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Autumn Theme 

Crafts & Activities
Songs, Finger Plays & Nursery Rhymes

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Apple Theme
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Halloween Theme

Crafts & Activities

Falling Leaves
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 they made!

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. 

Window Paint: 
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. 

Fall Wreath
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 contact paper. 

Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes
Do you have a fall song to share with us?  Send us an email!


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!

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