10.28.2010

Fall Journals


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:
  1. Fold 1 piece of construction paper and 2-3 sheets white copy paper in half.
  2. Punch 2 holes in side of book at opposite ends.
  3. 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.
  4. Decorate and fill with pieces of Autumn nature, such as leaf rubbings and apple stampings.

4 comments:

Heather said...

These are so wonderful Liz! What a great idea, and a wonderful way to spend an autumn afternoon.

eringoodman said...

SO inspiring!!!!

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!!!

lightly enchanted said...

these are beautiful, we are hoping to nature journal soon, not sure yet what format ours will take. :)

P-A-McGoldrick said...

What a wonderful idea!

Patricia