Milk Carton Jack O Lantern Pumpkin

Milk Carton Jack O Lantern

Pumpkin

This has to be one of my favorite Autumn preschool projects! I start by asking the children to bring in an empty milk carton. I love to see how happy they are to bring them in. Surprising the parents are happy all willing to bring in more! I have been making these pumpkins for some years now and I have finally think I have it right!

  Milk Carton Jack O Lanten supplies needed  

Supplies needed:

  • Empty washed milk carton
  • toilet paper roll
  • zip tie
  • orange paint
  • Orange spray paint (if wanted)
  • black construction paper
  • Fall color construction paper
  • whole punch
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush
  • led light or glow stick
  • Black sharpie to write their name

 I pre assemble the Milk Cartons at home to save on time. However, if your making at home the child can do most of this. I start by peeling of all the labels on the carton and making sure they are rinsed so as not to smell!! Then I cut around the top cap. I used to put a glow stick in but they were not real bright. So I now cut a hole large enough to fit a led pumpkin light inside. I then spray paint the cartons orange. In the past it was to much to paint for some of my little guys and the paint chipped off when dry. I find the spray paint helps it from chipping. Then I punch a hole in the top handle of the carton and the bottom of the toilet paper roll and attach them with the zip tie.

Milk Carton Jack O Lanten Roll attachmen 1

Milk Carton Jack O Lantern
Milk Carton Jack O Lantern
 

The zip tie works great so when your ready you just flip the toilet paper roll up and add your light then flip it down. Our classroom Pumpkin Patch is ready!

 

Milk Carton Jack O Lanten pumpkin patch

I always make more than 10 then they can choose their pumpkin! I cut shapes out of the black construction paper and leaves out of the fall color paper. In the past I have used silk leaves and this year I even put out real dried leaves from our sensory table! The children just paint and stick! It's that easy and fun!!

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I like to put out as much as possible. My favorite part is watching each pumpkin become unique! We set them on our window to dry. For our Harvest Party we add the led light! I have been told by previous parents they bring it out year after year!

  Milk Carton Pumpkins   Milk Carton Pumpkins

Candy Corn Stained Glass

Candy Corn Stained Glass

Decorated windows fills your classroom with Autumn fun! This year I chose to do with contact or sticky paper to keep it clean as it was out class photo day! In the past I have also made them using tissue paper and starch as well as wax paper and paint. A fun easy way to fill your classroom with the holiday spirit!

Candy Corn Stained Glass supplies needed

Supplies Needed

  • Contact Paper
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Tissue paper cut in small squares
  • Candy Corn of course!
 

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After looking at all the aspects of the Candy Corn, what does it look like? Do you see the color pattern? How does it feel? What does it smell like? Most importantly how does it taste?!! I like to prep this project by cutting out the outline shape in black construction paper. Make sure to cut enough paper so it covers both sides! Then you pull back the contact paper backing and stick your Candy Corn outline to it, and to save time I write each child's name on the bottom left. When the children are ready to start you pull back the contact paper backing half way, leaving the other half still protected with the backing. Then they place the tissue paper in the sticky center. When they are finished I have them hold onto the white backing and pull as I hold the Candy Corn side.While I have them throw away the backing paper I carefully fold the sticky over so the Candy corn is covered on both sides. Cut around the edge and your ready to hang in the window!

Stained Glass Candy Corn

Stained Glass Candy Corn window fun

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Preschool Fall Tree Finger paint

Preschool Fall Tree

Finger paint

 

To create this Fall Tree we used finger paint,there is no better feeling than watching a child paint freely with their fingers. It starts with the tip of one finger, then two now the colors are mixing. Before you know it's the whole hand!!

 
Fall Tree Finger paint supplies needed
Fall Tree Finger paint supplies needed

Supplies Needed

  • Finger Paint in Fall Colors
  • White paper with tree outline
Fall Tree Finger paint play   Fall Tree Finger paint fun   Fall Tree Finger paint work   Fall Tree Finger paint play  

Inspired By These Great Fall Tree Ideas:

http://munchkinsandmoms.com/foil-printed-fall-tree-art/ http://www.craftymorning.com/fall-tree-craft-using-dish-brush/ http://pitter-patterinseattle.blogspot.com/2013/09/adventures-in-art-first-week-of-fall.html http://www.craftymorning.com/kids-handprint-fall-tree-craft/  

Preschool Watercolor Fall Leaf Art

Preschool Watercolor

Fall Leaf Art

This week we created beautiful Fall leaves using liquid watercolor paints, an eye dropper and  straw! The children loved blowing the colors around mixing them into new patterns. I will save the leave to use on our Thanksgiving Bulletin Board!

 
Watercolor Fall Leaf Supplies Needed
Watercolor Fall Leaf Supplies Needed

Supplies Needed

  • Watercolor paints in fall colors
  • eye dropper
  • white construction paper
  • straw
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I started by cutting the white paper into the shape of a leaf. Before we started we talked about Trees, how they change color in the fall and when the wind blows they fall. They then used the eyedropper to suck up the color and then drop it onto the leaf.

Watercolor Fall Leaf play

Watercolor Fall Leaf playing

When finished with adding color use a straw to blow the colors around mixing them together. I did this with three year old's ,we practiced blowing out first, this was a new skill for many of them. Once they got the hang of it the magic started!

  Watercolor Fall Leaf blowing colors together   Watercolor Fall Leaf work2   Watercolor Fall Leaf painting  

We finished with a favorite story

Were Going on a leaf Hunt By Steve Metzger

A Leaf Hunt of our own!!

