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!

Acorn Minion Craft

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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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

We had loads of fun creating many different kinds of fall leaves, and then made calendar cards out of the small ones!! I would have never attempted this big of a crafty mess all at once when my kids were younger, but now it is totally doable! **BLOG POST with more photos & details ~**See more VIDEOS on our YOUTUBE Channel ~**SUBSCRIBE to our blog posts ~

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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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See more Fall ideas here on our Pinterest board!

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Rainbow Crafts for Tots and Preschoolers

Rainbow Crafts for Tots and Preschoolers

We have enjoyed several fun rainbow crafts over the years and I am pulling them all together in this post for you!  These crafts were all done with my daughter when she was a tot, and honestly we might do some of them again this year! She was almost three in all of these photos. You can see the original Rainbow Theme Tot School post here!


Marble Painted Rainbow

Use our rainbow template {included within our Rainbow Tot Pack} or draw one of your own. We printed ours on white cardstock.  Use a cardboard box the size of the paper or tape the edges of the paper to the bottom of the box so it will stay in place.  Use a marble to roll around the box.  We add squeezes of rainbow colors as we go.  It’s a GREAT motor skills activity for young kids to try to move the marble where they want it to go!

Marble Painted Rainbow Craft

Remove the paper from the box and let dry.

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Cut out your rainbow shape!

Marble Painted Rainbow Craft




Rainbow Cloud

Every early childhood teacher has seen this rainbow craft for sure.  But just in case you’ve missed it, here’s one of our old favorites, the rainbow cloud. Pre-cut strips of rainbow colored construction paper and a white cloud.  Let your child help you as able, to glue the strips to the cloud.

Rainbow Cloud Craft

Smear white glue on the cloud and add cotton balls! All done! I still remember Ladybug freaking out over the glue and cotton ball experience and also insisting that the blue piece be in the middle instead of the proper order!

Rainbow Cloud Craft



Rainbow Chain

This is also an oldie, but so simple and fun for tots.  Pre-cut the rainbow color strips of paper for your tot, then work together linking them together!  She LOVED this, and it was so easy!

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

When my daughter was a toddler she loved the song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, we sang it every night. In honor of this love I created a Rainbow Tot Pack and included a song printable and props to use with the song.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Craft


I premade the song props by printing, laminating, cutting out, and taping to colored craft sticks.

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I then precut rainbow colored pipe cleaners and got a small piece of foam. My daughter helped me build the rainbow and we used it while we sang the song!

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Perler Bead Alphabet

It’s no secret we love Perler Beads around here.  All three of my kids love creating and then playing with their creations.  We have numerous hand made Perler Bead toys! We have recently added a Perler Bead Alphabet set to our collection!

Perler Bead ABCs

Recently my kids got out our alphabet tray and began making the letters in their names. I suddenly realized how fun a set of letters would be for word work and asked them to make me a full set, with extras for vowels and common letters!

This is the tray we used, you can buy it on Amazon, we got ours at Michaels I think.

Perler Bead ABC Tray


I let them design the letters however they wanted, and we have used them almost everyday since they were created!

Perler Bead ABCs

We have already used our new ABCs during our home Kindergarten learning a lot! Making words is much more fun when you helped make the letters yourself!

Here’s a peek at our letters in action ~

Instead of circling, we’ve been using them on our Logic of English worksheets. Below she was identifying the middle sound.

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We’ve also been using them with our word family work!

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There’s also a printable template on the Perler Bead website if you have square templates and want to make bigger ABCs.  You can also easily freehand the letters!


Make Your OWN Perler Bead Alphabet

Want more fun ABC ideas?  Check out our ABC Ideas Pinterest Board!

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Christmas Crafts for Preschoolers

Christmas Crafts for Preschoolers

This year I planned crafts for my girl since she loves crafts! She is very picky, however, so I chose carefully.  I used my Christmas Pinterest board and let her choose what looked fun to her.  I know better than to just pick what I think she will like.  I had tons of reindeer crafts pinned since she LOVES reindeer, but to my surprise, she had zero interest in any reindeer crafts!

Many of these ideas came from other blogs and the original idea is linked in the title of the craft, so be sure to visit the blog I got the idea from to see more inspiration for the craft!

~ Paper Christmas Tree ~

I had old scrapbook paper and cut up a huge pile for my kids to create trees with!  I helped Ladybug one by one as we measured together and trimmed the edges.

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She chose to used stickers for her ornaments.

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I am so glad we did this, it turned out so cute and she had a blast making it!

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~ Bead Wreath ~

My girl loves beads so I thought this would be a great day.  I was wrong.  It took her awhile to get into this craft, but once she did, she loved it.

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~ Name in Lights ~

This is an old idea from back in my Kindergarten teaching days!  Would you believe she even used leftover lights from my Christmas box that I used when I taught K over 10 years ago. They are just colored light pieces, and black rectangle pieces stapled with a loop at the top for stringing.  All shapes were cut free hand out of construction paper.

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She chose to use only pink, purple and red ~ her favorite colors. She wrote the letters of her name and then I helped her string them on in the correct order.

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She insisted it was a necklace and had me tie it up so she could put it on!

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~ Bead Candy Canes ~

We have made versions of these before, this year we added Perler Beads to the options, she loved that!

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She chose the colors, which is why we have a glittery purple pipe cleaner. 

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We trimmed the final candy canes down to the size she wanted, and hung them on our tree!

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See more of the crafts I let her choose from pinned to my Christmas Theme Board!

Christmas Theme Pinterest Board