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October 2005 Project of the Month
Autumn Crafts for the Nature-Lover

(FeatureSource) With trees shedding their summer attire, fall is a wonderful time for kids to learn about nature by creating autumn arts and crafts. Fallen leaves, twigs, pinecones and other products of nature can offer hours of craft enjoyment while teaching children the wonder of the outdoors.

"While enjoying the autumn colors on a fall walk, parents and children can collect leaves and twigs for easy craft projects," says Trish Kuffner, author of The Arts and Crafts Busy Book: 365 Art and Craft Activities to Keep Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy (Meadowbrook Press).

Here are two fall crafts that you and your child can create from Kuffner's "Nature Arts and Crafts" chapter.

Leaf Art

Materials Needed:

  • Glue and liquid tempera paint or food coloring
  • Thinned colored glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Two equal-sized sheets of waxed paper
  • Colorful leaves
  • Flowers, pine needles and other natural objects
  • Glitter
  • Hole punch and string
Mix glue with paint or food coloring, or use colored glue thinned with a little water. Paint the glue onto one sheet of wax paper. The paper should be well coated with glue. Have your child stick colorful leaves onto the paper. If you like, add other natural objects. Sprinkle glitter over the leaves. Paint glue onto the other sheet of wax paper, and then place it on the top of the first sheet. Press the sheets together, punch a hole near the top, then hang the picture with a string in a window.

Twig Frame

Materials Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Construction paper or gift-wrap
  • Dry twigs
  • Ribbon
  • Cardboard
  • Photo
  • White glue
Help your child cut cardboard and construction paper or gift-wrap rectangles about 2 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the photo. Glue the paper onto the cardboard. Break the twigs so you have two a little longer than the length of the cardboard and two a little longer than the width. Have your child glue the twigs on the edges of the cardboard so they cross at the corners. Glue the photo onto the center of the frame. When the glue is dry, tie a ribbon end to each end of the top horizontal twig and hang the frame to display. "As the weather begins to cool off this fall, your children will completing an indoor activity together," says Kuffner.

Author: Donna Beadle

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