  I Spy Fall Leaves  

I Spy Fall Leaves

I Spy – Fall Leaves

I Spy - Fall Leaves

Fall is one of my favorite time of year we are so lucky to live in the Northwest where we can go into our backyards on a leaf hunt! Our sensory table is filled with fall finds! Perfect to go along with our Watercolor Fall Leaf!

Great Fall Books

Going on a Leaf Hunt By Steve Metzger

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf By Lois Ehlert

  I Spy Fall Leaves

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Acorn Painted Squirrel Art

Acorn Painted Squirrel Art

This cute Squirrel finished our Fall Bulletin Board! We looked at all the different colors, sizes and types of Squirrels and Chipmunks. Our circle time book was Nuts To You.

Acorn Paint Squirrel supplies needed

Supplies Needed

  • Acrons
  • Construction paper cut into the shape you choose
  • paint
  • glue
  • Recycled Oatmeal Tube
  • spoon
  • Button for nose
  • Google Eye

To get started I had different colored pre- cut Squirrels for the children to choose from. They added their Squirrel to the tube. I used the oatmeal in our sensory table for I Spy Apple Pie! Then using a spoon they dropped in the paint filled Acorn and placed the lid on the tube. Then the fun began they shook that tube as hard as they could.When finished we removed the lid and pulled out their Squirrel while the paint was wet they added a button nose, Google eye and a tab that said Acorn Painting,this helps them remember how they made their Squirrel when asked! Use the glue to hole the button and Eye!

Add Acorn to paint in a container.
Add Acorn to paint in a container.
 
Scoop up your Acorn and drop into the container.
Scoop up your Acorn and drop into the container.
 
Shake!!!
Shake!!!
 
Use glue to add your eye and button nose.
Use glue to add your eye and button nose.
 
We added a cute tag "Acorn Painting"
We added a cute tag "Acorn Painting"
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Letter C Science Fall The leaves changing color, pine cones, Acorns and hazelnuts
Letter C Science Fall The leaves changing color, pine cones, Acorns and hazelnuts
 

What’s Inside a Pumpkin Art Book Project

What's Inside a Pumpkin

Art Book Project

 
What's Inside a Pumpkin Supplies Needed
What's Inside a Pumpkin Supplies Needed
 
  • 2 Orange construction paper pumpkin cut outs the same size
  • Orange paint
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • brush
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • yellow yarn or string
  • gule

On day one we made our book cover, What's Inside a Pumpkin?

I started by mixing the orange paint with pumpkin pie spice, children loved the way it smelled! On the week that we made ours we were also learning about the Letter D so I chose to have them Dot the paint with a foam brush. Some had great fun painting the entire Pumpkin! When they were finished they added the words to the wet paint.

Our book cover we use orange paint scented with pumpkin Pie Spice!
Our book cover we use orange paint scented with pumpkin Pie Spice!
 
Some of our kids used the foam brus to dot the paint while others painted the entire pumpkin.
Some of our kids used the foam brus to dot the paint while others painted the entire pumpkin.
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Before they came to paint their cover I had them study a Pumpkin. How does it look, feel,smell etc.. They even took turns feeling how heavy it was. We talked about what might be inside.

We spent a day studding how a Pumpkin looks, feels and smells.
We spent a day studding how a Pumpkin looks, feels and smells.
 
What's a pumpkin feel like?
What's a pumpkin feel like?
 

On Day 2 we made our inside cover Seeds and Pulp

What's Inside a Pumpkin Supplies Needed page two of book
What's Inside a Pumpkin Supplies Needed page two of book
 

Before the kids came to glue their book I had them explore what is really inside a Pumpkin!

 
What's Inside a Pumpkin Seeds and Pulp sensory.
What's Inside a Pumpkin Seeds and Pulp sensory.
 

We tasted what a pumpkin seed taste like. Then began to create. I love the way some kids turned their seeds and string pulp into faces and even Tic Tac Toe!

 
What's Inside a Pumpkin
What's Inside a Pumpkin
  What's Inside a Pumpkin work 2  

To finish our book We attached them with the yarn when dried.

 

October Black Licorice Scented Play Dough

October Black Licorice

Scented Play Dough

   

For the month of October I made this fun Black Play dough

Inspired by

http://onetimethrough.com/3-awesome-halloween-playdough-ideas/

Get some TEXTURE into your child's playdough for extra fine-motor skill development! Freakishly Fun Halloween Playdough Ideas {One Time Through} #sensory #kids #Halloween:

I made ours little different I added black gel food coloring found at Walmart and  glitter to our shakers.They enjoyed pouring the glitter on and although it looked like a big mess, in the end the play dough picked up all the glitter! Clean and beautiful!! I loved the way the Play Dough made our classroom smell like licorice.

Black Licorice Play Dough play

Black Licorice Play Dough add a little glitter to make it sparkle!
Black Licorice Play Dough
add a little glitter to make it sparkle!
 

Great Ideas found on Pinterest

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/501729214711160188/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/103934703876137671/

Celery Stamp Pumpkin Preschool Art and Activities Letter C

Celery Stamp Pumpkin

Preschool Art and Activities Letter C 

 

Fall is here and it's time to fill our classroom with beautiful Fall Colors! To accompany our Letter of the Week, Letter C we used Celery to stamp out a cute pumpkin Fall Fun Bulletin board.

Letter C Celery Stamping

Supplies Needed:

  • Orange and Green Paint
  • 1 Celery stock cut in half
  • White construction paper
  Letter C Celery stamping work   Letter C celery stamping art  

Fun and easy to set up! I made a paper tag Title  for them to stick tot he wet paint, the words Celery Stamp as well as a photo  helps them remember how they made it when they tell their family at home.

Celery Stamp Pumpkin Art
Celery Stamp Pumpkin Art

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