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!