This week I had a grand plan for storytime at the library: I was going to add science to my regularly scheduled preschool storytime and explore fall. This plan didn’t work out as imagined but the kids who were present at storytime created some really cute and easy fall themed crafts.
To show how leaves change colors, we made small tree models. We used a tree template and colored construction paper and crayons to recreate. This craft was inspired by the book Investigating Why Leaves Change Their Color (Science Detectives)by Ellen Rene
The template for the tree can be found here on Clip Art Best.com.
We also made 3D apples. To create the apples we gathered:
- Red paper which was cut into strips
- Brown construction paper
- Green ribbon
- scissors (to cut the ribbon)
- hole puncher
We used a paper cutter to make the red paper into strips and used the hole puncher to create holes in each end. We used a brad to fasten off one end.
Cut ribbon to create stems. Using the brown paper we crumpled it to create the stem. Some children just attached it which was fine; I liked the crumpled look better. Attach to one end of the apple, fan out the strips and your apple is complete. One of the moms present made a smaller apple by punching holes at both end and again in the middle.
This craft was inspired by Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell and I Know it’s Autumn by Eileen Spinelli.
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