The cool days of fall are a great time to head outside and collect a few things to create a fun art project or activity. With a little help from nature, a small workspace and an eager artist, you'll soon have some pretty works of art to decorate your fridge or wall (or a yummy treat to eat!). Here are a few ideas to get you started:
First, go on a nature walk picking up brightly colored leaves, bits of moss etc. along the way. When you get back home, you'll be ready to get started. Using two sheets of clear contact paper cut to the same size, peel back the backing from one of them and arrange your leaves on the sticky side. After you've arranged everything to your liking, place the other sheet of contact paper over it. Construction paper leaves can be made to replace the real thing of they aren't readily available. These are pretty hanging in a window.
Peel and chop a couple of apples. Mix one cup of brown sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl. Using refrigerated biscuit dough, flatten one biscuit on a cookie sheet. Top with a spoonful of apples then sprinkle a spoonful of the sugar mixture on top. Top with another flattened biscuit then poke some holes in top with a fork. Bake according to biscuit packaging. The kids will love smelling this yummy treat baking and be so proud of making their very own pies!
Another nature hunt is in order for this project. Gather pine cones, acorns and leaves then turn them into a pretty wreath. Cut out the center of a paper plate then paint what remains brown. After it has dried, glue your nature items onto the wreath base. Add a raffia bow for a pretty fall look. Your kids will love decorating their bedroom doors with these!
Create a head and clothing (shirt & pants or dress) for your puppet out of construction paper and glue it all together. Using leaves of different sizes, glue them on your puppet as hair and texture for the clothing. Add sequins, glitter glue or other embellishments to fancy it up a bit. After everything has dried, tape a long twig to the back as a handle for your puppet. You can also use twigs for the arms.
Help the kids dye small bowls of frosting or cream cheese into a variety of fall colors then use it to frost graham crackers or leaf shaped sugar cookies. Experiment with different color combinations.
Let nature and the spirit of the season be your guide for fun fall activities to do with your children. They can be a simple or as complex as you like. The important thing is spending that quality time with your child and celebrating the seasons of life.
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