October Pumpkin Preschool Theme Crafts

October 27, 2008 · Filed Under Kids Crafts, Preschool Lesson Plans & Themes · Comments Off on October Pumpkin Preschool Theme Crafts 

by Aunt B

Copyright 2004-2006 Story Soup Kids, a division of Enchanted Corner

Pumpkin Crafts for Kids

Easy Pumpkin Painting

Pumpkin Mosaic Seed Pictures

Items You Need:
Pumpkin Seeds (clean)
Tempera paint , dark colors work best
Paint brush
Zip Lock bag
Paper towels
Thick paper/poster board
Wax paper

What You Do:

Put the seeds into a zip lock bag, squirt some paint on the seeds and mix the paint around until all seeds are covered in paint. Do this for as many colors as you need/want.

Spread the seeds out on wax paper and let dry.

While they are waiting for the seeds to dry, your child can draw a picture onto his/her poster paper. Some ideas include masks, fish or wild designs.

You can also take a very basic coloring book and trace a picture from it on to your poster paper. (You can use carbon paper to trace w/)

Remind your child to keep it simple, remember, they will be “coloring in” with seeds.

When the seeds are dry, they can be arranged and glued onto the poster paper in the appropriate areas.

You can always use dried beans, lentils, popcorn or other types of seeds for this project, you don’t need to use pumpkin seeds. In fact, if you use dried beans, you can leave them in their natural colorful state (black eyed peas, red kidney beans etc).

Pumpkin Patch Craft

Items you will need:

Paper lunch bags
Orange Paint
Green Paint
Paint Brushes
Rubber Bands
Green Paper Ribbon

What you will need to do…

Lay out some of your newspaper to protect your table. Stuff your paper lunch bags w/ newspaper. I recommend that you ball up ONE piece at a time of newspaper. It will fill your bag faster and it will look nicer. Once your bag is full close the bag off w/ a rubber band. Next you are going to paint the paper bag from the rubber band down orange and from the rubber band up (should only be a small bit) green for the stem. Repeat this until you have all the pumpkins you want in your patch. Once all the paint is dry, take your paper ribbon as seen above and wrap it around the tops of the pumpkins you will have one long vine if you wrap and move to the next and wrap it around. This will give you the pumpkin patch look.

Additional if you feel like it.

Take fun foam and cut out leaf shapes and add them to your vine w/ tape. Glue will not keep them due to the weight of it along w/ the paper ribbons texture.

Recommended Pumpkin Book Fun

Pumpkins: A Story for a Field
Written by: Mary Lyn Ray
Summary: A fanciful story about a man’s love for a field and the crop of bright, orange, bumpy pumpkins that he cultivates and sells to save it. A story time favorite that really speaks to one’s imagination and is sure to capture yours.

Pumpkin Soup
Written by: Helen Cooper
Summary: A squirrel, a duck, and a cat happily cook and coexist ‘deep in the woods in an old white cabin’ until the duck starts to question things. things like why does he always have to add the salt to the soup, but he never gets to stir. Beautiful illustrations add to this original tale of friendship, sharing, and oh yes pumpkin soup. There is a great recipe in the back of the book.

Apples and Pumpkins
Written by: Anne Rockwell
Summary: Visit Comstock Farm with a little girl and her parents to pick apples, pumpkins, and enjoy some delicious apple cider. A perfect choice for a Fall story-time that all your listeners are sure to enjoy.

Pumpkin Cooking with Kids

Pumpkin Pudding

Ingredients (per single serving):
1 cup vanilla pudding
2 teaspoons Libby’s easy pumpkin pie mix

Measure out and place one cup of vanilla pudding into bowl. Next, add 2 teaspoons pie mix to the bowl. Mix well and enjoy!

Pumpkin Activity

Purchase a Pumpkin, have your child use a sharpie marker to draw a face on it. Talk about the bumps in the pumpkin and the stem. Talk about what a face is made up of, eyes, nose, mouth could even include ears. Once this is done, use that same pumpkin to carve up. You can continue to use this pumpkin either for display or you can continue to carve it up and steam the pieces. Once you steam them you can peel the skin off and use the pumpkin for recipes. Save the seeds to make toasted pumpkin seeds.

