|Autumn Hand Wreath|
|Our Mushroom Tops and Apple Halves|
|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|
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.