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Brown Paper Bag Turkey

Paper Bag Turkey on table

This is a cute thanksgiving craft that can be used as a centerpiece for your holiday dinner. – stuff a brown bag with newspaper or tissue paper and tape the end. . . . → Read More: Brown Paper Bag Turkey

Where do all the Animals Go? (Hibernating)

clay hedgehog with straw prickles

The end of fall or the beginning of winter is a good time to introduce the children to the concept of hibernation. Where do all the animals go in the winter? Where do they sleep? Are they cold? . . . → Read More: Where do all the Animals Go? (Hibernating)

Burlap Fall Wall Hanging Craft

Fall Wall hanging burlap

This easy weaving activity can be kept as a permanent  fall decoration.  I’ll describe a version for school-age children first, then one adapted for preschoolers.

Burlap is used as a background to sew on various materials. The children can gather organic materials on a walk or in the yard, or you can buy artificial leaves . . . → Read More: Burlap Fall Wall Hanging Craft

Sandbox Treasure Hunting made easy

Long, cold winter days linger on and  it is sometimes hard to come up with something new to do with the kids on days when they can’t stay outside for very long.  I was rummaging around the craft’s cupboard, when I came across some fake glass gems from the dollar store. I grabbed one and buried . . . → Read More: Sandbox Treasure Hunting made easy

Stone Soup Story Time

stone-soup

One of my favorite fables for young children is Stone Soup. Here is a link to a version of the story that you can read to the children. The best way to enhance this story is to have the children participate and “act-it-out.”

Gather up the food items needed, either fresh or plastic foods. Give . . . → Read More: Stone Soup Story Time

Turkey Headband

turkey-head

Here is really cute hat for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Above are step-by-step picture instructions for you to follow. The only thing I didn’t show was that you have to measure the bristol board headband part to the individual child’s head and close it with a stapler. If you have any questions, leave a comment. . . . → Read More: Turkey Headband

Halloween Cooking and Baking

halloween spider muffin

It’s really close to Halloween now, here are some quick ideas of food to make with the kids that you can pull together at the last minute. Both are especially good if you are planning a halloween party. . . . → Read More: Halloween Cooking and Baking

Painting with Indian Corn

painting with corn

This is an easy painting activity that uses harvest produce that is available in the fall. I give each child a corn cob with the stalk attached and let them create. . . . → Read More: Painting with Indian Corn

Turkey hand puppet

Hand Turkey

This craft provides a great prop for all of those turkey songs and fingerplays. All you need are some popsicle sticks, googly eyes, construction paper and dollar store feathers. . . . → Read More: Turkey hand puppet

“Guess the Smell” game

This is an easy and  fun sensory activity that children really enjoy.  All you need to do is collect some items, foods or spices with strong aromas that are familiar to most kids. You can, of course, make it more difficult for older children.  Put them in baby food jars or small tupperware containers with holes in the top. . . . → Read More: “Guess the Smell” game