Yesterday, I had the pleasure of crafting with 18 first graders at Selby's Fall party for her class. Charged with leading the craft, I decided on these darling journals. The books were preassembled (see directions below) so they were ready to be decorated by the kids.
I provided a pile of leaves and triangular crayons for leaf rubbings, as well as a plate of apples and red & green stamp pads for apple stamping.
The kids were enchanted! It was such fun watching their wonder at how a leaf appeared right before their eyes... or how the shape of an apple was miraculously reproduced on the page.
The results were fantastic! I went home feeling so grateful for the opportunity to work with these unique children, and overwhelmingly grateful for the teacher who guides these 18 six & seven year olds all day, every day. (Whew!)
And the kids went home with hand-crafted books filled with samplings of Fall's natural beauty. How 'bout them apples!
How to Make a Fall Journal:
- Fold 1 piece of construction paper and 2-3 sheets white copy paper in half.
- Punch 2 holes in side of book at opposite ends.
- Push rubber band through top hole and loop around end of a stick. Pull rubber band down backside of book and push through bottom hole; loop through other end of stick. The stick should now be secured along the "spine" of your book.
- Decorate and fill with pieces of Autumn nature, such as leaf rubbings and apple stampings.
These are so wonderful Liz! What a great idea, and a wonderful way to spend an autumn afternoon.
last week i started volunteering in lily's kindergarten class.
and we have been doing all kinds of fun, nature-based afterschool and weekend projects -- many inspired by you!!!
these are beautiful, we are hoping to nature journal soon, not sure yet what format ours will take. :)
What a wonderful idea!
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