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Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Autumn, Children, Crafts, Creative, Economical Activities, Homemade, Homeschool, Kids Activities, Motherhood, Preschool, Save money, Stay At Home Mom | 3 comments

Homeschooling Fun:  Autumn Clay Tree

Homeschooling Fun: Autumn Clay Tree

Since my oldest is only 3, we are not ready for full-time (or part-time) preschool, so we try to do fun things every day that somehow sneak in education.  Sometimes this entails going out & about, sometimes it is at home.  “Homeschooling Fun” will display my slight attempt at projects we do together.  I have a plethora of resources where I usually get these ideas but sometimes they are my own.  (I am ALWAYS open to new suggestions for resources!  Please comment below.)  Unfortunately, I don’t remember where this next project came from but I do know it was a lot of good, time-consuming fun!

Autumn Clay Tree

We started this simple project by going outside & scouting out the perfect tree branch.  There are not too many trees around us, so we couldn’t find a loose branch on the ground, we had to cut this one directly from the grounded tree.  Our daughter was quite intrigued by the different shapes of branches we found, not a lot look like trees if standing on their own.  I tucked in a discussion of the what, how & why of trees.  Lots of questions followed, which I always look forward to when explaining something to an inquisitive toddler!

We gathered indoors (it was chilly out that day!) & started “planting the tree” (sticking it to green construction paper*) by surrounding it with “soil” (green clay).  *This was a little difficult with the flimsy construction paper.  I would recommend something stronger like cardboard or wood.

Next, we pinched tiny pieces of clay (we used play-doh for times’ sake but homemade clay would have worked better), perfect for her petite hands, into the branches.  We used colors she thought would be seen in the fall – red, orange, yellow & green.  She did most of the leaves.  She was very focused & excited to see the end result.

VOILA!

The pieces that fell were smooshed into the paper to become those fallen leaves.  Easy-peasy!

What do  you think?  What would you have done differently?  What indoor activities do you do in the fall with your children?  PLEASE SHARE!  We’d LOVE to hear!

3 Comments

  1. You’re always so good about doing fun projects with your kids (and mine!)! I think this project is very cute! I always love how you don’t care about the mess a project might make, as that has always been a deterrent for me when I consider a project. So, kudos on your fun, fall tree!

  2. absolutely LOVE IT!!

  3. What a clever idea! I love it too!! Perfect for a lil’ homeschoolin’ chica. 😉 ♥

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