Monday, November 16, 2009

Fall crafts for your children

Fall Crafts for your children

This can be a fun way to for your children to have craft time for the fall.

  Post includes:
(Pictures and Directions for each Craft included)

  • Easy Fall Pudding-that your children can make(if old enough) 
  • Pumpkin Seed Pumpkin
  • Fall Chalkboard
  • Tissue Paper Fall Leaf
  • Button Indian Corn

Cooking: Easy Pumpkin Pudding  
Help the children with measuring as they cook up this Autumn treat.
Materials and Ingredients:
1 cup vanilla pudding for each child 
2 tsp. Libby's easy pumpkin pie mix per child
A bowl for each child
A spoon for each child
Description: Help young children measure and place one cup of vanilla pudding in their individual bowls. Next, measure out 2 tsp. pie mix with each child. Ask children to mix the vanilla pudding and the pie mix together for a seasonal and yummy treat.

Pumpkin Seed Pumpkin

What you'll need:
  • Lightweight cardboard (you can  cut up an empty cereal box)
  • Pumpkin printable template(see picture below)
  • Painters or masking tape
  • Paint brush
  • Black marker
  • White glue
  • Orange, green and brown paint
  • Newspaper (to cover the painting surface)
  • 100 dried pumpkin seeds (a small bag will be more than enough). If you are using seeds that aren't store bought, make sure to roast them first to dry them out, otherwise the paint will never stick!
How to make your Pumpkin Seed Pumpkin Craft:
  1. Cover your craft area with newspaper. Make giant tape donuts and stick them down to the newspaper. Lay the pupmkin seeds out in a row on the tape. This is the easiest way to have your child paint the seeds - otherwise it's quite a bit messy! You need about 100 seeds total (this is enough to give you a bit extra).
  2. Paint the seeds. You need 2 seeds painted green (for the leaf), 4 seeds painted brown (for the stem) and the rest painted orange.
  3. While the paint dries, print out the pumpkin template. Cut the pumpkin out and trace it onto a lightweight sheet of cardboard.
  4. Squeeze white glue onto the pumpkin drawing and spread it around with your finger to make an even layer.
  5. Place the seeds, painted side up, onto glue to create your pumpkin!
This is the template you can use to make your pumpkin... Click on the picture and save to your computer.Then Print it out! 


Fall Chalkboard 

What you'll need:
  • Unfinished chalkboard (available at most craft stores)
  • Unfinished wooden fall shapes (apple and leaf) (or you can cut them out yourself from colored paper)
  • Red, orange, green, yellow, and brown paint
  • Paint brush
  • Yarn or string
  • Duct tape or masking tape
  • Glue
  • Chalk
How to make your Fall Chalkboard Craft:
  1. Paint the wooden frame of the chalkboard orange.
  2. When the frame is dry, turn it over and tape the string to the back of the chalkboard to make a hanger.
  3. Paint the leaf yellow with a brown stem.
  4. Paint the apple red with a green leaf.
  5. When all of the pieces are dry, glue the apple and leaf onto the wooden frame.
  6. Write "Happy Autumn!" on the chalkboard with the chalk.
  7. Hang up and enjoy!

Tissue Paper Fall Leaf

What you'll need:
  • Brown or black construction paper
  • Clear contact paper
  • Tissue paper in a fall colors 
  • Printable leaf template(below)
  • Scissors
How to make your Tissue Paper Fall Leaf Craft:
  1. Print out our leaf template. Cut the leaf out, then cut the middle of the leaf out and discard it. You will be left with a thin outline of a leaf. Trace this leaf 'outline' template onto black construction paper and cut out. You are basically cutting out a frame for your craft.
  2. Cut a square of contact paper that is slightly bigger than the leaf. Peel the backing paper off of the contact paper and stick your leaf outline onto it.
  3. Cut tissue paper into 1 inch squares. Make sure to use a few different colors.
  4. Stick the tissue paper onto the leaf making sure to overlap the pieces.
  5. When the inside of the leaf is covered with tissue paper, trim off the excess contact paper/tissue paper.
  6. Hang up on a sunny window.
Fall Leaf Template-Right click and save to your computer. Then print it out!


Button Indian Corn

What you'll need:
  • Yellow and green construction paper
  • Printable corn template (below)
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Red, orange, yellow, and white buttons - all sizes
How to make your Button Indian Corn Craft:
  1. Print our corn template and cut the pieces out. Trace the corn piece onto yellow construction paper, and the husk piece onto green construction paper. Cut both pieces out.
  2. Glue the corn piece onto the husk piece.
  3. Spread and even layer of white glue onto the corn piece.
  4. Place the buttons onto the glue.
Corn Template (right click, save to your computer, and print it)


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