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Craft Stick Stamped Thanksgiving Turkey

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Craft stick stamped turkey for Thanksgiving and fall. Art and crafts for kids - painting with Popsicle sticks - preschoolers

My daughter loves to create and will do it with anything that is at her fingertips. Yesterday, she grabbed a pair of scissors and cut out two squares. She told me that she was going to make a jelly sandwich. She went and got some paint and a craft stick and spread her two squares with paint and made a grape jelly sandwich.

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Watching her paint with the craft stick gave me an idea. With Thanksgiving nearing, I thought that we could use the craft stick as paint stamp to create a cute turkey craft.

Craft Stick Stamped Turkey

We squeezed acrylic paints in the color of our choosing onto paper plates and then dipped half of the craft stick into the paint.

We pressed the paint covered stick onto a piece of paper. We continued to dip and stamp the craft stick around the paper to form the turkey’s feathers.

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Once we stamped on all of the feathers to our liking, we set our paint aside to dry. If the paint is very thick in spots, you can blot the paint to help it dry.

While the paint dried, we cut two circles. We made one of the circles larger than the other and then cut out a small triangle for a beak and a waddle to go under the beak.

We just slightly overlapped the smaller circle over the larger circle and glued it into place. We each glued a pair of googly eyes onto the top of the smaller circle and then glued the beak and waddle underneath it.

Once the paint dried, we glued the turkey’s body in front of its feathers.

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Craft stick stamped turkey for Thanksgiving and fall. Art and crafts for kids - painting with Popsicle sticks - preschoolers

Craft stick stamped turkey for Thanksgiving and fall. Art and crafts for kids - painting with Popsicle sticks - preschoolers

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Bleeding Tissue Paper Trees

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We are deep into the fall now and the cold weather is here. The leaves are falling and some of the trees are bare now. I love the fall trees, but I also love the haunting beauty that comes with a bare tree, especially against the night sky.bleeding tissue paper tree painting - spooky night autumn, fall or winter trees. Perfect arts & crafts project for every season for kids and preschoolers

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We wanted to paint some night skies, but thought that bleeding tissue paper might be perfect for a our haunting scene.

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Pine Cone Pets

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A fun thing happened the other day. I found a huge bag of pine cones in my basement.Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for these Owl, butterfly, turkey craft for kids. Fall or autumn arts and crafts. Nature

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I was excited beyond belief with our find. Pine cones make wonderful craft materials. The scales and the spaces in between make it a great material for children to use. They can stuff pom poms or tissue in between the scales or wrap the pine cones in yarn or ribbon. There are a number of options.

We wanted to make some cute critters with our pine cones and used air dry clay and pipe cleaners to form our creations. We are huge fans of the air dry clay, but you can try this with play dough as well.

Air Dry Clay

Press a small piece of clay underneath the pine cone to make a sturdy base for your creature.

Roll out a ball of clay to form a head and press it into the upper portion of your pine cone. Press googly eyes into the clay. (When the clay hardens, if an eye falls out, use a dab of glue to hold it back into place)

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We cut a bunch of pipe cleaners in half and some into smaller pieces to form arms, wings, antennae or other details. You may also carve into the clay to form facial details. My daughter used her finger to carve a mouth into one of her creations. She made four critters in all. They were adorable and she even gave me one as a present to put on my night stand.

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pine cone creatures. Use Pipe cleaners, clay and pinecones as an invitation to create a variety of creatures. Arts and crafts for kids with nature

 

I made a few animals of my own.Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for these Owl, butterfly, turkey craft for kids. Fall or autumn arts and crafts. Nature

I used the same techniques as above. We used the clay at the bottom to form a solid base and then used clay to form the eyes for the owl and then the head for the butterfly and the turkey. Each of these got a pair of googly eyes pressed into them. The beaks for the owl and the turkey were cut out of orange foam and the waddle for the turkey was cut out of red foam. Glue was used to hold these into place. Pipe cleaners were used to form feathers, wings, feet and antennae and horns for our assorted creatures.

These were so much fun to make. I am sure that we will be making more of these together soon.

                       Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. Check out our other pine cone animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for this Owl craft for kids. Fall or autumn arts and crafts. Nature Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. Check out our other pine cone animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for this turkey craft for kids. Fall or autumn \, Thanksgiving arts and crafts. Nature Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. Check out our other pine cone animals. See our other pine cone animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for this butterfly craft for kids. arts and crafts. Nature

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Autumn Road Painting Tutorial

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My 4 year old daughter loves to play pretend. One of her favorite things is to play school. This usually works pretty good for me because when I am teacher, she is attentive and listens. We had a geography lesson first, which went pretty well and then we went on to an art lesson.

