Preschool Fall Theme
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Arts & Crafts (cont.)

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Aluminum Foil Leaves

Supplies: pieces of aluminum foil, leaves, glue, construction paper

Set out pieces of aluminum foil and a variety of fall leaves. Let each child select a leaf, place it under a piece of foil, and gently press and rub the foil with his or her hand to get a leaf print. Then have the children glue their leaf prints to the construction paper.

~Submitted by CeCe

Autumn Wand

Paint paper towel tubes yellow and let dry. Punch several holes with a hole puncher all around one end of the tubes. Attach two-foot pieces of curling ribbon is fall colors: brown, yellow, orange, red. Play soft music and let the children use the wands to pretend to be falling leaves.

~Submitted by CeCe

Beautiful Fall Weeds

Gather interesting dried weeds. Spray paint the weeds white, gold or any other color you would prefer. Wrap and paste burlap around a can. Anchor weeds in the can with a piece of foam stuck in the bottom of the can or a piece of clay. (Small coffee can is a good size, or for miniatures a small soup can for each child) To make this fancy, glue sparkle or sequins to the tops of the weeds. Tie a bow around the can to finish.

~Submitted by CeCe

Blow Paint Apple Tree

Make a blob of black or brown paint on white construction paper. Blow through a straw to make the paint spread out to form branches of a tree. When the paint is dry, use small pieces of red tissue paper made into little balls to glue on the branches to make apples on the tree.

~Submitted by CeCe

This sweet wreath makes the perfect seasonal decoration for a wall, door, or window. Encourage each child to take her wreath home to display in a prominent place.

Materials (per child):

outer rings of two small paper plates
orange tempera paint
approximately 25 pieces of candy corn
yellow ribbon

Directions: Paint the back of each paper-plate ring orange. Set the rings aside to dry. Glue the candy corn onto the painted side of one paper plate ring. Allow the glue to dry. Glue the two rings together (painted sides out), trapping the ends of a length of yarn between the plates to create a hanger. Glue a ribbon bow onto the bottom of the wreath.

~Submitted by CeCe

Colorful Pumpkin Seed Collage

Dye pumpkin seeds in a mixture of one cup water, one teaspoon vinegar, and food coloring. Dry on a paper towel overnight. Glue the seeds to dark construction paper to make seed collages.

~Submitted by CeCe

Cornstarch Impressions

Materials: Cornstarch, baking soda, water, saucepan, waxed paper, nature objects such as leaves, twigs and flowers

Preparation: 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 leaves, twigs, flowers or other nature objects on top of the cornstarch mixture and press them down firmly. Then have them remove the objects to see the detailed impressions they made.

~Submitted by CeCe

Fall Bracelets

Loosely fasten a 6-7" piece of masking tape (or clear contact paper) around each child's wrist, sticky side out. Take the children on a nature walk and watch for dried leaves, flowers, nuts, seeds, weeds and grasses. Encourage each child to find objects and attach them to the tape loop on their wrists.

~Submitted by CeCe

Fall Leaf Mobiles

Cut a 1 inch strip of cardboard & tape into a circle. Punch 6 holes in the strip & have kids collect 6 colorful leaves. Press them between pieces of wax paper. Punch a hole in the wax paper & tie each with a different length of string to the circular mobile.

~Submitted by CeCe

Fall Objects Wreath

Place some of the items you've collected on a fall walk on a table with paper plates (or wreaths made by cutting the center of the paper plates out) and glue to create beautiful conglomerates of fall!

~Submitted by CeCe

Fall Tree in the Classroom

Cut trees out of poster board, then when you go for our walks collect leaves and glue them on our trees.

~Submitted by CeCe

Indian Corn

I had my class of two year olds glue hole punched dots of yellow, brown, and orange construction paper to a picture of corn I got out of a clip art book. The kids liked it because it was like glitter..... putting a bunch of dots on a glued page and then shaking the page so the ones that didn't stick come off and then you reapply them until all are stuck.

~Submitted by CeCe

Leaf Collage

Collect an assortment of leaves - some that are still green, some that have fall colors and some that have dried and turned brown. Have the children help you tear, cut, and crunch the leaves into small pieces. Provide the children with a medium-sized outline of a leaf on construction paper. Let them paint the leaf shapes with glue and sprinkle on the leaf pieces. When dry, punch a hole at the top and add string or yarn to hang up.

