I am running a special on my membership printables!! The special is for a twelve month membership for the price of six months and contains all of the membership printables from the past twelve years plus the new material that is added weekly. The special ends midnight Sunday October 23rd.
One of our favorite fall "spooky" crafts to make is a paper plate spider. It's easy to make and it give children lots of fine motor practice.
You will need to have:
paper plates (we used small chinet)
black crepe paper
black cardstock or construction paper
We started by cutting the black crepe paper in to small pieces and the we glued them on to the paper plate.
The next step was to glue on the wiggle eyes and sequins. While the spider was drying we began making the spider legs.
We cut black construction paper in to small strips and folded them back and forth in accordion style. We then glued the legs on to the bottom of the paper plates (four on each side).
You can see a video of this project below:
The free membership printable this week is a spider alphabet sequence match which is great for letter recognition recognition and review as well as fine motor development. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and then laminated them.
I separated the spider cards and the letter circles and set them out in a basket. I also mixed up the letters so they were not in order. I made both upper and lower case letter so you can choose which you want to use.
In this activity the children put the spider cards in alphabetical order and then put the matching letter circle on each spider. Play continues until all letters have been matched.
You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday October 23rd ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added a spider number sequence match.
This is one of our favorite fall craft projects to make!! We do it over a span of two to three days but you can adjust it to fit the needs of your early learners. We use large sheets of construction paper (usually sold right next to the regular sized construction paper) but if you do not want to make giant scarecrows you can scale the project down to make smaller ones.
You can either have the pieces already cut out for younger children to put together or have guide pieces set out for the children to use as a reference for cutting their scarecrow pieces.
You will need to have a head ... hat ... pants ... shirt body ... sleeves ... straw ... eyes and a nose. You will also need to have various colors of tissue paper that has been cut or torn into squares.
Once all of the pieces have been cut out it is time to put them all together. You can put them together any way you wish but I found that we had the most success starting with the head and working our way down.
The hat gets glued at the very top of the head and the shirt body on top of the bottom of the head. You want to make sure to leave enough room to make a face on the head.
The sleeves the next to get glued on and they should be glued behind the shirt body. The sleeves can be angled in any direction.
The pants are glued under the bottom of the shirt. We used three inch long strips of yellow paper glued to the bottom of the hat ... arms ... and legs to represent straw.
We glued the eyes and nose on the scarecrow head and also drew a mouth with a marker. The last step was to glue the tissue paper squares on the scarecrow.
You can see a video of this project below:
The free membership printable this week is a scarecrow color and pattern match which is great for color recognition and visual discrimination. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and then laminated them.
I set the scarecrow mats out along with the color and pattern circles. You can do this activity with just the color circles or just the pattern circles or a mixture of them both. I did include color word circles as well.
In this activity the children pick a color or pattern circle and place it on the left pumpkin. They then find the matching circle and place it on the right pumpkin. Play continues until all colors and/or patterns have been matched.
You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday October 16th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added a scarecrow alphabet match.
I have made a set of pumpkin themed math mats for children to practice counting and number recognition. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and then laminated them.
We used pumpkin seeds as our counters but you can also use other items such as pom poms ... playdough balls ... and clothespins. This activity is also great for developing fine motor skills which if you are a follow of my blog you know I love to work on!!
You can download the patterns below:
pumpkin math maths
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