Friday, September 23, 2016

Square Pumpkin Craft

October is coming soon. I see pumpkins in the stores and the Halloween aisles are stocked with costumes, decorations, and other fun goodies. Here is an easy Pumpkin Craft  using colored paper, wiggly eyes, and a few pipe cleaners. This square shaped pumpkin is easy for young children to create and really stands out on a bulletin board.


Square Pumpkin Craft Activity
Square Pumpkin Craft Activity


Materials:

  • Orange paper cut into a square
  • Small green paper rectangle
  • 2 wiggly eyes
  • 1 green pipe cleaner
  • 2 gold pipe cleaners


Square Pumpkin Craft Activity


Shape the gold pipe cleaners to form the mouth and nose. I used one whole piece for the mouth and a smaller piece (about 3 inches) for the nose. The nose is a triangle with rounded points. Have fun shaping the pieces in different ways to create various expressions. Next, add the wiggly eyes. I chose to make them slightly uneven for a whimsical look.

Square Pumpkin Craft Activity

To create the vine, twist the green pipe cleaner around a pencil or pen. This will form a nice spiral curl.

Square Pumpkin Craft Activity

Glue the curled vine piece to the top of the pumpkin right where the stem will go. Flatten out the bottom end so that the green stem will be smooth on top of it.

Square Pumpkin Craft Activity

Finally, add the small green rectangle to be the stem. It will cover the bottom of the vine. Shape the curl of the vine so that it twists to the side.

Square Pumpkin Craft Activity


Happy Crafting!


Book Idea:
This craft activity pairs well with the book The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin (Amazon Link) by Joe Troiano. 



 

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sparkling Corn Craft

What is better than corn on the cob? Sparkling Corn!! My 6-year-old daughter helped me create this fun corn craft project.

Sparkling Corn Craft Project


We started with yellow and green paper and a few packs of sequins in gold, orange, and green colors. We also used scissors and glue.  You can download a free printable craft pattern for the corn and the husks. Simply print and trace. Then you'll be ready to go!


Sparkling Corn Craft Project

We arranged the paper pieces to make a corn cob with husks. When we liked the arrangement, we glued it down.

Sparkling Corn Craft Project

After arranging and gluing the corn together, it was time to add some sparkle. We used gold and orange sequins for the ear of corn and green on the husks.

Sparkling Corn Craft Project

This was the finished product.


Sparkling Corn Craft Project

After completing our main craft project, we decided to see what else we could do with the same basic pattern. My daughter used marker to draw lines that form the individual pieces of corn. It is hard to see, but she shaded in some of the squares with white crayon. We added a couple wiggly eyes and a green pipe cleaner mouth to form a happy face. Who doesn't love happy corn?


Sparkling Corn Craft Project

Next, we got adventurous and broke out the paints. My daughter dipped her fingers in the paints and decorated the corn with her fingerprints.

Sparkling Corn Craft Project

Here is another one done with fingerprint painting.

Sparkling Corn Craft Project

This sparkling corn craft project would work well in preschool and primary grades. It is a quick and fun project that is perfect for fall harvest time. Picking up and arranging the sequins is wonderful for developing fine motor skills. They would also look great on a bulletin board.

***Download the free printable pattern for the corn and husks.***

Happy Crafting!



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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Craft Stick Apple

Apple Craft: Craft Stick Apple
Apple Craft: Craft Stick Apple 


September is here and school is back in session. Over the weekend, my daughter was looking for something fun to do. She absolutely loves doing crafts of all kinds, so I thought it would be fun to create an apple themed craft.

We gathered the following materials:

  • red and green construction paper
  • 4 medium sized craft sticks
  • 2 wiggly eyes
  • 1 small piece of a gold pipe cleaner
  • black marker
  • glue
  • scissors


Apple Craft: Craft Stick Apple - Materials


First, we cut the red paper into an uneven oval shape. Then we cut the oval in half.  We added a wavy edge. If you have decorative edge scissors, it would be fun to experiment with different patterns for the edge.

Next, we cut a leaf using the green paper. We added four craft sticks to create the apple core and arranged the pieces as shown. Once we had everything lined up, we began gluing it all together.


Apple Craft: Craft Stick Apple Step 1

We added a small piece of gold sparkly pipe cleaner for a stem and a couple wiggly eyes. We made the stem thicker by folding the pipe cleaner in half and twisting the two ends together.

Finally, we used a black marker to draw seeds on the craft sticks.

Apple Craft: Craft Stick Apple  - Step 2

This apple craft activity was fun and quick to put together. I think it would look nice on a bulletin board.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Alphabet Letter Search

Alphabet Letter Search

I just added this Alphabet Letter Search set. It will be 50% off through August 26. Students can color the boxes or use paint dot markers (bingo daubers) for each matching letter. This set includes both capital letters and lowercase letters.



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Monday, July 25, 2016

Wake 'em Up!

Education Inspirational Quote
Wake 'em up!


Happy Monday!

This idea takes me back to college days. One of the key thoughts about education that stuck with me is that the goal isn't to simply impart knowledge, but rather to develop a hunger for wanting to learn and explore more. School is building the foundation of skills so students can go out and continue learning throughout their whole lives.

What are some ways that you awaken the desire for more knowledge?


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