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It's Hand-Turkey Season!
Easy craft ideas with a fall theme, using nature as a guide.
1. Pine cone wreaths - Take a walk outside in that fresh fall air and gather some mini pine cones and acorns. Go to your recycling bin and grab a piece of cardboard. Cut it into a circle, with another circle cut from the center (you know - wreath shape!). Have the kids glue their finds all over it, and voila! - pine cone wreath. If you want to go crazy, go ahead and glitter it up!
2. Hand Turkeys - You remember these, don't you? Grab a piece of paper, trace your child's hand, and make it look like a turkey. Add the eyes, beak, waddle, feet and wings. If you want to take this craft and make it really special, use a glue stick to add some feathers (from the craft store) and googly eyes. I like to have my kids make hand turkey cards at Thanksgiving.
3. Leaf Rubbings - Go on another walk (a craft and exercise, too!). Have the kids collect the best leaves they can find - the more pronounced the veins on them, the better. Come home and spread them out on the table. Cover them with a sheet of wax paper, and rub the surface of the paper with crayons. Now you have a beautiful leaf rubbing. If you make them the right size, these can make great place mats on your holiday table!
4. Nutty Insects - These are great for the little guys. Although you can find them year-round, bags of whole, unshelled nuts really crop up in the markets as the holidays approach. (Or, if you're lucky, you may have some nut trees in your neighborhood.) I like to use chestnuts, but walnuts are great for this project, too. Simply let your kids paint the shell of their nut of choice in any hue that strikes their fancy. Next, help them make some little paper wings for their nutty bug, and affix them with some glue. You can go "nuts" (ha, ha) and add antennae, eyes, and legs, too. This project can be as simple or complex as you and the kids decide to make it. When the bug is ready to fly, just add a loop of ribbon to the top for hanging. You can use school glue for this part, but I find that a hot glue gun is the best tool for this job (and, of course, a parent should be in charge of this last step). Even though it is fall, why not turn the kids into little elves and have them make a bunch of these to use as holiday gifts in a few months?
These are just a few projects to get you started. Once you get outside and start collecting materials, you'll come up with even more fun fall craft ideas on your own. Let nature (and your glue sticks) inspire you and your kids this fall season.