Leaf Preschool Theme Crafts

October 27, 2008 · Filed Under Kids Crafts, Preschool Lesson Plans & Themes · Comments Off on Leaf Preschool Theme Crafts 

by Aunt B

Copyright 2004-2006 Story Soup Kids, a division of Enchanted Corner

Kids Leaf Crafts

Fall Tree Craft

Items you will need:
Fall color Paints
White paper
Paint Brushes

What to do:

Paint your child’s arm and hand from the elbow to the fingers, brown. Place the print of the arm/hand on your white paper. Next take and use your fingers to dip into the other paints and make finger prints on the tree as leaves. You can also do this w/ using hands if your child has small hands.

Optional: If you have more then one child you can use the older child’s arm for the tree trunk and the younger child’s hands for the leaves. This makes a great picture.

Leaf People

Items you will need:
Construction paper

What to do:
Have the children glue a leaf on a piece of paper, and draw legs, arms, and a head to create a person.

Recommended Leaf Books to Read

Autumn Leaves

Author: Ken Robbins
Summary: This book is all about the colors of leaves.
Age Range: 3 to 6 years old

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Summary: Discover the life cycle of the maple tree by following its changes throughout the year through the eyes of a child. Brilliant bold illustrations will captive you.
Written by: Lois Ehlert

The Giving Tree
Summary A moving story about a boy’s relationship with a tree that gives everything it has to him as he grows from a child into an old man.
Written by: Shel Silverstein

Kidz Leaf Cooking

Leaf Piles


6 cups cornflakes
1 cup karo syrup
1 cup peanut butter.
You will also need some Wax paper to lay your leaf piles on.

In a microwave melt the karo and peanut butter together. Pour over the cornflakes and place them in piles on wax paper. Let them cool and dry.

Leaf Activity

Go on a nature walk. Take along a bag to place leaves in. Pick up leaves of all sizes, shapes and color. When you get home take a closer look at them. Write a down what you see or write a story about how the leaves fell to the ground.

Apple Preschool Theme Crafts

October 27, 2008 · Filed Under Kids Crafts, Preschool Lesson Plans & Themes · Comments Off on Apple Preschool Theme Crafts 

by Aunt B

Copyright 2004-2006 Story Soup Kids, a division of Enchanted Corner

Kids Apple Crafts

Apple Printing Fun

Items you will need:
Knife (parent will use)
White Paint
Red Paint
Paint Brush
Paper color of choice.

What you will need to do:
Cut apples in half. Cut one at half starting at the core and cut the other in half starting at the middle of the apple. Each way to cut it give you a different pattern. For younger kidz you can just let them dip their apple into the paint and make apple prints. Older kidz can take a paint brush and paint white in the middle of the apple then outline the edge in red paint. When you make a print it will show the red skin on the apple. When you are done making your prints you can glue the seeds you got out of your apples on to the apple prints. Then your apple will look real.

Old Lady Apple Fun

Items you will need:

Butter knife or popsicle stick will work too.
Lemon Juice

What you will need to do…

You peel the apple and then with a knife cut the facial features (nose, eyes, mouth, etc.). Then the apple gets coated with a wash of lemon juice and water (so it doesn’t get dark brown). Then let air dry to shrivel and shrink to their each individual face.

Recommended Apple Books to Read

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Dragonfly Books)

Written by: Marjorie Priceman
Summery : Travel around the world in a whimsical way to gather all the ingredients for the perfect apple pie! A delightful and zany story you are sure to enjoy.

Ten Apples Up on Top!
Written by : Theo LeSieg
Summary: Get ready to count along with a lion and a dog as they spin through the pages of this story juggling apples and balancing them on their head!

What’s So Terrible about Swallowing an Apple Seed?
Written by : Harriet Lerner
Summary: When Rosie accidentally swallows an apple seed, her big sister Katie tells her that before long apple tree branches will bloom right out of her ears. Soon Rosie is imagining both the hazards and delights of having branches growing from her ears, and Katie is learning how fast a little white lie can grow.

Apple Cooking with Kids

PINK Applesauce in the Crock Pot

10 Apples (any kind) peeled and cored.
1 Cups Sugar (More or less to taste to your preference)
1/4 Cup Red Hots

Turn on crock pot while you peel and core apples. Add the apple slices to the HOT crock-pot. Once the apples are soft mash them and add the sugar and cinnamon candies. Stir.

It takes about 3 hours to cook on HIGH. Makes around 5 cups. As always, some kids LOVE it and some kids don’t. Either way, your house will smell great ALL day!!

Apple Activity

Go to your local produce stand or produce department at the grocery store. Buy 1 of every kind of apple they have. You can take paper and pencil and do charting skills. Chart how many are green, red, or yellow. How many are big, medium or small, How many are with stems how many are with out. Use your imagination you can “chart” just about anything. Save your apples for rest of the week.

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