You can see a video of our pumpkin spice paint below:
I recently attended a make and take sessions and one of the things we made was pumpkin spice paint. It is super easy to make but I felt the recipe we used was a bit too runny so I modified it a little.
To make the paint I put three packets of unflavored gelatine into a jar along with 1 cup of boiling water and mixed the two together until the gelatine was dissolved. I added yellow and red food coloring and stirred until I had an orange color I was happy with.
The last step was to add the pumpkin pie spice into the paint. I just continued to shake some in until I got the scent that I wanted. Everyone loved how the paint smelled and were very excited to paint with it.
I let the paint cool down which also helped to thicken it. The children then painted large circles on cardstock paper. When they painted they could see the specks of pumpkin spice. We let that paint dry and cut out the circle and glue it on to a sheet of colored cardstock paper. The children cut out a leaf and stem and glue that on the pumpkin. They then glue pumpkin seeds on for extra fine motor work.
You can see a video of our pumpkin spice paint below:
We love working with pumpkins seeds ... there are so many things your can do with them!! I set this activity up in our math center using two pumpkin bowls that I purchased from Target. You can use any kind of bowl or container that works for you. I put the pumpkin seeds in one of the bowls and set out a pair of jumbo tweezers along with dice.
The children rolled the dice and then used the tweezers to transfer the same number of pumpkin seeds into the empty bowl. They continued to roll the dice until all of the pumpkins seeds had been transferred. This activity can also be done without the tweezers and/or the dice.
You can see a video of this activity by clicking below:
The free membership printable this week is Pumpkin Number Match for number recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I mixed up the pumpkin number cards and the number circles so that they were out of order and then set them both out on a table. This activity can also be done on the floor.
In this activity the children put the pumpkin cards in numerical order and then place the matching number circle on top of each pumpkin.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday October 8th ... after that date they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added the pumpkin alphabet match.
pumpkin number match
The free membership printable this week is Fall Alphabet Pick and Cover for letter recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I made both uppercase and lowercase letter mats along with letter cards. I set them out along with buttons to use as cover-ups. You can also use pom poms ... playdough ... or the included circle patterns as cover-ups.
In this activity the children pick a letter card and then cover up the same letter on the fall letter mat. Play continues until all letter have been covered.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday October 1st ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added the fall number pick and cover mats with numbers 0-20 and 0-30.
fall alphabet pick and cover
The free membership printable this week is Fall Leaf Puzzles for visual discrimination and color recognition. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them. I then cut along the line on each leaf to make two halves.
I separated the leaves into two halves and put them into two baskets. I have included twenty pattern leaf puzzles and twelve color leaf puzzles.
In this activity the children find the two halves and put them together to form a leaf. Play continues until all puzzle pieces have been matched.
You can grab the patterns below for free until Sunday September 24th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added a fall leaf color sort.
fall leaf puzzles
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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:
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