Hanging Glitter Pine Cone Fall Preschool Craft

Hanging Glitter Pine Cone

Fall Preschool Craft

  As you can tell I love to get out and take long walks. This summer while out on the trail I came across the perfect pine cones. Not to big, no sharp points and perfect color. I grabbed a bag full knowing I would come up with some way to use them in preschool. The same day I collected them I washed them in soapy water and then set them out in the sun to dry. Then stored them in a zip lock bag. Fast forward to November and our classroom windows although full of fall watercolor leaves needed something more and I remembered the pine cones. All you need to make these fun fall glitter (G Letter of the Week) pine cones is glitter, glue, yarn and a pine cone.     The Frogs enjoyed warping the yarn through the pine cone. To make it easy to hang I cut a long string of yarn then folded it in half. I then started the yard in the pine cone and they finished it. When done it had a loop on the top to hang easy.     Next they held the pine cone and dipped it into the glue. When covered in glue they poured glitter, we used¬† red and gold this way they can be used to decorate for Thanksgiving and Christmas!     When finished I attached them to our drying wrack to dry, this took about two days for some. When I hung them from the curtain in our window, I love they way they move and sparkle!    

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Watercolor and Black Glue Fall Leaf Window Preschool Art

Watercolor and Black Glue Fall Leaf

Window Preschool Art

    My favorite time of year is fall when the leaves change color and the weather turns cold and windy. I love the look of watercolors and black glue and decided to try it in a way that could decorate our windows. I truly love the way they turned out. They give our room that fall color glow!     Supplies Needed:
  • watercolor paper
  • black construction paper
  • fall watercolors
  • paint brush
  • black glue
  To get ready I mix the black glue. easy to make I just add black paint to a glue bottle and mix until I get the color I want. Using the black construction paper I cut out the outline of a leaf I like the way black looks but you could use any color for your outline. The Frogs painted the watercolors then added the black glue to the outline leaf and pressed it to their wet watercolor.       They then added the black glue, I had some large leaves on hand so they could see the way a leaf has lines that run through them. They used the glue to make their own lines. As they got started I worried they might be using to much glue for the light to shine through, keeping my thoughts to myself of course.                 When dry I cut around the outline and hung in the windows. I love the way they look, and surprisingly the black glue is not to much the light still shines through!    

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Thankful Hands Fall Thanksgiving Bulletin Board

Thankful Hands Fall

Thanksgiving Bulletin Board

    Melt my heart what a three year old is thankful for! I used to art classes to complete this project. Letter of the week F Finger Paint! We started by making our fall tree using finger paints.

    When each Frog was finished before washing their hands I had them make two hand prints on white card stock paper.   Then on day two I had them make their Turkey body using glue. Supplies Needed for Turkey
  • construction paper (Brown, Yellow, Red and Orange)
  • eyes
  • glue
  While they worked we talked about what they are thankful for, what or who makes them feel happy. I wrote their answers and attached it to their Turkey on our Thankful Hands Fall Thanksgiving Bulletin Board!      

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DIY Light Box for Preschool

DIY Light Box for Preschool

    If your anything like me your always looking for more ways to add to your classroom without breaking the bank! For years I have wanted a light box for our preschool this is a very simple way for hours of play. Last year I used a clear storage box turned upside down filled with two flash lights. The kids had fun but it was on the floor and the flashlights lost their brightness after awhile.     Over the summer we found a clear long under the bed storage container with a flat clear top! Not easy to find most have a colored top. To make the box I drilled a small hole in the side of the container. Using old colored Christmas lights inside the box bringing the plug through the hole on the side. To give the box height I set it inside the sensory table and it worked perfect! For not that much money it works great and the Frogs love it!  

Fall Owl Theme Preschool Bulletin Board

 Fall Owl Theme Preschool

Bulletin Board

  One of my favorite fall books is Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, to follow the story we create our own Owls. In the past we have done Awesome Owls and Paper Plate Owls. This year I wanted to give the Frogs more freedom to make their owl unique. By using different colors and paper shapes each Owl turned out completely different just the way I love it! Supplies Needed:
  • construction paper fall owl colors
  • feathers
  • cupcake liners yellow
  • eyes
  • feathers
  • glue
  To start I cut the paper into circles and some I cut the sides curved to give it a different shape. Using yellow paper cut triangles for the beak. Black paper cut into legs. I simply set out all the supplies and the Frogs picked what they wanted. We then added their owls to the trees in our classroom fall board. To finish the boars the Frogs made a watercolor leaf.

Whoos Ready For Fall

  Putting it all together, I started with yellow and green background. Using tissue paper I created three trees.    

More Owl Fun

Alphabet and Name Wood Cookies preschool activity

Alphabet and Name Wood Cookies

preschool activity

  Alphabet and Name Wood Cookies preschool activity: recycle a fallen tree branch into fun cookies for preschoolers to play. This past summer while garage hunting we came across this power saw for only five dollars! Who could pass that up? I try to always add new element to my classroom and right away I thought of wood cookies. Lucky for me I live in the Northwest so I just went in the back yard forest and found a fallen tree. They really are very easy to make. First I cut the tree into 1 1/2" circles, we had a long tree so I just kept on going. I ended up having the Alphabet upper case, lower case, numbers 1 - 20 and finally the names of my new class. After cutting the wood into cookie size sand both sides to get all the bumps and pointy parts smooth. Using acrylic paint I wrote their name then a Sharpie to outline. To finish I painted wood sealer onto both sides, I ended up doing five coats, being careful to let it dry completely between layers.     I have the Wood cookies out in our Literacy Center. I have also used them in our Welcome to Our Pond Sensory Table. The Frogs love playing with them!  

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