Fall Road painting tutorial. Step by step instructions on making autumn art - Kid's arts and crafts

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We went for a drive over the weekend and saw the gorgeous fall foliage. I don’t think that are many things more beautiful than a fall road. That was the inspiration for our art project for pretend school.

Our art lesson was quite theatrical, as she had me playing to a whole classroom of pretend students, some of which were getting paint in their hair and drinking the paint water. Art class ran long, but we had a lot of laughs and got a couple of great fall paintings out of it.

Here are the step by step instructions that I offered to my pretend art class and my one very real star pupil. Follow both of us through each step.

Paint a road about 3/4 of the way up the middle of a canvas with gray paint. Make it wide at the bottom and let it get narrower as you go up.

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Dip the brush lightly in white paint. Tap your brush a little to blot paint and lightly brush up on your road.  Add as many white strokes as you like and then do the same with black. No need to clean your brush between colors. Just let them blend. My daughter liked this. She thought that it made her road look cool.

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Paint a rectangle with a triangle off to the right. My daughter designed her own house. She made a large red farm house with many peaks and a big chimney.

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Draw a thick roof on the left of the triangle and a thin line to the right of the triangle.

Paint squares and rectangles onto the house for doors and windows.

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Paint two yellow stripes onto the middle of the road and then two white stripes along the outside.

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Make quick and short strokes in green along the sides of the road. Layer with yellow strokes.

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With a long thin brush make long lines all around the sides of the road.  Make them in front of your house as well. Use browns, grays or blacks or a combination of those. My daughter opted for blue tree trunks.

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Paint branches coming out of them.

Fall Road painting tutorial. Step by step instructions on making autumn art - Kid's arts and crafts

Crumple up a piece of craft tissue paper and dab into green, white and other assorted fall colors to make your ground cover. Dab all over the bottom of the canvas, along the sides of the road or where ever else grass should appear.

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Fall Road painting tutorial. Step by step instructions on making autumn art - Kid's arts and crafts

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We used another technique that we used a few weeks back when we made our bundled Q-tip trees. We bundled up our Q-tips for this paint project again because it was such a quick and effective way to make lovely textured trees.

Fall Road painting tutorial. Step by step instructions on making autumn art - Kid's arts and crafts

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I thought that my daughter’s fall road came out amazing. She even went on to paint a couple more paintings.

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She was so proud of each of her fall paintings and asked to hang them in her room. All three of them came out great. I definitely have a artist in the making.

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Fall Road painting tutorial. Step by step instructions on making autumn art - Kid's arts and crafts

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Coiled Fall Trees

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Ok! I am slightly obsessed with fall trees, but why wouldn’t I be? They are beautiful and so fun to make.Yarn Coiled fall and autumn trees with sequins. You can try this with pipe cleaners for the smaller kids. Great for fine motor skills. Check out the pipe cleaner coiled tree made by my 4 year old. Arts & crafts

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As you may know, we love working with yarn and I had an idea for a fall tree craft using yarn. I drew a swirly branched tree onto a piece of construction paper and cut a bunch of small pieces of yarn and coiled them with my fingers to glue around the branches. I thought that this would be a great fine motor activity as well as a pretty craft for my daughter.

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I showed my 4 year old what I was doing. She said “The tree is kind of spooky, but I like it.” She grabbed a piece of yarn and tried to make coils too. She tried a few different ways, but was having difficulty working with the yarn. It was a bit too floppy for her little fingers to work with.

We decided to try a pipe cleaner to see if that would be easier for her to work with and it was.

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She wanted to draw her own tree, but asked for just a little help with her trunk. She drew in her swirly branches with a Sharpie.

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We cut some pipe cleaners in half and then she coiled some more.

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My daughter is big on forming patterns, so she laid out her coils to form a pattern. We scattered sequins around both of our projects for a lovely accent to our trees.

Pipe cleaner coiled fall and autumn trees. Great for fine motor skills. You can try this with yarn too for the bigger kids or adults. Arts & crafts for preschoolers


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Coiled yarn & pipe cleaner trees for the fall and autumn. The pipe cleaners are perfect for younger hands and a great fine motor skill activity. The yarn is better for older kids hands. Arts & crafts for kids.

Sequin Lava Lamp

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Homemade Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids, toddlers & preschoolers

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My daughter loves to help with the dishes. Every chance that she gets she jumps up on her safety stool and washes the dishes with me. She was washing a particularly greasy item the other day & was having a hard time getting it clean. We added more soap to her sponge & discussed how oil & water react with one another.

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We have done simple experiments with oil & water before, but I thought this was a great opportunity to do one of our old favorites. Here’s how.

Find an old 20 oz water bottle. Tear off the label & filled the bottle about 3/4 of the way full with vegetable oil & then pour the water almost to the top. Leave enough space so that the mixture won’t overflow once the lava reaction occurs. You will see the separation between the oil & water in the bottle almost immediately.

