Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fall Crafts

Pumpkin Lanterns
Materials needed:
12" x 18" orange construction paper
9" x 12" green construction paper
red, yellow, and black construction paper scraps

Teacher Prep:
1.  Fold the orange paper in half to make a 6" x 18" rectangle.
2.  Measure 2" in from the open edge and draw an 18" line across the paper.
3.  Draw lines 1" apart between the fold of the paper and the 18" line.
4.  Prep the handle: cut 1 1/2" x 12" strip of green construction paper,
For the kids:

1.  Cut on the lines, starting at the fold.  Do not cut all the way through.
2.  Unfold the paper, bend it into a cylinder, and staple the side edges together.
3.  Add the handle for the lantern, staple the strip in an arc to the top edge of the lantern.
4.  Add the eyes, nose and mouth for the lantern, using scraps of construction paper

Love This Pumpkin
This idea comes from  I used this as one of the craft centers for our Fall Harvest Party.  I pre-cut and pre-punched holes in the strips.  Kids assembled them.  I put out a variety of colors (orange, red, green, yellow) so that they could make apples or pumpkins.  Some the kids put faces on them, and others mixed and matched the colors.  The kids had fun with this fun and quick project. 
My Variation:

Scarecrow Craft
Using Popsicle sticks, the kids can create a neat craft to hang on your door.

You will need:
7 craft sticks
8 yellow craft sticks
foam for kids to cut and add as decoration
Googley eyes
Pre-cut hats
Glue on a plate with q tips
 Permanent Markers

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Curled Pumpkin Craft
Curled Pumpkin Craft

More Fall Harvest Party Ideas

Apple Tasting:
Have the class taste test a variety of apples.  Add some caramel, if you like (*apple tasting party idea). Record your likes/dislikes on an apple graph. Have the class graph the results. 

Candy Apples:
Make your own Candy Apples.

Make some applesauce.

Paperbag Scarecrows:                            

Corn Craft:

Pre-cut a yellow corn on the cob shape.  Add two green husks.  Pre-cut small (1"x1") tissue paper squares.  Using the eraser end of your pencil, wrap a tissue paper square and dip into glue.  Then stick it on the corn. Makes a neat 3 dimensional cob of corn.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Paint on Leaves

Photo from quinceandquire.

For older children, allow them to use metallic paint pens.  Leaves can be framed...or photographed and framed as a gift. 

For a younger children, allow them to paint on them with a corn syrup and glitter mixture.  The leaves will dry shiny and glittery.

Puffy Painting

Puffy Paint:
This art project can be adjusted to just about any theme.  For fall, provide the kids with pictures of different leaves.  Mix the puffy paint and let them paint with brushes. You can find the exact recipe here.
Recipe:  Elmer's glue
             shaving cream (scented or unscented)
             Food coloring

The result will be a puffy picture!  Wear your paint shirts!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Keeping It All Organized

Just found a great web-based program that will help us connect and keep organized.  Check it out:

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Teacher Appreciation Week

A Pot of Flowers
Make a bouquet of easy to make flower pens. Begin by decorating a terracotta pot however you like, then add a handful of dried moss, small river rocks or dried beans, and stick in a dozen flower pens.  A wonderful gift that any teacher would appreciate.  Thoughtful, handmade and practical.

Gifts from the Class

Baby Shower Gift:
June Tailor makes a cool transfer paper that works well when transferred to baby onesies.  I buy the 3 pack ($7.99 at JoAnn Fabrics (don't forget to use your 40% off coupon).  Then I cut each sheet into 8 pieces, enough for 24 kids to design one.  Have the kids color the paper with crayons or markers.  Don't forget to have them put their name on the paper.  Then on the front of a onesie tee shirt, iron on a design.  (**Follow the directions in the package.)  Instead of wrapping the onesies...I hang them with clothes pins from a piece of yarn, stretched across the chalkboard.  The teacher will be so excited to have 24 personalized onesies for the new baby!

Thank You Student Teacher:
For less than $30, you can personalize both sides of small cosmetic bag as thank you for your student teacher. Create a bag with picture or student art that can be used for a pencil bag.  Check out for more information on this very cool, yet simple gift.