Category Archives: Fall

Vibrant Fall Leaves

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Submitted by: Sue Pollan

Mix paint to celebrate and recreate bright, traditional fall colors.

Goals:

  • To explore color mixing as seen with the changing season
  • To explore outside in the fall season

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Red and yellow paint, various types and sizes of sponge brushes, white construction paper (or other art paper), Mod Podge®. Lead a nature walk outside to gather leaves and other assorted fall items, such as acorns. Provide the children with a small bag to use to collect their items.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Using the sponge brushes and the red and yellow paint, brush and dab the two colors onto a sheet of white construction paper. Blend and overlap the two colors over the paper.

Step 2.
As you work, orange should begin to appear amongst the red and yellow as the colors mix.

Step 3.
When you are finished painting the paper, take out the nature items that you collected. Glue a selection of nature items on your sheet of paper to create a collage of fall shapes and colors.

Step 4.
When your collage is finished, spread a layer of Mod Podge® over the entire picture to maintain the vibrant colors. (This step is optional.)

Furthermore:
While working, talk about the different items that were collected on the nature walk. Try to discuss and identify each item.

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Specimens and Potions

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Submitted by: Gaby Merediz

Explore outside to create a special jar of specimens and potions for Halloween.

Goals:

  • To engage in imaginative play
  • To explore outside in the fall season

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: an empty jar (jam, peanut butter, mason jar, etc.), Liquid Watercolor™, wiggly eyes, paint brushes or paint droppers, various cups for paint and water and natural items found outside. Lead a nature walk outside to gather acorns, twigs, plants, grass, dead flowers, etc. Provide the children with a small bag to use to collect their items.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Fill the empty jar about half way with water. Pour, mix and add Liquid Watercolor™ to the jar until you get the desired color.

Step 2.
Add items collected from outside to the jar.

Step 3.
Glue or attach self-adhesive wiggly eyes or other decorations to the outside of the jar.

Step 4.
Use the creepified jar to decorate for Halloween!

Furthermore:
While working, talk about the different items that were collected on the nature walk. Try to discuss and identify each item. When mixing colors in the jar, talk about color blending. What new color does two other colors create?

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Leaf Man

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Submitted by: Penny Sommers

Explore the fall season and gather materials to create a personal Leaf Man.

Goals:

  • Work cooperatively when hunting for materials to build a Leaf Man
  • Learn about the different types of things that can be found outside during the fall season

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Large sheets of heavyweight paper (at least 9″ x 12″), glue, and an assortment of leaves from outside with which to create a Leaf Man. Lead a nature walk outside to gather leaves. Provide the children with a small bag to use to collect leaves.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Spread the collected leaves on a work surface.

Step 2.
Arrange the leaves on top of a sheet of paper in the shape a Leaf Man. When you are happy with how your Leaf Man looks, carefully glue the leaves to the paper.

Step 3.
As the children work, discuss the different types of leaves and the trees they come from.

Step 4.
Optional: Enhance your Leaf Man creation with paint or other embellishments.

Furthermore:
Read and discuss the book The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. For future projects, use collected leaves to create an array of different creatures.

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Apple Prints

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Submitted by: Julie Edminster

Paint beautiful fall designs using corn cobs, potatoes and apples.

Goals:

  • To take autumn from the kitchen table to the art table
  • To learn painting with different textures and shapes

Before You Start:

Purchase indian or yellow corn cobs and red apples. Slice the apples in half, horizontally through the middle so that you and see the star that the seeds make. Pour BioColor® red and yellow paints onto art trays.

Let’s Get Started!

Step 1.

The children dip apples and roll corn cobs in the paint and then print them on white sulfite paper.

Step 2.

These prints can be either hung or used as wrapping paper.

Furthermore:

Before using food as an art project, be conscious of your group of children. Do not use food in a wasteful manner if there are children in the group who might not have enough to eat at home. You may want to share part of the food first, such as giving the children apple slices to eat prior to doing the activity.

