Decorating With Pumpkins Leaf Printing Craft Autumn Is…Fall Activity for Kids Farm Books for Kids Sensory Play With Farm Animals

Decorating With Pumpkins

I’m a sucker for pumpkins. I love their beautiful orange color, how they symbolize the season, their unique shape and the fact that they are a powerhouse of nutrition. For these reasons, pumpkins can be found throughout our home and in our tummies as soon as they are available for picking. Here is how I use them… On sconces… On candle holders… In pots… And Painted…If you have small children, this is a great, safe alternative to carving. By not cutting into the pumpkin, you will also be able to enjoy your art longer. Carving/cutting it obviously speeds the rotting process. This is my son’s painted pumpkin. We added some brown, gold and copper colored...

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DIY Baby Keepsake

It is really common for parents to have some sort of copy of their child’s handprints at birth. But what about the years that follow? In my son’s first year, I got the idea to continue the handprint tradition. We are now in our third year and the result has been something that we, as a family, really look forward to. The process is simple (as long as your little cooperates ; ) and requires just a few materials. The result–a baby keepsake in the form of a canvas print. Here’s the how-to… Materials: 1 small canvas 2 paintbrushes 2 paint colors (1 for background and 1 for hands) 1 child Directions: Paint canvas using the background color you chose (or you could jus...

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Leaf Printing Craft

“Art takes nature as its model.” – Aristotle Our fall would not have been complete without some leaf printing. A pile of leaves, a few paints, and a Saturday afternoon was all we needed for a relaxing, yet engaging fall craft. I could not have picked a better fall activity for me and my preschooler. I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much Nathan enjoyed this activity. It was so much fun, we even got dad involved for a short period of time! We first collected our leaves on a leaf hunt. Our inspiration came from the book We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger (you can view more activities to pair with this book on my sister site lessonplansource.com) Once home, I rolle...

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Autumn Is…Fall Activity for Kids

As the fall season comes to an end, so does our need for fall crafts and activities. I came up with this simple fall activity as a way to solidify concepts about the season for my preschooler. All the details for implementation are on my sister site, Lesson Plan Source. Enjoy! Be Sociable, Share! Tweet...

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We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt Activities

One of my favorite fall books for kids is We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger. I love the book for many reasons–its simplistic storyline about three friends enjoying nature together, the variety of leaves it introduces children to, and its use of prepositions (yeah, really). It is also a book that lends itself to a variety of activities, including an actual leaf hunt! So, after reading the story to my preschooler, that is exactly what we did. A leaf hunt is a fun way to spend time outside enjoying the beauty of autumn. It also doesn’t have to be limited to just gathering leaves. On our first leaf hunt, Nate and I found a variety of items (some specific to the autumn...

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Pumpkin Matching Game

I bought a batch of foam pumpkin shapes last fall and boy have they served us well! We first used them to make this festive Thankful Banner. Next, they were used to make this simple matching game… This would be the perfect fall matching game for toddlers or preschoolers. For toddlers, obviously monitor them because these pumpkins are not edible. I made this set using only four different designs. I also had specific skills I wanted to target–notice each features a different nose shape, shape color and overall emotion. The second matching game I came up with incorporates my son’s name–NATHAN. This matching game would be perfect for a preschooler, pre-kindergartener or k...

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Thanksgiving Banner

Last year, I was in need of a banner to hang as part of our Thanksgiving Day celebration. Because crafting materials are difficult to find here in Germany, this banner had to meet certain criteria. It had to be: made of things already on hand a craft my toddler could help me with say “thankful” incorporate pumpkins look adorable! Well, I think I accomplished all of that with this festive Thanksgiving Banner! It was inexpensive to make and a great Thanksgiving craft for me and my toddler. Last year’s Thanksgiving Day banner… This year, we went vertical… Here is how we made it: Materials: 8 foam pumpkin shapes various dry materials (we used sunflower seeds, oats,...

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Farm Books for Kids

Every week, my son and I head to the library and/or thrift store to stock up on books related to the theme we are learning about. Last week, we found some really adorable, colorful, creative, enriching and engaging books (you know, all of those things us moms look for in a book for our child) to supplement our learning on farms. Here is what we found, including some of what we already had…   A fun story that may have you drawing parallels with your own family’s mornings! A great board book for learning about life on the farm. It offers colorful pictures with various textures, shiny objects and sound words to represent the objects featured. A colorful farm book that also feat...

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Sensory Play With Farm Animals

Today we set out on a new learning adventure. The activity…sensory play. The theme… On the Farm I am SO excited about this theme and even more excited to share all of the toddler activities ( 2 week’s worth!) that go along with it! For now though, let’s focus on this sensory play with farm animals… My son and I headed outside early this morning to soak up as much vitamin D as possible. We have been lacking because of the ridiculous amount of rain we get each week here in Germany. Although, I guess we did have the rain to thank for the abundance of mud we had to play with. So, with a pile of mud and an inexpensive pack of plastic farm animals (with corral fencing...

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Body and Movement Activities for Toddlers

This past week was so rainy and cold here in Germany. That, combined with an active toddler, meant that I needed some fun activities that would get us moving, but would be appropriate for indoors. Well, I didn’t have to think too hard to come up with the theme, “Body and Movement”. At 19 months young, my toddler has started learning parts of the body and what better way to teach about those parts than to actually get them moving? So, here are a week’s worth of activities for toddlers that teach about the parts of the body and how they move… Body and Movement: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes From Head to Toe Make a Mini-Me Play “Mommy Says” All About...

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