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Visit Whole Foods Kids for lots of fun craft ideas recycling household
We came up with this idea
last Thanksgiving and they turned out really nicely! Cut out
construction paper feathers in different fall colors (scaled to fit a
pinecone body), then glue them together in a
turkey-like-fan. Also cut out a pinecone-turkey-size head,
and draw eyes and waddle. Wrap a pipecleaner around the pinecone
body and bend the pipe cleaner to create two turkey legs/feet.
These pipecleaner legs will keep the turkey-pinecone body
supported. Glue the turkey construction-paper feathers in the back
of the pinecone, and glue the turkey construction paper head toward the
front of the pine cone. Makes a cute table decoration and/or
Paintings (ages 3-6)
Collect some acorns and
gather some drawing/painting paper, a cookie sheet for each child,
tempera paints, and spoons. Place a sheet of paper on the cookie
sheet. Drop acorns in the tempera paint, then remove them with a
plastic spoon and place the paint-covered acorns (in the same or
different colors) on each child's sheet of paper. Have the
children roll the acorns around on the paper to create interesting
Pumpkins and Fall Shapes
Mix play dough ingredients
in a bowl (see recipe links below). Add red and yellow food
coloring to create orange dough for play dough pumpkins. Encourage
the children to form pumpkins and Jack 'O' Lanterns with the
dough. Have the children roll out the play dough with a
child-sized rolling pin and use fall-shaped cookie cutters to make
Play-Dough recipes (including Traditional Play Dough, Mister Rogers' Easy Play Dough, Earth Friendly Play Dough, Kool-Aid? Play Dough, Cornstarch Clay
No-Cook Clay Dough, Cooked Clay Dough, and Peanut Butter Dough).
Crafts & Recipes
Visit the Disney Family Fun
website for lots of Halloween
crafts and recipes. We especially like the cute PB & Jack'o'lantern
Hashanah and Yom Kippur Crafts
The Jewish High Holy Days are observed during the 10-day period between the first day (Rosh Hashanah) and the 10th day (Yom Kippur) of Tishri, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar.
Rosh Hashanah is on October 4 & 5, 2005. Yom Kippur begins at
sunset on October 13, 2005. For more information about Rosh
Hashanah and related children's activities, visit http://www.jewishpub.org/children/rosh_hashanah/.
For more information about Yom Kippur and related children's activities,
To make a Rosh Hashanah Calendar craft celebrating Jewish holidays
throughout the year, visit http://www.jewishpub.org/children/rosh_hashanah/calendar.php
St. Martin's Day Lanterns
Make lovely Fall lanterns
with cut-out shapes (moons and stars are especially nice) like the ones
children in Germany make for St. Martin's Day. For a candle-less
version (which is still nice because the light comes through the cut-out
shapes), younger children can draw the shapes to be cut out on two
sturdy pieces of 8 1/2 x 11" paper. An adult can cut out the
shapes and then glue or tape the two pieces of the "lantern"
into a cylinder. Punch holes at each side at the top and tie and
knot a string through the holes to create a "handle" to hold
the lantern. Indoors, the light shines through the shapes to
create a lantern effect.
More about the St.
Martin's Lantern Parade Tradition: In
Germany children (and parents) spend much time making paper lanterns
before St. Martin's day. On the 11th of November they follow
"St. Martin" on a horse around the streets after dark with
their beautiful lanterns aglow and sing special songs. After the parade
children receive Weckmaenner, a traditional pastry, and the adults enjoy
a cup of mulled wine. (Click
here for info about a Triangle German Club's Annual St. Martin's Day parade.) See
more information or to find out how to make lanterns, visit
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
- Pablo Picasso
natural art supplies! Choose natural art supplies for the children in your life, and
rediscover the artist within as you work along
side them. Our
favorites: natural 100% beeswax for sculpting and beeswax crayons for drawing and coloring, as well as 100% wool for
fun felting projects. Perfect for rainy day projects and every day
Click here for natural art supplies and kits.
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