leaves cut from construction paper (fall colors)
Circles (9" in diameter) cut from brown construction paper
tape or glue for each child
Draw a spiral on the brown circles and have the children cut along
the spiral line of the circle. When they are finished
ask them to lift the cut circle to see the results!! Provide
pre-cut leaves (or materials for them to cut them). Glue or tape
the leaves along the spiral. Hang the decorated spirals from the
ceiling of the room.
Corncob Painting for Fall
Wash corncobs and allow to dry for several days. Make paint pads
by placing folded paper towels in shallow containers and pouring on yellow
tempera paint. The children can roll their cobs on the paint pads and then
onto their paper.
Variation: Cut the corn cobs in half and the children can use the
end as a stamp to make corncob flowers!
Nature Walk Cornstarch Impressions
While on a nature walk with the children in the fall, encourage
them to pick up leaves, twigs, dried flowers or other nature objects.
To make Cornstarch Impressions:
In a saucepan, mix together 1 cup cornstarch; 2 cups baking soda;
and 1 1/4 cups water. Cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens.
Cool, then flatten mixture between sheets of waxed paper. Let the children
lay their found items on top of the cornstarch mixture and press them down
firmly. Then they can remove their objects and see the detailed impressions
Mr. Pumpkin Head
Place a small pumpkin on a table, with washable markers, a damp
sponge, and accessories - hats, eyeglasses, scarves, wigs, etc. Let the
children draw faces with the markers, and dress up Mr. Pumpkin Head. They
can erase their work and start again, by using the damp sponge!
Autumn Window Paint
Paint an autumn scene on your windows with the following recipe.
It is easily removed with a solution of water and vinegar.
2 tablespoons powdered tempera paint
1 tablespoon warm water
1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
Measure powdered tempera paint into a container. Mix in water thoroughly
to achieve a smooth paste. Add liquid dish soap, mixing completely, but
gently to avoid making suds (if too many suds form place paint in the freezer
for a few minutes). This paint dries on the window in about 5-10 minutes.
Apple Board Game
Cut out an apple tree shape from brown and green construction paper;
laminate for durability. Cut out apple shapes from red construction paper.
Make small cards and number from 1 - 5. The children can take turns choosing
a card and placing the correct number of apples on the tree.
Construction paper or foam, hole punch, yarn, scissors and tape.
Make an apple for each child. Have red, green and yellow apples with
leaves on them and put holes all around the apple. Give each child some
yarn and ask them to lace around the apple (put tape on each end of the
string to make it easier for them to lace the apple).
Take the kids for a nature walk and collect things like: pine cones,
fall leaves in many colors, nuts, acorns, etc. You will also need:
cardboard or large paper plate and glue.
Cut a wreath shape out of cardboard. Ask children to decorate their
wreath with their own findings. Add a ribbon, if they wish.
Autumn Leaf Sun Catchers
Decorate your windows with these wonderful Leaf Sun Catchers!
You will need contact paper, tissue paper in fall colors, permanent marker,
leaf shape patterns.
Cut a 5 x5 inch square of contact paper, put tape on the dull side
and tape it to the table for each child. Peel of the backing so that the
sticky side is facing the child. Have the children cut or tear small pieces
of tissue paper and completely cover the piece of contact paper. Cover
the first 5 x5 piece with another piece so that the tissue is now between
the two pieces of contact paper. Trace a leaf shape onto the contact paper
and cut out the leaf shape. Use a couple of pieces of clear tape to adhere
the leaves to a window where the sun will shine through them.
Variation: You can sprinkle the tissue with water to make the colors
bleed into each other. Let it dry before putting on the second piece of
Apple Play Dough
Use red, yellow, and green colored play dough, adding cinnamon spice
to it. Lay out apple cookie cutters and tools. Show the children how to
create a play dough ball to resemble an apple. Add a pipecleaner for a
Shiny Apple Sun Catchers
Draw a large apple onto wax paper with a black marker, cut out.
Let the children use colored glue (red, yellow, green) to paint the inside
of the apple. While still wet, use colored yarn to outline the shape and
then let dry. Once dry, peel the glue apple away, if thick enough,from
the wax paper and hang!
Musical Apple Tambourines
2 Small or large paper plates per child, tempera paint, green leaf,
brown pipe cleaner or twig, apple seeds or dried beans, masking tape, and
Have the children paint the plates red, yellow or green. Allow to
dry. They can then make faces on their "apples" with felt markers, felt
pieces, or other items. When done, help them staple the two plates together,
leaving an opening at the top to insert your sound makers (beans or seeds)
then tape on the stem and leaves; staple the opening closed.
Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes
Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree,
Hold arms up high.
Two red apples looked down on me.
Make fists for apples.
I shook that tree as hard as I could,
Shake the tree.
And down fell the apples
Hands fall to the ground.
Mmmm were they good!
Take a bite, and rub your tummy.
The Apple Tree
Sing to the tune of :Rock-a-bye Baby"
Here is a tree with leaves so green.
Forearms together, elbows to wrists, hands spread.
Here are the apples that hang between.
Clench fists for apples.
When the wind blows the apples will fall.
Wave arms in the wind and let apples fall suddenly.
Here is a basket to gather them all.
Make a basket with both hands, fingers interlocked.
How to Preserve Fall Leaves
To preserve real leaves for leaf rubbing....Brush the leaves on
each side with vegetable oil. Place the oiled leaves between layers
of newspaper. Place a heavy object on the newspaper for about three
days. You will have beautifully preserved leaves for leaf rubbing!