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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

More Autumn Decorations and Apples, Apples, Apples

Autumn Hand Wreath
Our Mushroom Tops and Apple Halves
Today Hazel and I focused on apples and did some painting crafts. Now apples are one of Hazel's favorite foods. She has one at least once a day. My mother-in-law now keeps apples at her house for Hazel, and she never has fruit in her house. So today we started by reading the story, The Little Red House With No Doors and No Windows and a Star Inside. And of course we cut the apple sideways to see the star inside. We then pulled out white paper and red paint and did some apple prints. While we had the paint out we also did some mushroom prints with mushroom tops from our yard, leaf prints, acorn prints, etc. and used an apple cookie cutter.
Hazel with one of her many paintings
Apple prints and apple cookie cutter
 Our next craft we saw on Smilemonsters: Fun For Kids Friday. It was shared by Boredom Busting Mommy. You take craft foam leaves and put one in a plastic bag. You put a little paint of various fall colors in the bag as well and seal the bag. Then you squish the paint around in the bag to get the leaf covered. Then carefully (and usually messily) remove the leaf and put it on wax paper to dry. This was a fun craft. The only problem I had was trying to find foam leaves. Since I couldn't find any I bought a few sheets of the foam in autumn colors and cut out my own leaves using the templates from Mom On Timeout's Stained Glass Fall Leaves. After the leaves dried we glued them onto a paper plate with the center circle cut out and added a sign saying Falling for Autumn.
Mushroom, leaves, pine needles, cookie cutter, acorns, etc.


Leaf in bag with paint
Hazel squishing the bag
A couple of the leaves with wet paint
Leaves on plate
Our finished wreath (letting the glue dry)
Stained Glass Apple
Peek-a-boo Worm Apple
Hazel's apple with core
Continuing on our apple theme, we went to the farmer's market and got apple cider and apple cider donuts (and fresh apples of course). We also made a stained glass apple. The glue is still drying, but it came out nicely. We used the template provided on DLTK-Kids. They have directions there as well. I also made Hazel an apple with a peek-a-boo worm as shown on All Kids Network. We also talked about the seeds and core and did the craft from Mrs. Nelson's Class. We drew in the seeds.

We also went to the library and got a few books out on apples or including them in the story. We got An Apple Festival: Orchards in Autumn by Lisa Gabbert, I Am an Apple by Jean Marzollo (the librarian suggested this one, but wasn't sure if it would be too much for Hazel's age), Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett, and The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky. We have only read two of them so far, but she seemed to like them.

Tomorrow we will continue our apple theme and talk more about apples growing on trees and doing some of the tree crafts. We will also make the whole wheat apple muffins for Thursday morning and if the weather is nice, maybe we will go to a farm and see some apple trees and pumpkin patches. Next week I want to focus on pumpkins.

 Oh, and since we had extra craft foam we traced Hazel's hand and cut out 9 of them to make a wreath. Then I added a Happy Autumn to it. See the picture at the top of the page. See below for the pdf of the signs I used on the wreath.

Enjoy!!
Wreath Signs 

3 comments:

  1. Oh I LOVE the wreath!!! Thanks for the shout-out! :) And I am in love with all of your apple crafts. That apple with the peek-a-boo worm is adorable.

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  2. Love all your crafts!! The stained glass apple looks great, and I love the way the fall wreath turned out. What great ideas!! ~April

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  3. Just saw your post on Sunday Showcase Party!! Very creative!! Love your fall crafts! Looks like fun!! I am a newbie to blogging and your newest follower. I hope you will follow back! Many blessings to you!

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