- Paper Bag Pumpkin - You'll need a lunch sized paper bag, old newspaper, markers / crayons / paint, and glue. Using crayons or markers decorate the bag to look like a pumpkin or jack-o-lantern. If you are using paint you'll want to stuff the bag first. Stuff the bag about 3/4 way with scrunched up newspaper. Twist the top of the bag tightly as possible to form the stem. Using a foam brush coat stem with a "wash" of glue and let dry. We actually just got our hands in the glue and worked it into the stem which works great too! If you've painted the pumpkin, let it dry thoroughly and then you can add details later.
- Leaf Book - What can you do with those leaves the children have collected? Using clear contact paper they can make their own leaf book! We collected a variety of leaves and then researched what trees they were from so that we could label them in our book. Make sure all the leaves are dry before sealing them between sheets of clear contact paper along with the name of the tree it came from or any other details. This is a great time to include story telling. If the children a non-writers they can dictate their story to you to be included in their book. The children finished their books with their own colored drawing for the cover and made a back cover. All sheets were cut to fit into the book - you can vary the size as you see fit - and then using a whole punch and a hinged metal book ring the book comes together. You can get the book rings at your local craft or office supply store.
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