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Contact Paper Collage

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Submitted by: Sarah Wolcott

A festive way to display and preserve beautiful fall leaves!

Goals:

  • To improve fine motor skills
  • To learn about the changing of the seasons
  • To have fun exploring nature and our environment

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed for collage: clear contact paper, magazine clippings, confetti and other craft materials or recycled items. Go on a nature walk to collect fall leaves that have changed in color, pine cones, grass and other small natural objects.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Place craft materials and items from your nature walk on a table where children can reach them easily and create their collages.

Step 2.
Lay out 2 sheets of contact paper per child.

Step 3.
Have children put their collage materials in between the contact paper. Let them press gently on the contact paper to seal the edges.

Step 4.
Display for the fall season.

Furthermore:
Collages make a great decoration for the front door. You can also place the collage items on top of a piece of construction paper as a background, and then place in between the sheets of contact paper.

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Fall Crayon Leaf Rubbing

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Submitted by: Shannon Griffin

 

A wonderful open-ended activity to have for studying the fall season.

Goals:

  • To introduce children to different parts of a leaf
  • To encourage fine motor skills with the crayon rubbing
  • To teach fall colors: red, yellow and orange

Before You Start:
Go on a walk or leaf hunt and collect as many leaves as you can find. Gather chubby crayons (red, yellow and orange), easel paper and tape. Gather some cotton balls and oil (cooking oil or baby oil will both work) also for after rubbings are done.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Place leaves all over the table and tape the easel paper over the leaves onto the table (to prevent it from moving). Place red, yellow and orange crayons around the table.

Step 2.
Demonstrate to children how to rub the side of a crayon onto the paper, pressing down to create an impression of the leaves on the paper. Allow children to color their own leaves as they wish throughout the day.

Step 3.
Once children are done and happy with all their rubbings, dip your cotton balls in oil and have children help rub all over the paper. (Some kids may not want to do this, since it will make hands oily.) The teacher may also want the children to wear art smocks, or he/she might want to do this after children go home for the day.

Step 4.
Hang the leaf rubbing paper in a window to display for everyone to see; the oil makes the paper almost translucent and it can look like stained glass/or tissue; a true piece of art!

Furthermore:
This is a great activity to introduce science to young children. Show them the different parts of the leaves up close in the rubbings. Point out the different textures that each makes also.

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Pumpkin Sox

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Submitted by: LeeAnn Veinotte

Make a pumpkin using a nylon knee-high sock!

Goals:

  • To create a 3-D art project for fall
  • To encourage creativity with a fun craft

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed for activity: knee-high nylons (0.33 weight suggested), material for stuffing, plastic craft needles, yarn, paintbrushes and yellow and orange paint. The teacher may want to pre-thread the needles with yarn beforehand.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Give each child a nylon knee-high sock and have them stuff with the materials you have provided. Have them fill their socks with enough stuffing so it begins to take the shape of a pumpkin. The more they stuff, the bigger the pumpkin.

Step 2.
Help children tie off the end and cut the excess sock. Be sure to leave enough so that it looks like a stem!

Step 3.
Help children thread the needles (or provide a pre-threaded needle) with yarn, and tie a knot at the end of the string.

Step 4.
Have children start from the bottom of the pumpkin. Push needle up to the top through the middle.

Step 5.
Next, take yarn on the outside of the pumpkin and come back up through the bottom again to the top. Repeat, leaving a space between each of your “stitches”, all the way around the pumpkin (pull a little tight). This makes the rings or grooves around the outside of the pumpkin.

Step 6.
Once you’ve made your grooves in the pumpkin, make a knot in the yarn at the top and tie off.

Step 7.
Children can paint their pumpkins any way they like. Display around the room for the fall season!

Furthermore:
Paint or glue on some leaves and color the stem with green or brown paint. You may also want to experiment with sponges or rollers to add texture when painting. For Halloween, make jack-o-lanterns by decorating you new creation with pom poms, buttons, wiggly eyes, markers and more!

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