My love of all things autumn continues with this ripped paper acorn. This is a cute craft that can be adapted easily for various ages. We used markers but paint or crayons would work well too. Ripping paper may seem destructive but as this post from an OT explains, the mechanics involved actually helps develop the tripod grip which is the proper way of holding a writing utensil. This is SO important for the end of preschool and early kindergarten. So making this acorn craft with your toddler or preschooler or kindergartener will be time well spent!
- Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, a brown paper bag, a darker brown and light brown marker / crayon or paint, and glue.
- Have your child color half of the brown paper bag with the dark brown, then the other half with the lighter brown.
- While your child is coloring draw the outline of an acorn on a piece of construction paper.
- Start ripping. Rip the colored paper bag into small pieces, keep the two colors in separate piles. Little ones may need help ripping the paper if it’s thick, I had to get the rips started for my son.
- Add the glue to the bottom half of the acorn. As you can see my little guy doesn’t always follow my directions!
- Glue on the ripped pieces.
- Repeat with the top half. You want a lot of glue so that no matter where your child places the paper it will stick.
- Let dry
- Cut the acorn out and glue to the 2nd piece of construction paper.
” T is for Touchdown : A Football Alphabet” by Brad Herzog is a beautiful book that will delight even those of us who are never happy to see football season start. I admit even being an anti fan this book was fun and really full of information that even a football scrooge like myself can appreciate. Also, it’s easy to read simply the letters and look at the pictures for little ones and has genuinely interesting blurbs for each page for older children.” Every Season ” by Shelly Rotner is a keeper. The text is simple, but the pictures really capture all the wonderful things that each season brings to make up a whole year. The photographs can be used as ice-breakers about things children love about each season, are looking forward to or even don’t like. Either way this book is full of possibilities.