The Fall season is full of fun to-dos, among them, at-home activities. Pumpkin carving, baking Thanksgiving treats and making acorn bird houses are a must. Add these DIY projects to the calendar for some more family bonding!!
For Halloween: Ghost Wind Sock
Get in the swing of Halloween with these not-so-scary ghost wind socks that will even survive the rain. They are fun and easy to make!
Recommended age: 3+ (Test subjects, ages 5 and 9, loved it!)
Time: 20 minutes
Things you will need: Large Styrofoam cup, white kitchen garbage bag, construction paper, glue, scissors, pencil, 3 feet of yarn or string
1. Draw a face on the construction paper color of your choice and cut out. Glue face on the Styrofoam cup.
2. Cut the garbage bag in half. Take the bottom half and cut 5 or 6 strips to make streamers.
Glue the streamers around the bottom of the cup.
3. Using your pencil, punch a hole on each side of the top of your ghost (bottom of the cup), then feed your string or yarn through and tie together. All done and ready to hang!
For Fall: My Fancy Finds Book
Grab a bag and take your child on a nature walk (We visited Riverbend Recreation Area), snapping off and scooping up any interesting flowers or leaves to make a book! Just the walk was an adventure, as we discovered a ladybug larva, a shiny pink and blue bug we had never seen, a caterpillar, a pretty yellow bird, an ant hill and much more.
Recommended age: 3+ (My 5 and 9-year-old test subjects said this is one of the best crafts we’ve ever created, and we have made MANY crafts.)
Time: 2 to 3 hours, including nature walk
Things you will need: Bag for your finds, clear contact paper, markers, scissors, construction paper, hole punch, yarn or string, craft foam, buttons, other fun items from around the house to glue on book cover.
1. Spread your finds on a table and estimate how many pages you will need.
2. We cut our contact paper about an inch smaller than a page of construction paper. For each page of your book, you will need two sheets of contact paper.
3. As the adult cuts the contact paper, have the child begin their book cover. Write “My Fancy Finds” on the front and decorate with markers and/or glue fun items on the front.
4. When the contact paper is ready, remove the cover sheet and place it on the table, sticky side up. Have your child press her finds onto the page to make a collage. When finished, peel back another piece of contact paper to carefully place on top to seal in the collage. Repeat for each page.
5. Arrange your book. We placed a sheet of construction paper in between each collage page so the items would show up nicely. Punch two holes on the edge of the paper, and tie with yarn to keep your book together. (Staples would also work.)