Milk Carton Jack O Lantern
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!
- 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
- 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.
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!
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!!
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!
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!
- Contact Paper
- Black Construction Paper
- Tissue paper cut in small squares
- Candy Corn of course!
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!
Preschool Fall Tree
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!!
- Finger Paint in Fall Colors
- White paper with tree outline
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/
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 paints in fall colors
- eye dropper
- white construction paper
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.
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!
We finished with a favorite story
A Leaf Hunt of our own!!
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
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.
- Construction paper cut into the shape you choose
- Recycled Oatmeal Tube
- 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!
What's Inside a Pumpkin
Art Book Project
- 2 Orange construction paper pumpkin cut outs the same size
- Orange paint
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Pumpkin seeds
- yellow yarn or string
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.
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.
On Day 2 we made our inside cover Seeds and Pulp
Before the kids came to glue their book I had them explore what is really inside a Pumpkin!
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!
To finish our book We attached them with the yarn when dried.
October Black Licorice
Scented Play Dough
For the month of October I made this fun Black Play dough
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.
Great Ideas found on Pinterest
Celery Stamp Pumpkin
Preschool Art and Activities Letter C
- Orange and Green Paint
- 1 Celery stock cut in half
- White construction paper
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.