Leaf Friends ~ Fall Leaf Rubbing Fun

Leaf Rubbing Craft ~ Make Leaf Friends with Leaf Rubbings

Recently we shared our Leaf Rubbing Family Tree which was launched from our leaf rubbing science project.  Not only did we make a family tree, we made a bunch of leaf friends to play games with and use as decorations! 

Leaf rubbing is a great skill to develop fine motor muscles in tiny hands but it can get frustrating for some kids.  Assist as needed to keep things fun while allowing your child to do as much independently as possible! Add a little face with a marker and you easily have a leaf friend.  A simple project for even young tots and preschoolers!

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Honestly the process is just so fun and simple, once we got going it was hard to stop!  We made a bunch of leaf twins to mix and match together.  This would be a great Tot School activity for younger children.  Matching skills, color ID, and tons of fun!

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Best of all, our leaf friends are cute fall crafts and we ended up laminating them to keep as decorations for fall! I wish I had thought to make these years ago!

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Acorn Friends ~ Fall Craft for Kids

Acorn Friends Craft for Kids

One morning last week I was out running errands for hours.  I came home expecting to find my husband studying in his office {he is in grad school full time right now}, but instead found these adorable acorn friends on my dining room table!

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I looked down and saw this huge bucket filed with acorns from our yard and just smiled.  What a great Daddy!

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He showed me how they were making them, using a skewer to poke holes for the legs and arms, and a stand to make them prop up.

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Pipe cleaners, Sharpies and googly eyes…

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One VERY happy daughter hard at work on her next acorn friend.

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I admired the collection and noticed they had made a few minions. How cute!

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They continued on for awhile and now we have an awesome collection of little fall craft friends to play with and set out during the fall season!

Have acorns? Make your own Acorn Friends!

  1. send your kids out to gather acorns, this is loads of fun by itself!
  2. poke holes in the acorn where you want holes, use something sharp like a skewer {adult job}
  3. cut pipe cleaners for arms, legs, and a stand
  4. carefully push pipe cleaners into tiny holes {my daughter was able to do this}
  5. color acorn with Sharpies as desired, add eyes and whatever else you desire
  6. Admire the cuteness!

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Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards ~ Fall Fun Theme

Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards feature a simple photograph on the front, with word ideas on the back.  You can see more about why they were created and how we use them here in our original post!

Free Fall Story Starter Photo Cards

 

We have a brand new FALL FUN set for you today, with 12 different photographs. Six of the photographs are of people in fall, and the other 6 are all funny squirrels and a chipmunk. We haven’t used these yet, but I wanted to share them since it is fall for much of the world right now!

Below you can see the photographs included in this set, there are matching word idea cards for each photo also! If you look you’ll see my boys in a few of the photos!

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See a video walk through here showing you how we use and organize our cards, and the extra printables we use alongside of them.

We have more themes coming and many will be released here on my blog for FREE.  I am also listing sets in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.  Be sure to subscribe to our blog posts so you don’t miss any of our free printables!

Have a theme idea for a set? Leave me a comment!

Download your free Fall Fun Story Starters here!

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The printables shown below were were created to go along with our story starters! 

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Grab our other Story Starters…

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Looking for more FALL fun?

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Fall Leaves Many Ways ~ Fun Fall Leaf Art

Fun Fall Art ~ Fall leaves Many Ways

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We recently enjoyed an intense crafty session creating fall leaves using many different methods! I would have only attempted one of these per day when my children were younger, maybe even 1 per season!  Now that she is 6 and loves this {and is MUCH easier}, we tend to do more! Fall leaf art time was definitely FUN for us!

I gave her several options to create many different fall colored leaves and let her choose! We used her big blue MessMatz {we got on Zulily} and our colored plastic trays {from Oriental Trading}. I printed a variety of leaves from our Fall Leaves Coloring Pages, all on cardstock.

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Grab your free fall leaf printables here!

Fall Leaves and Trees Coloring Pages

 

Her first choice was glitter glue.  I got these at Target in the Dollar Spot last year, and pulled out the fall colors for her. My idea was for her to outline the leaves with the glitter glue, her idea was to use it more like paint and smear it around.

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Her next choice was my very favorite ~ shaving cream paint!

First, squirt some shaving cream on a tray, then drizzle paint on top as shown below.  Use a stick to swirl paint around gently.

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Lightly press your paper on top of the mixture and pat it. 

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Let the paper sit for about a minute and then use a squeegee to pull the shaving cream off to show the beautiful paint underneath!

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See our video peek inside of this project and how we did it, as well as the others in this post!

Fall Leaf Art

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Next up was marble painting!  First, I challenged her to try to do it on this tray, which she could totally do but didn’t want to focus so much!

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In the past we have used a cardboard box, but this time we used a clear plastic box and washed it afterward.  Be sure to tape the paper down before you do this.Then add drops of paint and put a marble in.  It’s a fun game trying to get the marble into the paint and onto the paper!

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She got the leaf so paint-y, I couldn’t even see the lines so I just cut out a leaf shape!

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She loved sponge painting! We have small cut up sponges that we use for water play and painting. 

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She hasn’t done tissue paper art like this in a very long time!  The last time I remember doing it was here! Make a mixture of water and white glue {basically water down the glue a bit}.  Use a paint brush to brush the glue onto the paper and then lay colored pieces of tissue paper on top.  Paint over again to seal any loose edges.

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Finally, Q-Tip Art!  She really enjoyed this a lot!

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Here’s a video peek at how we made the shaving cream and tissue painted leaves!

 

 

We let all of her pieces dry overnight, some were really damp so they took awhile!

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We laminated them since we decided to make calendar cards with them!

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I used a dry erase marker to write on the leaves, so if she decides to use them for something else next year, we can!

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Fall Leaves and Trees Coloring Printables

Free Fall Leaves and Trees Coloring Pages

We have a brand new set of Fall Leaves and Trees Coloring printables for you!

The idea behind “Just Color!” is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

If you want to make a mini coloring book, you can scale down PDF files, like we did as you can see below! 

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I prepped the little owl coloring book for my daughter by scaling down to 2 per page.  I then trimmed around the edges, leaving extra space at the top.  I punched holes and attached with metal rings rather than staples.  She likes to take the pages off as she works on them, and this keeps them nice!

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Here’s a peek at the different coloring pages in this free printable set!

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Download the Fall Leaves & Trees coloring printables and more here!

Look for this graphic and click to download!

Fall Leaves and Trees Coloring Pages

 

If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here.

 

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Fall Leaf Coloring Pages