While we painted, I talked with M2 about colors, shapes, fall, acorns, leaves and pumpkins to add a toddler age appropriate homeschool lesson. To help her with taking turns, sharing and team work, the craft has aspects I had to do or help her with. She learns best through art and music, so this craft a perfect way to incorporate learning. When we were done, she was so proud of her work!
For older kids, you can go more in-depth while you craft or do a lesson before followed by the hands-on art. They'll be able to do the craft themselves also.
Fall Craft Week
Next up for Fall Craft Week is a roundup of 20 crafts for kids from other bloggers followed by my cute Welcome, Fall Wooden Sign. Friday I'll have adorable hand print, footprint and thumbprint Halloween art M2 and I created to share with you. There's also a roundup of 15 crafts for moms coming up Thursday!
Orange acrylic paint the shade of pumpkins
Green acrylic paint the shade of leaves
Brown acrylic paint the shade of a pumpkin stem
Apple-red acrylic paint
Autumn colored silk leaves
Small glass display bowl
Acorns gathered from outdoors
Orange permanent marker, fine tip
Directions and Lesson
Mom's turn: Draw four circles around the bowl with the permanent marker so your child knows where to paint.
Child's turn: Paint inside the circles. Talk about how the shape is a circle, the color orange and other things that are orange.
Mom's turn: If needed, clean up the paint that went outside the line or clean it up a bit with paint, making them bigger.
Mom's and child's turn: With both of you holding the brush, paint stems on each pumpkin then vines connecting each stem. Finish off the stems with leaves which you can make by adding thick lines randomly. Talk about how pumpkins grow on the ground on vines that come from stems. Identify brown and green and name other things that are those colors.
Child's turn: Plop the acorns in the bowl. Talk about how acorns come from trees and that squirrels eat the nuts.
Mom's turn: Cut the leaves off the stems.
Child's turn: Add the leaves to the bowl. Talk about how leaves grow on trees and change to pretty colors in the fall. Name the colors and other things that are those colors.
Mom's turn: With the red paint, write "fall" on one side vertically between two pumpkins then the year on the opposite side between two pumpkins. Talk about fall, including fun things you do, how the weather changes, that it's when the leaves change colors, pumpkins are ready to pick and squirrels begin collecting the acorns.
Let your project dry then enjoy the beauty of fall indoors!