Making Fall Memories

As a single mom I’m always trying to find fun things to do with my daughter on a very limited budget. Fall is the perfect time to get outside. Nature walks are fun and educational. Let your little ones collect leaves and pine cones and other things they find. When you get home you can research the leaves on the internet and find out what kind of leaves they are and find some fun facts about that type of tree. Once you are finished learning all you can about your find let the kids make a collage with the treasures … Continue reading

Fall Crafts For Kids

Once the days start getting shorter and there is a chill in the air the kids will be spending more time inside. It only takes a day or two for them to get bored of their toys and TV and start saying they are bored. It’s time to find some ways to entertain them. As a single mother I’m always looking for inexpensive things to do with Hailey, things that will keep her busy and allow us to spend time together doing something besides watch television. Fall really does lend itself to all sorts of inexpensive craft ideas. Just grab … Continue reading

Fall Leaf Crafts with Preschoolers

What can you do with a leaf? A lot, actually! Here, the leaves are changing colors and they are just beginning to fall to the ground. Now is the time to make leaf crafts with your preschooler or to press the colorful leaves to save them for crafts later in the fall. The first step to making a leaf part is perhaps the most fun – the collecting! Go on a leaf hunt around your neighborhood. Look for maple, oak, and magnolia trees in particular. In our area, these ones have the most diverse and brilliant colors – reds, oranges, … Continue reading

Fall Art Projects for Kids

Now that you know where to collect colorful fall leaves, it’s time to figure out what to do with them. The following art projects are simple enough for the whole family to partake in. What’s more, your kids will be filled with pride knowing that their leaf collections are being put to good use. LEAF IMPRESSIONS Materials: White paper Construction paper Crayons White craft glue Scissors Fall leaves in a variety of colors Directions: Place a leaf down flat on a table. Then, place a piece of white paper over it. Use a crayon to color over the leaf. (You … Continue reading

Fun With Fall Leaves

In most of the country, fall leaves are everywhere! Here are some fun ideas for those leaves: I love to watch kids chase leaves as they are falling from trees. It’s a fun challenge to try and catch one before it hits the ground, and the fact that it only happens a few days a year makes it even more special. Rake those leaves into a big pile jump in them. It’s an old idea, but one your kids will remember forever. We have some new subdivisions east of here that don’t have enough leaves for a doll to jump … Continue reading

Preserving Fall Leaves

Fall leaves have such marvelous deep colors. I love to decorate with leaves. They quickly dry out though, and turn brown and brittle. Here’s a way to make them last for a long time. You will need a hammer or rock, a large empty jar or vase, hot water, and glycerin. You can usually find glycerin at the drug store near the lotions. It’s only a few dollars for a small bottle. Gather leaves that are in the height of their color. It’s fun to take a walk around the yard or a park. Let your children pick up leaves … Continue reading

Autumn Crafts for Kids: Fun with Leaves

Fall’s cooler temperatures have been delayed a bit here in the Upper Midwest. I, for one, couldn’t be happier, but I know many people are anxious for crisper days and the sight of trees exploding with vibrant yellows, oranges and reds (that is until they have to carve time out of their busy schedules to rake those gorgeous leaves off their driveway). Regardless of when fall finally rears its head in your neck of the woods there is nothing like soaking up the season with family members and friends. Use the time to go on a nature hike and make … Continue reading

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Art Projects

Help your kids get in on the holiday preparation by allowing them to make these Thanksgiving decorations. Not only will these art projects keep your kids busy while you complete the Turkey Day meal, but also these crafts will yield amazing decorations that can be used to brighten up your holiday table. CORN PLACEMATS Materials: Ears of corn Knife Plastic corncob holders Paper plates Fabric paints Cloth placemats Directions: Break each ear of corn into 3-inch pieces (adults can use knife if necessary), then attach corncob holders firmly to the ends of each piece. Roll the corn pieces in a … Continue reading

Holiday Preparation – Crafts & Such

September may seem like far too early to be thinking about the holidays. But remember, we’ve got a quick succession of holidays that come starting in October with Halloween, then Thanksgiving in November, followed by the big ones of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa in December, not to mention New Year’s at the end of December, beginning of January. Holiday Crafts Holiday preparation can include holiday crafts your child does at home or at school. In fact, some items, including those found at craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s are already out on the shelves and they may or may … Continue reading

The Week in Review: September 9-15

Good morning! I hope you’re having a great weekend. I’m introducing a new feature here in the Family Fun blog that I’ve been doing in some of my other blogs. This is the Week in Review where we’re talk about the highlights and more for the week. Please let me know what you enjoyed about this week and what articles were the most useful to you! September 9 We talked about Family Activities: Building Fun Baskets for Teachers and how you can make it a family project to honor your child’s teacher or teachers. We can do this in any … Continue reading