~Submitted by CeCe

Leaf Necklace

Cut out many leaf cutouts using fall colors. Have the child decorate with markers and crayons. Laminate the leaves (optional), then punch a hole in the stems and give the child some string or yarn and have them thread them on to make a fall necklace.

~Submitted by CeCe

Paper Plate Pumpkin Pie

Paint a paper plate orange/brown mixture for the pumpkin pie, cut this into pie sections. Paint the outside edge brown for the crust. Sprinkle pumpkin pie spice on while still wet or use glue that dries clear, and then add a cotton ball for the cool whip. Hang on the fridge with magnets.

~Submitted by CeCe

Pressed Leaves

Collect leaves and put them between wax paper and iron them together--that way they stay colorful all year.

~Submitted by CeCe

Sponge-printed Fall Tree

Draw trees and use pieces of sponge dipped in paint to add leaves of yellow, red and orange. Corks dipped in the paint may also be used to make leaves.

~Submitted by CeCe

Tissue-covered Leaf Magnet

Cut out a large leaf from construction paper (white or light colored). Tear up tissue paper (colors: reds, oranges, yellows, greens, browns) into small pieces. Let the children paint their leaf shapes with a paintbrush and glue and cover it with tissue pieces. Add a piece of magnet to the back when dry.

~Submitted by CeCe

Tissue-coated pumpkin

Have each child cut or tear a piece of orange construction paper or tissue into small pieces. Spread glue over the surface of a small paper plate or a piece of construction paper that has been cut into a pumpkin shape. Attach the orange pieces, overlapping. Attach a square of green paper at the top for a stem. If you wish to make the pumpkin into a jack-o'-lantern, add back paper cut-outs or draw a face with a black marker.

~Submitted by CeCe


Cut a large square shape out of corrugated cardboard for each child. Cut slits approximately 1 inch apart around the edge. Give each child one of the prepared pieces of cardboard and some long pieces of yarn or twine. Have them weave the pieces back and forth across the square, catching it in the slit to hold it in place. Weave real or paper leaves through the yard. Attach a loop of yarn at the top to hang.

~Submitted by CeCe

Fall Tissue Tree

Cut out a tree with branches on brown paper. Cut some wax paper into the shape of a treetop. Brush over the wax paper using a paintbrush and diluted glue. Cover the wax paper with tissue paper. When the tree top is covered, paint the diluted glue over the tree top trying to get all the tissue paper to lay flat. When dry, glue the tree top onto the brown tree. It looks neat hung on a window.

~Submitted by Susan N.

Fall Collage

Take a nature walk with your kids and have them bring a lunch sack. Let them collect fall items - leaves, nuts, twigs, etc. Have them glue their findings on a paper plate. I had my children color theirs before gluing to add color.

~Submitted by Susan N.

In the Kitchen

Easy Pumpkin Pudding

Materials and Ingredients:
1 cup vanilla pudding for each child
2 tsp. Libby's easy pumpkin pie mix per child
A bowl for each child
A spoon for each child

Description: Help young children measure and place one cup of vanilla pudding in their individual bowls. Next, measure out 2 tsp. pie mix with each child. Ask children to mix the vanilla pudding and the pie mix together for a seasonal and yummy treat.

~Submitted by Malinda

Apple smiles

Cut an apple into 8 slices. Spread peanut butter on one side of the slice. Add about 3-4 mini marshmallows on top of the peanut butter. Put another apple slice on top of that. Makes a cute toothy smile.

~Submitted by Donna

Harvest Snack

1/3 c. plus 1 T. butter or marg.
10 1/2 oz. bag marshmallows
5 1/2 c. puffed rice cereal
1/4 c. dried apricots, finely chopped
6 oz. candy-coated chocolates
Large bowl
Large heavy spoon
13x9x2 in baking pan

Use the 1 T. butter to grease the pan. Place the butter and marshmallows in the bowl. Heat in a microwave on high for 2 mins. stir occasionally. Let the children help you add the rice cereal, apricots, and candies- stir thoroughly. Press the mixture into a pan and allow to cool partially. When the mixture is firm but still warm, cut into squares. Insert a craft stick into each square. When the mixture is completely cool, remove squares w/ spatula.

