specific tool.

 

1. Cookie Cutters
2. Noodles
3. Carrots and Zucchinis
4. Bouncy Balls
5. Toy Trucks
6. Potato Masher
7. Paper Towel Rolls ( and other recycling)
8. Flowers
9. Animal Toys
10. Fly Swatter
11. Bubble Wands
12. Q-Tips
13. Bath Poofs
14. Feathers
15. Apples
16. Forks
17. Toy Trains
18. Glass Sponges
19. Combs
20. Marshmallows
21. Bugs
22. Corks
23. Mushrooms
24. Squeeze Bottles
25. Bubble Wrap
26. Blocks
27. Toothbrush
28. Easter Eggs
29. Salad Spinner
30. Kitchen Sponges
31. Bath Toys
32. Onions
33. Ribbons
34. Dish Scrubber
35. Mini Pumpkins
36. Turkey Baster
37. Gloves
38. Potatoes
39. Fingers!

 

Writing Books With Your Child { Guest Post}

Writing Books with Your Child

by Becky Spence { This Reading Mama }

When kids are first learning to read, one of the things they need are some basic sight words under their belt. My son {age 4.5} has learned about 25 sight words this past year through the PreK reading curriculum I created for him. This summer, I want to expand and review that sight word learning without being too structured.

One way we will do this is by composing emergent readers together about him and the things he loves. There are many reasons why this concept works well. For one, it is all about the child. The majority of readers, even reluctant readers, will stick with something longer when the topic is of high interest to them {and what is more interesting to a child than a story about himself?} Secondly, this idea is highly adaptable to meet the developmental needs of the child {most writing activities are}. I will include some of those adaptations at the end of the post. But for now, I want to share how we made our first emergent book of the summer.

Steps to Writing Books with Your Child

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1. Ahead of time, I chose the predictable sentence I wanted for this particular book: “I like to…”. {For young readers, predictable text like this works well because of the repetition of words.} I asked him to pick several things he liked to do and he did them. While he was doing them, I took pictures of him. Painting, jumping, playing his favorite bird game, coloring…you name it.

2. I saved all the pictures to our computer. He chose the pictures he wanted to use and I printed them each onto a separate piece of paper to create a book.

3. I modeled the first sentence, “I like to color”. He listened as I talked through my sentence. It’s great for kids to hear us think out loud as we read and write. This is one way they gain the strategies they need to read and write with independence. An example of what I said, “I’m going to start writing over here on the left side of the paper because that’s where you start with reading and writing.” Think basic. Think simple.

Writing Books with Your Child

4. We worked on the other sentences together. “I like to jump.” “I like to play.” And so on. I let him take the lead and write as much as he wanted. When he didn’t want to write any more, I helped out. To keep him active in the writing while I had the pencil, he continued to help me sound out words. Writing books with kids is a great way to model spacing, capitialization, listening for phonemes {sounds in words}, and other foundational reading and writing skills.

5. Once all the sentences were written {this took two days}, we worked on the title page; made from colored construciton paper of his choice. Coming up with a title was a bit tricky for him, so I offered him several choices. He picked, “Things I Like to Do”. He added “by {his name}” to the title page as well.

6. We stapled the book together and he used our recycled bubble wand to read it to me. The book now has a home in his independent reading bin {a bin of books he can read himself, mainly from Reading the Alphabet}. If you don’t have a bin, displaying the books your child has written among the other books on the shelf or in a special space shows him you value his work as a writer.

Adaptations for Writing Books with Your Child

  • Instead of taking photos, ask your child to illustrate the pictures. This works particularly well for those children who love to draw.
  • Adapt the predictable sentence based on the words your child already knows or needs to know. Start simple. Sight words need to be introduced slowly with children just learning to read.
  • Use life experiences to create your sentences. For example, after a trip to the zoo, you could write the predictable sentence: “I saw a…” filling in the different animals your child saw that day.
  • Make it as long or as short as you’d like. Our book was five pages long because that’s all his attention span could handle.
  • Break up the activity into different segments. The entire book does not have to be completed in one sitting. Break it up over a few days, especially if you’re asking your child to do most of the drawing or writing.
  • For children who are not ready to do the writing, do it for them. But require that they be your helper, listening for sounds {phonemes} in words, helping put the space in between words by placing their finger there as a space holder, or drawing the period at the end of the sentence. Sometimes children just aren’t ready to write the entire sentence. Ask them to write the letters they do know how to write.
  • For more advanced readers/writers, mix up the sentences a bit instead of making the book totally predictable. For example, “I like to jump./I can jump very high./I jump the highest on my trampoline.” etc.

Predictable Sentence Starters

As a head-start, here are a few sentence starters that work well for writing predictable books with young readers, based on early sight word lists:

  • The _______.
  • A ______.
  • I see the ______.
  • I see a ______.
  • I can _______.
  • I like _______.
  • I like to ______. {example I used}
  • I saw a ______.
  • I am _______.
  • My _______.
  • Look at the ______.

 

Becky @ This Reading Mama

Becky Spence is a homeschooling mama to four little blessings. She is passionate about teaching, specifically literacy. She is the author of This Reading Mama, where she shares reading and writing activities as well as literacy curricula and printables. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +.