Now is the perfect time of the year to explore the great outdoors.  So, grab a bag (plastic, paper or canvas) and head
outdoors to discover fall treasures.  After your expedition, come inside and have a show
and tell of what each person found.  This is a great time to share
feelings and thoughts about why each person chose their items. You will
discover the inner thoughts and some of your child’s values, too.
There are many things you can do with the natural items that you found.
But, one idea is to make pictures of leaf people, animals, and/or creatures.

Directions

-Sort through your bag of treasures. 
-Lay out the items in piles of different sizes, shapes, textures and colors.  
-Plan a design.
-Arrange leaves and natural items onto a piece of paper of your choice into desired shapes.
-You
can also use your natural materials to make objects around your person
or creature: sun, trees, grass, etc.  Crayons, colored pencils, markers and /or
chalk are great to enhance your picture.  Cookie
cutters can be used to add different shapes to your design.  Construction paper. foam pieces, stickers, yarn, googly eyes, etc can be added for eyes, nose and mouth as well.
-Glue each of your natural items to the paper using white craft glue.  Set in a safe place to dry.
Alternative Idea:  Have your child make a picture of the whole family using leaves and outdoor treasures. Don’t forget the family pets in your creation.–
Be sure to have your child sign and date this creation and don’t forget to take a picture of your child with their fall treasure artwork!

Here are some kids in action to help you generate ideas. 

This child chose to use a cookie cutter to add design next to a leaf rubbing.

                  Can you think of more ideas?  Children are masters when it comes to creativity.                                                Follow their lead and see where it goes!
                           It should be a grand adventure filled with lots of fun and laughter.
                                                                             Enjoy!


Inspired by the book:

Miraculous, Magical Moments in Minutes: 

Over 500 Quick, Easy Activities for Adults and Children to Share

by Becky Baxa
Available from http://www.Amazon.com
in both paperback and electronic versions
Blog posts are many times an extension of this book. 
We started at 500+ and are counting upward and onward!

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