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Add a few drops of food coloring to the water & then insert sequins. We wanted to make a fall themed lava lamp, so we used fall colors for ours. Once the sequins settle, add a half a tablet of Alka Seltzer to the bottle to stir it all up.

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My daughter was thrilled to watch the sequins dancing around. She added tablet after tablet of Alka Seltzer to our homemade lava lamp.

Homemade Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids, toddlers & preschoolers

Our homemade lava lamps were fun & pretty to watch.

Homemade Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids, toddlers & preschoolers

Fall sequin lava lamp - science experiments with oil & water for kids

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Toilet Paper Tube Scarecrows

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We began a little fall decorating this weekend. We bought a bale of hay to use both for a fun sensory bin for my daughter & to pretty up our front yard for the season.

Toilet Paper / paper towel roll scarecrows - the tubes make great finger puppets for a fun craft or pretend play. autumn & Halloween arts & crafts for kids

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We placed our hay in our front yard in anticipation of going to a local farm over the weekend for scarecrow making & pumpkin and gourd picking. I told my daughter that we were going to place scarecrows on our bale of hay. She told me that she wanted to make a girl scarecrow and a mama scarecrow. All of the scarecrow talk had me inspired to start making some scarecrows right now.

Cardboard Tube Scarecrows

What you will need:

Cardboard Tube

Acrylic Paint

Egg Carton Sections

Jumbo Craft Sticks

Foam Sheets

Yarn

Buttons

Markers

Low Temp Glue Gun (Use caution when operating any glue gun.)

 

Directions:

Poke a slit on either end of your cardboard roll about 1/3 of the way down. Make it large enough so that the craft stick can slide through.

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Take the stick back out & paint the stick in whatever color you will want your scarecrow’s shirt to be.  Paint about a 1/4 of the tube in a flesh tone. Then paint half of the remainder in the shirt color & then the other half in the pant color. Let the paint dry.

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Paint an egg carton section in whatever color that you want the hat to be & then cut out a wavy circle. Let the paint dry.

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Glue the egg carton piece to the center of the foam shape.

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Crumple up the foam a little so that it has a more natural hat feel.

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Glue strands of yarn to the ends of the craft stick.

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Glue a few strands of yarn over the top of the flesh toned area on the tube & then glue the hat on.

Glue more strands under the head & then glue on buttons. Draw a face on the scarecrow with magic markers.

The tubes fit perfectly over a couple of fingers to make fun puppets.

Toilet Paper / paper towel roll scarecrows - the tubes make great finger puppets for a fun craft or pretend play. autumn & Halloween arts & crafts for kids

We made a mama scarecrow & a little girl one just as my daughter wanted. She had a ton of fun playing with these. These made a wonderful addition to her already amazing imagination for pretend play.

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Egg Carton Stamps

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Nothing quite says fall like all things pumpkin. Everywhere you look, the world is decorated or flavored with pumpkin & I for one love it.
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We already made our first pumpkin pie & will be going to pick some pumpkins week. We even broke out some of our favorite fall books of the season. We recently discovered the book, Too Many Pumpkins It is a wonderful autumn book about a woman who hates pumpkins because it was all that her poor family ate when she was younger. She finds herself with a big problem when a pumpkin fall out of a truck and into her yard & begins to grow a patch. She decides to ignore them, but finds that ends up being harder than she thinks. It is a sweet story with a lovely ending and has become a new favorite of ours.

All those pumpkins inspired us to make too many pumpkins of our own.

We love making paint stamps out of different materials. Also, check out our potato stamped jack-o-lanterns. While painting some egg carton pieces for a project the other day, we discovered that they also make great paint stamps. We made pumpkin stamps out of our egg carton pieces. Here’s how.

You will need:

Egg cartons

Orange acrylic paint

White paper

Brown & green markers

Egg cartons come in different shapes, some round, some more diamond-shaped. We cut a few different shapes of egg carton and tried them out.

My daughter squeezed orange paint out onto a paper plate. I spread the paint out across it to make for easier stamping.

We simply dipped the egg cartons into the paint & then pressed them firmly onto a piece of paper. Just like with any stamping project, if you do not press firmly, the stamp will not show up. Our first egg cartons, we cut so they were nice and evenly cut, but we learned that they  are easier to use if you leave the spiky part attached.

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We tried both round and diamond-shaped egg carton pieces. The round looked more authentic, but did not stamp as nicely. When we were done stamping we used our markers to draw in the stems & vines to finish off our cute little pumpkins.

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egg carton pumpkin printing stamps - fall autumn halloween arts and crafts paint projects for kids

These were so simple & made an adorable pumpkin patch.

egg carton pumpkin printing stamps - fall autumn halloween arts and crafts paint projects for kids

Check out some of these wonderful pumpkin themed books as a companion to your craft.

 

 

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