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Fall is my favorite time of year! From the plethora of autumn hues gracing my yard to the hayrides and endless pumpkin possibilities, September to November is definitely my favorite season.
What I love most about this season are the countless opportunities to make memories. I love to journal about our trips to the pumpkin patch and neighborhood excursions in search of the best fall leaves. This year I came up with a way for my daughter to join in by recording her favorite things about fall in her very own Fall Book made from a medium sized sketchbook. You can make one of these for every season! This is a great fall project for younger kids who can’t write yet but love to do arts and crafts. Here are some ideas to get you started on your Fall Book:
You will need:
1 unripe (non-juicy) tomato
1 stick of celery
Any other fruits or veggies you like such as corn on the cob or squash
Various Paint Colors
Cut the apple and tomato in half and stick a Popsicle stick through the skin. This makes it easier for little hands to handle since the tomato and apple can be slippery. Paint the flat side of the apple and tomato with a thin layer of paint and stamp it down onto a page in your book.
For the celery, paint a thin layer of green paint on the bottom end and stamp. This one turns out neat because it looks like a “C”” and “C” is for Celery.
For the carrot, we painted one side with orange paint and rolled it onto our paper. My daughter added green leaves with a crayon.
Use a different page for each item and label them accordingly. My daughter loves looking at her Harvest Stamps and telling all about the yummy fruits and veggies we harvested (or were blessed with) this year.
You will need:
A variety of leaves from various trees and plants
A piece of cardboard the same size as your sketchbook
Crayons with the paper taken off
Place a leaf between your piece of cardboard and a page of your sketchbook with the cardboard on the bottom and paper on the top. Hold everything in place by clipping one clothespin at the top and one at the bottom of your “leaf sandwich”. Rub from side to side across the leaf with an unwrapped crayon, keeping the crayon flat against your paper as your rub. Label each page with the name of the plant or tree the leaf came from.
Journal entries about fall activities (for older children)
Use your book as a scrapbook, pasting in photos, ticket stubs, and other keepsakes throughout the season.
If you have a lot of pages leftover, no problem! Continue to add to your book year after year. Create one for each season and watch how you child’s creativity changes through the years and seasons!
How about you? What do you love most about the fall and why?
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