Need some new fun fall themed crafts for your classroom? In this article I am going to describe a craft suitable for children ages 1 year and older.
1. Roll of paper or Poster board
2. Brown construction paper
3. Washable paint or stamp pads in “fall” colors (i.e. orange, yellow, red, brown etc.)
This is a great craft for the whole class, including teachers, to do together. When doing the activity with younger children it is easier to break them up into smaller groups, as finger painting can get very messy very quickly!
The first step to the craft is for each teacher to draw a tree trunk on the brown construction paper. In order to do this the teacher will trace her arm for the trunk and her hands for the branches. Once you have traced your tree cut it out and glue it onto the paper roll.
Once the glue has dried it is time to make leafs for the tree. Pour the different colors of paint in a thin layer on paper plates. Let each child dip their fingers in the color of their choice. Tell them their fingerprints are going to be leafs on the class tree and let them place them where they please. Depending on how many children you have in your class, figure out how many times they should put their fingerprints.
As each child makes their fingerprints the teachers should write the child’s name underneath. When the whole tree is completed you will have a great piece of art to display in your classroom!
While doing this craft you can talk about:
1. The different seasons
2. Why leafs change colors
3. Fingerprints and how all fingerprints are unique
If you are working with an older group of children you can let them make individual trees. Allow them to trace their own hands and if old enough cut out the shape as well. You can also let them use all of the colors instead of limiting them to one choice.
For more crafts to do with your preschool class click here