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Popcorn Fall Tree Craft

fall popcorn trees

Everybody loves the beauty of fall leaves. Happily, there are many wonderful books written on this subject for preschoolers. One of my favorites is Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson. The story tells of Mouse and his sister Minka’s journey outside on a cool fall day. They discover leaves of all colors and all shapes and sizes. Mouse learns about all the different experiences the fall season can bring.

fall popcorn trees

After listening to the book, my class is always excited to make their own fall trees. Each child is provided with a tree trunk that has been glued onto a piece of paper and a variety of colored popcorn. The popcorn is colored beforehand with powder tempera paint. The easiest method is to put the paint in a baggie, add the popcorn, and then shake it up until it’s coated. I only had orange, red, and yellow, but purple, green, and brown also make beautiful trees. I then prompt the children to glue their “leaves” onto the tree. This activity encourages creative expression, provides color recognition practice, and strengthens fine motor skills.

fall popcorn trees

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Popcorn
Ziploc Storage Bags Gallon, 75 Count
– Powder tempera paint ( I only had orange, red and yellow, but purple, green, and brown also make beautiful trees).
– Glue
– Scissors
– Our free tree template



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Spooky Pumpkin Collages

spooky pumpkin collages

Collages are an open-ended activity where children can be creative with just about anything. These Halloween pumpkin collages are made from materials other than paper. I provided small scraps of fabric, felt, ribbon, and other goodies. Use your imagination and look through your art supplies for a variety of things that can be glued.

It is best when children are able to use the items they select to decorate their pumpkins as they see fit. Some young learners will cover their entire pieces; other will not. Some may use only one color, while others may enjoy using and mixing all of the elements.

spooky pumpkin collages

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Glue
– Scissors
– Our free printable pumpkin template
Fabric scraps
– Feathers
– Pom poms
Buttons
Foam stickers
– Acrylic craft jewels
Faux fall leaves
– Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
– Crinkle cut paper

spooky pumpkin collages



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Free Apple Tracing Sheets

free apple tracing packet

These worms are hungry and need help getting to their apples. These free apple tracing sheets make fine motor practice fun!

This packet includes 5 skills sheets:

– Straight lines (1)
– Big hills (1)
– Small hills (1)
– Zigzag lines (1)
– Combination of lines – all 4 above (1)

Encourage children to take their time while tracing and to keep their crayon or pencil on the “ants”. Pre-k children should be working on their pencil grips (tripod grasps) during this activity.

download Download the Free Apple Tracing Packet. Happy tracing!



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Fall/Autumn Math and Literacy Activities

Fall/Autumn Math and Literacy Activities

Hooray for fall fun! This Fall/Autumn Math and Literacy Activities pack contains printable activities that practice the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Number order
– Measurement (non-standard)
– Upper and lowercase letter recognition
– Beginning sounds
– Visual discrimination
– Following directions

MEASURING CARDS (8)

Fall/Autumn Math and Literacy Activities

We used Unifix Cubes, but any small manipulative will do. Students will work to see how many cubes long the items are. Be sure to discuss which are shorter and which were longer, and which items were the same length. Such a wonderful form of non-standard measurement!

BINGO MATS (4) AND BINGO CARDS (25 ITEMS)

Fall/Autumn Math and Literacy Activities

Print these cards out on cardstock and laminate for heavy use. Provide a small manipulative for children to use as bingo markers. Five in a row (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) equals BINGO!

WORKSHEETS (7)

Fall/Autumn Math and Literacy Activities

With these eye-catching worksheets, young learners will color a scarecrow by numbers, sequence numbered pumpkins, work to recognize numbers 1-10, work to recognize upper and lowercase letters, and determine the beginning sounds of some fun fall items.

downloadGet this Fall/Autumn Math and Literacy Activities Pack.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our new Halloween Math and Literacy Activities, as well. So much fun!



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