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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.


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!


  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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