Monday, October 11, 2010

The Daily Play - Fall Nature Finds

Ahh Autumn. The air is crisp, the leaves are all bright shades of orange, yellow and red and the apples are ripe for the picking. We LOVE this time of year. Fall is a great time to get out there in this beautiful weather (while it lasts) and show your children first hand the changes that the season brings. Try taking your family out on a fall find nature hike. We recently headed out with children armed with pails for collecting and eager eyes to seek out natural goodies high and low. As we gathered the varied colored leaves, fall flowers and even an occasional mushroom (yuck) we discussed the changes around us. Soon our discussions dispersed as running children abrupted in giggles while racing to collect a freshly spotted field of dandelion seeds spread out ahead. After returning home from plenty of fresh air and sunshine pails can be sorted through and goodies harvested for crafts can be put aside.One of the many crafts you can make with your fall harvest is a Fall Colors Paper Tube Tree.

What You'll Need
  • A handful of fresh fall colored leaves
  • White glue
  • Cardstock (or heavy paper)
  • A cardboard paper tube
  • Brown paint and a paintbrush

1. Paint the paper tube with the brown paint. Allow to dry and then glue to cardstock to form the tree trunk for your autumn tree.2. Glue multi-colored leaves around the top of the paper tube. If you have an overabundance of leaves your child could even shred a few by hand and scatter around the bottom of the tree.Happy Crafting!! (and exploring!!)

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