Create Your Own Tree:
Every fall I like to do something with leaves. This was one of my favorites from last year and I'm so glad I have a few pictures still to be able to share it. Its hard to tell which part is more fun, gathering all the supplies from the backyard or actually putting it together. We took a trip down to the park on the day we made this project so he had a great opportunity to find lots of goodies while walking there and back. And I let him put everything in the pumpkin bucket he uses for Trick-or-Treating which somehow just added to the fun!
All of the leaves he found here came out of our backyard. He picked out some really great ones and really colorful too! The wreath is actually a paper plate that you fold in half and cut out the inner circle to make the ring shape. Then I used a hole punch to make to small holes in the top of the plate. Take some yarn and string through the hole and tie in a knot or bow to hang the wreath by. Do that part first so that you don't have to go back and find the holes after your kids gets all crazy with gluing the leaves on and covers them up (can you guess which we did first?).
Once the leaves are all glued on, let it lay flat for a little while to make sure all the glue has time to dry and then hang on your wall, a door, or in the window. You can use this opportunity to talk to your kids about why leaves change color, about different types of trees, or what type of trees the leaves came from. There are lots of possibilities here.
Here is the finished wreath hanging on our wall. We had a handful of leaves leftover and the circle leftover from cutting out the center of the paper plate, so my son was definitely not ready to stop with the glue:
He made a second one by just gluing on everything that was left!
No fall craft season is complete without a turkey. Last year we did a hand and foot turkey. The body is made by tracing your child's feet and the feathers are made my tracing their hands. The rest of the pieces were just cut out from the scraps of construction paper left over, and we drew on the eyes (although googly eyes would be super cute on this too).
This year's turkey project was a little more complex but so darn cute! I made one right along with him which is probably one of the greatest parts of doing these craft projects! I wish I could take credit for the idea, but someone beat me to this one. Here's a link to the website ToddlerToddler where the project came from: http://www.toddlertoddler.com/thanksgiving-turkey-craft.htm. A supply list and step by step instructions are included.
I took their suggestion at the bottom of the page to use these turkeys as a Thanksgiving centerpiece. They sat back to back on our table for a few days and were absolutely adorable. Both the kids loved playing with them before dinner too.