I absolutely love this time of year. The weather changes from stifling to comfortable, beautiful leaves are everywhere, and Halloween is right around the corner. We’ve been having fun celebrating our favorite things about this fall season through art around our house. Sometimes these little projects can get me stressed out, but these were all so easy and fun to do. The best part is that it required no shopping on my part…everything used was found around the house.
1. Leaf Stamps
Pictured in the bottom right corner. You simply gather some fall leaves off the ground, push them onto stamp pads, and use them as you would a stamp on regular paper. You can experiment with pushing all the entire thing down against your paper or only parts.
2. Leaf Stamp Negatives
Pictured in the top left corner. You’ll need the same supplies as last time. This time, set your leaves on the paper. Hold them in place as you use the ink pad as a stamp itself, covering the entire leaf and a good amount of area outside of it. When you’re done, remove the leaf and you’re left with a negative!
3. Rubber Ducky Painting
To make it, child just fingerpainted a piece of regular old paper yellow. I waited for it to dry, then brought up a picture of a rubber duck drawing on my computer. Printed it out, traced it onto the yellow-painted paper, cut it out. Then I drew on an eye and wing with oil pastel and the little one helped glue on an orange beak made from some cardstock scraps.
4. The Itsy-Bitsy Spider
This one was the most involved, but turned out super cute. It was something we could keep coming back to so we could keep talking about it and really scaffolded our spider knowledge and sequencing skills. First, we got a black ink pad and did hand prints facing opposite directions on some lighter paper. Then I cut those out. I got out some glitter glue and little one helped me make it into a “web.” (It looked more realistic in my head, but at least PART of this project had to be child-led!) When that was dry, we glued on the hand prints. The eyes are white pieces of paper with black fingerprints for the pupils. We used a piece of yarn for the spider silk that the arachnid is hanging off of, and red oil pastel for the mouth.