One of Bart’s favorite things about fall is dodging falling leaves as he flies around at night. He thinks it’s really fun to twist and turn around each one especially since the wind moves them through the air in such silly ways. He decided it would be extra fun to celebrate falling leaves in a special way. He made a mobile that let leaves with special messages flutter in the breeze and never fall to the ground! He made one to show you so you can make your own! Here’s how:
What you need:
A branch that you can attach your leaves to later and hang up
Clear contact paper
Construction paper or craft paper
What you do:
1) Peal a piece of clear contact paper away from the backing and lay it sticky side up on the table.
2) Arrange your colorful leaves so that the fronts are pressed down on the sticky contact paper and there is plenty of room around each one.
3) Put a piece of construction paper that is slightly larger on top of the leaves and press it down so it sticks to the contact paper around the leaves.
4) Flip the whole sheet over and trace around the edges of the leaves with your finger. Press down firmly to make sure the contact paper and construction paper stick together well around each leaf.
5) Have a big person help you cut around each leaf so you have a border of construction paper showing the whole way around.
6) Flip each leaf over so the paper side is up. Write something that you like about fall on each leaf.
7) Tape fishing line to the back of each leaf and then tie the leaf onto the branch.
8) Hang the whole thing up where the leaves can flutter!
Bart is planning to give each member of his class a leaf tonight at school. That way everyone can write their own favorite thing about fall on the paper side of the leaf and hang it where they want on the branch! He thinks it will be a wonderful way for everyone to do something special together. Mother Bat mentioned how great this project would make the classroom look too!
He might not be big enough to run hungry crows out of a garden, but this little scarecrow is just the right size to guard the page of your favorite bedtime story! Fiddlebug’s friend Penelope the groundhog made one just like this in school the other day and sent it to Fiddlebug. The little dragon likes it so much he wanted to share it with all of you!
Have fun making one for yourself and one to give to someone special!
What you need:
One large craft stick
School glue or a glue stick
Twine or yarn
What you do:
1) Cut a pair of pants or a skirt for your scarecrow out of the construction paper.
2) Cut a shirt out of a different color of construction paper to go with the pants.
3) Cut a triangle hat out for your scarecrow to wear.
3) Glue the pants/skirt and shirt together at the waist.
4) Glue a fringe of yarn or twine to the cuffs of the pants and the bottom of the shirt sleeves. Also add a fringe of twine or yarn to the bottom edge of the hat so it looks like scarecrow hair.
5) Glue your outfit onto the craft stick leaving enough of the stick poking out of the top of the shirt to be the scarecrow’s head.
6) Glue the hat onto the top of the craft stick leaving enough room to draw a face on the craft stick between the hat and the neck of the shirt.
7) Let your scarecrow dry.
8) Draw a face on your scarecrow using your washable markers. You can also add decorations like buttons or pockets to your scarecrow’s clothes with the markers.
9) Don’t forget to give your scarecrow a name before you set him to guard your story! Fiddlebug named his Alonzo!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!