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Make bird feeders by covering pinecones with peanutbutter, then rolling in birdseed.
Make paper plate masks by cutting eye holes. Then have the children decorate them with markers, paints, yarn, paper, glitter, etc. to be any animal or creature they want.
Make brown bag masks by cutting eye holes, and cutting out a place for each arm on the sides. Children can decorate to be anything they want
Make newspaper hats. Fold a section of newspaper in half. Fold down each top corner to the middle, forming two triangles. Roll and tape up along the bottom edges. Have the children decorate them.
Have your children paint while listening to different kinds of music.
Gather fresh leaves together. Have the children paint one side, then print that side down on paper.
Homemade Face Paint
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cold cream
1/2 teaspoon water
Food coloring
Mix the cornstarch and the cold cream together. Add the water and stir. Add the food coloring one drop at a time until it is the shade you want. Do this for each color that you want. Paint on the child's face with a small paintbrush. Store in an airtight container.
Make a collage of Autumn leaves by gluing them onto paper.
Put a piece of paper over leaves, rub with a crayon held sideways for a leaf rubbing.
Put Autumn leaves between two pieces of wax paper. Put this between brown bags. Have adult iron on a very low temp. to melt wax paper together. Make a construction paper frame. Hang in a window.
Have the children sprinkle crayon shavings between two pieces of wax paper. Put this between two brown bags. Have an adult iron on a very low temp. to melt wax paper together. Make a construction paper frame. Hang in window.
Have the children find interesting rocks or shells. They can paint them and glue on glitter.
Go for a nature walk. Have each child carry a brown lunch bag. Have them fill with interesting twigs, leaves, small pinecones, etc. At home, glue onto heavy paper or cardboard for a collage.
Lay outside on a blanket and watch the clouds. Look for shapes.
Put four toothpicks sticking halfway out of the middle of a sweet potato. Set toothpicks in a jar with water so that half of the potato is in the water. Put in a sunny window. Leaves and roots will grow. Change the water from time to time.
Have the children plant grass seed in a paper cup of potting soil. Put in a window sill and water frequently. Children can draw pictures every few days to chart it's progress.
Put pocorn kernels (unpopped) in a zipper top baggie with a moist paper towel. Close carefully. Tape to a sunny window and the popcorn will grow.
Make macaroni necklaces. Wrap a piece of tape around string or yarn. Have the children string on uncooked pasta. They can paint the pasta with tempra paints. You can also color the macaroni before stringing it. Put 3 Tablespoons of water and food coloring in a mayo jar. Put in Macaroni. Take out with a slotted spoon, and dry it on newspaper.
Have the children paint their hands and make handprints on paper.
Do circle dances such as the Hokey Pokey, Ring around the Rosie, and Skip to My Lou.
Put a long paper on the floor. Carefully have the children step in paint, then walk on paper while hollding a grown-ups hand. At the end of the paper, have them wash their feet in a bucket of water. Have towels on hand. This makes it look like they left their footprints in the sand on a beach.
Make stepping stones. Mix up cement according to instructions on package. Get round plastic drip pans for plants. Fill with cement. let dry a little bit. Have children put their hand print and initials into the cement. Have them wash their hands right away. Let dry. Peel stepping stone out of plastic, and put out into the garden.
An excellent book for Wiccan crafts to do with your children is "Spell Crafts, Creating Magical Objects" by Scott Cunnigham and David Harrington
For more crafts and recipes: Family Fun Magazine web site

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