~Submitted by Donna

Apple Treats

Peel and cube pieces of apple - enough for each child to have a T. of cubes. Give each child a ref. biscuit and they smash it pretty flat. Spread the biscuit w/ a bit of butter. Add the apple cubes to the middle and sprinkle w/ sugar and cinnamon. Fold biscuit in half and seal w/ fork or fingers. Bake in the oven for 12-15 mins til biscuit is golden brown.

~Submitted by Donna

Quarterback Crunch (I make this for Super Bowl Sunday)

5 qt. popped popcorn
2 c. mini marshmallows
1 c. whole roasted almonds
2 c. Light brown sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1/2 lb. butter
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda

In lg roasting pan, combine popped corn, marshmallows, and almonds. Set aside. In 2 1/2 Qt. saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, cream of tartar, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring over med-high heat. Stir constantly, boil rapidly to a hard ball stage, 260 on a candy thermometer, about 5 mins. Remove from heat. Stir in baking soda quickly and thoroughly. Pour immediately over popcorn mixture. Stir gently till well coated. Turn out at once on wax paper, spread apart and allow to cool. Break apart and store in airtight container. Makes 6 qts.

~Submitted by Donna

Pumpkin Muffins

2 eggs, beaten
1 c. sugar
1/3 c. water
1/2 c. oil
1 c. canned pumpkin
2 3/4 c. self-rising flour
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Spray muffin tins or line w/ paper muffin holders. Then bake at 350 for 25 mins. And enjoy a pumpkin treat!

~Submitted by Donna

Spread frosting on a cracker. Peel the paper off the kiss and place kiss near the bottom of the cracker. Add candy corn above the kiss to make feathers. Place one corn on the kiss for the head. Let frosting dry. Attach a caramel to the back with more frosting to make it stand up.

~Submitted by Paulette

Theme Ideas

Fall Walk

Take a short walk to look for signs of fall. Take a bag or basket along to carry colorful leaves, acorns, rocks, and pinecones that you may find. Set up a display with your collections. Pick up the leaves. Fill a basket with leaves - real or paper. Have the children stand in a circle. Dump the leaves onto the floor. Have the children help pick up the leaves and put them back in the basket. Sing the following to the tune of "Ten Little Indians" as you pick up the leaves: "Pick up the leaves and put them in the basket. Pick up the leaves and put them in the basket. Pick up the leaves and put them in the basket. Pick up all the leaves."

~Submitted by CeCe

Sorting Clothes for Fall

Precut a variety of clothing pictures from magazines or catalogs of summer, spring, winter or fall articles. Mount the pictures on cardboard or cover with clear contact paper. Let the children take turns naming the items of clothing and telling whether it is appropriate for wearing in the fall or not and why. Sort the pictures into two piles.

~Submitted by CeCe

Leaf Crunch

Collect leaves. Pour leaves into an empty water table Allow children to scrunch up the leaves with their hands Children can also sprinkle the crunched leaves on a cardboard leaf shape with glue to make a leaf mosaic. Great sensory experience!

~Submitted by Cindy in MD

Leaf Collecting

Take a nature walk with the children and encourage them to collect different colored leaves. Then use a warm iron to press the leaves between 2 sheets of waxed paper. To make a frame, put one-inch strips of black construction paper around the inside of the waxed paper before pressing. To add color, put shavings of old crayons in the leaves before pressing.
~Submitted by Barbie

Leaf observation

Collect leaves from a variety of trees. Place them and a magnifying glass on the science table for the children to explore.

Leaf Bracelets

Wrap a piece of masking tape (sticky side out) around each child's wrist. Go on a nature walk and have children collect one leaf from each of several trees, sticking it on their leaf bracelet. When the class returns, sit in a circle. The teacher holds up each leaf shape in turn and lets children identify similar leaf on their bracelets. Let children wear their bracelets home and check the types of leaves in their yards.

~Submitted by Barbie

Measuring with Cornmeal

Pour yellow cornmeal into a plastic dishpan and provide a set of measuring cups. Let the children take turns experimenting with measuring. They will soon discover that it takes four quarter-cups or two half-cups to fill the one cup container.
~Submitted by Barbie

Leaf Seriation

Mount leaves in several sizes on index cards. Have the children put the leaves in order from smallest to largest or largest to smallest.
~Submitted by Barbie

Leaf Lacing

Get leaves the bigger the better as they are changing colors. Lay them on contact paper both sides then you can punch holes around the edges for lacing or the kids can sort by color, size, shape or whatever.
~Submitted by Barbie


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