PINE CONES


Book List

Sunny Days and Starry Nights: Nature Activities for Ages 2-6 - Nancy F. Castaldo
Together in Pinecone Patch - Thomas F. Yezerski (ages 5-8)


Arts & Crafts

Pinecone Christmas Tree

Make a Christmas tree using several pinecones - With pinecones standing on their widest end (the base), glue the "sides" of them together in the form of a circle Some of the petals can interlock w/each other to help hold it in place. Just use hot glue to secure. When you have the size of circle you need to form the base of your Christmas tree (obviously this can vary, depending on the size of tree you want), repeat that step, only making the circle smaller. Glue that circle onto the base, using the same technique as mentioned above--allow some of the petals of the base of the smaller circle to interlock with the tips of the larger circle. Keep repeating these steps until you reach the "top" of your Christmas tree. The very tip should be just one (1) pinecone, the "layer" beneath that should be three (3) pinecones, and so on--forming larger and larger layers--depending on how large you want the entire tree. Decorate them with glitter, lights, miniature garlands, ornaments, etc..

~Submitted by Christi

Pinecone Christmas Tree (small)

Make a Christmas tree by gluing a single pine cone into a small flower pot. I put gold glitter on the tips of the "branches", a small star on the top and wrap a piece of rickrack around the flower pot. You can add touches of glitter to the flower pot as well. You can even tuck some cotton into the branches for snow. This is just one suggestion for decorating your tree - the possibilities are endless!

~Submitted by Christi

Pine Cone Mice

Pine Cones
Felt
Pom-Poms
Wiggly Eyes
Yarn
Glue

With tiny felt circles for ears, tiny pom-poms for noses, a bit of yarn for tails, and wiggly eyes, they make cute mice. Sitting up or lying down. They might need a small base to keep them from tipping over, but a bit of grass or the like glued to a bit of cardboard can serve that purpose. Varying the ears, tails, etc can make other critters, and a dab of black paint behind each eye of a sitting up one puts you well on the way to a raccoon.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pine Cone Angel

Pine Cone
Paint
1 inch Wooden Ball Head
1 - 2 Inch Wide Lace
Silver Pipe Cleaner
Doll Hair, Yarn, Etc.
Glue

The pine cone will be the angel's body. Paint it whatever color you like. Once the paint is dry, glue the wooden ball onto the pointy side of the pine cone. For the wings, cut two 6 inch pieces of lace. Lay them on the table so the gathered edges are together and pinch them in the middle. Tie where you pinched with a small piece of pipe cleaner. Glue the pinched/tied section to the back of the pine cone for the angel's wings. Paint a simple face on your angel. Glue on doll hair, yarn, or something else for the hair. Add a small circle of the silver pipe cleaner for the halo.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pine Cone Snow People

Pine Cone
Paint
1 inch White Pom-Pom
1 inch Red Pom-Pom
1/4 Inch Green Pom-Pom
Orange Pipe Cleaner
Beads
Twigs
Ribbon
Glue

Paint the pine cone white. This will be your snow person's body. Glue the white pom-pom onto the pointy top of the pine cone for your snow person's head. Find two tiny twigs and glue them in place for the snow person's arms. Make snow person's face using an orange pipe cleaner as the nose, seed beads to form the mouth and slightly larger beads for the eyes. For the hat, I trimmed one edge of the red pom-pom and glued it on. I make a ball on the red hat with a small, green pom-pom. I wrapped about a 6-inch piece of ribbon around the neck. (Actually, the face & way they dressed could be adapted any way you like.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pine Cone Squirrel

Pine Cone
1 Inch Tan Pom-Pom
Tan, Bumpy Chenille Stem
Tan, Pipe Cleaner
Wiggle Eyes
5mm Black Pom-Pom
Glue

Glue the tan pom-pom on the pointy end of the pine cone to be the squirrel's head. Glue on wiggle eyes and the tiny black pom-pom. Add ears with a scrap piece of felt, a small length of pipe cleaner, tiny pom-poms, or even paper. For the tail, cut off 2 bumps from the chenille stem. Fold them in half and twist the ends together. Glue the ends to the back of the pine cone, and bend the top of the tail down a bit. Make hands and feet simply by cutting pieces of a tan pipe cleaner. For a finishing touch, make squirrel hold an acorn made out of a tan bead and a bit of brown felt.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Glittery Pine Cones

Paint pinecones with tempera paint, sprinkle with glitter and allow the paint to dry. (or paint the cones with glue). The glittery pinecones can be used for classroom decoration, presents, or taken home. You can also sprinkle confetti on the pine cones and they look really cute.



Links!

Pinecone Creature - Scholastic
The Pinecone Problem - Kids Korner Network (online story)
Pinecone Crafts - The Pine Cone Lady





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