Friday, October 14, 2016

Art Camp! 7 Fun Fall Crafts For Kids


The girls are on Fall Break right now, and rather than tell you about the things we *hope* to do for Fall, instead I'm going to tell you about how we tried to do Art Camp during their break. This way I can tell you how it went and show you some pictures of what we made!  I got this idea when I was talking over some ideas for Fall Break with Frances, and she said, "Mommy, making art is my favorite thing. I love making art."  So I suggested Art Camp, and she was over the moon excited.
At Starbucks, planning and getting ready for our week


This is ironic that Frances was so excited, because usually Molly is my art girl. Of course when I floated the idea with Molly, she was more than game. I think Frances is coming into her own with her interest in all things artistic. (Just as an aside: when I ask Frances what she wants to be when she grows up, she says, "Everything." I asked her what that meant and she said, "Artist, Singer, Mommy, and everything else." :-0 haha) And Madeleine is generally as easy to please as her sisters. If art is involved, she's there. If Anders is going to tag along, well, that's fine too! ;)

Want to see what we made?


~1~

Paper Mosaic Pumpkins

- cut orange, green, and brown paper into little tiny squares (kids can help, but they don't have to!)
- Note: if the child is younger, make their squares a bit bigger.
- use glue to attach them in a pattern on your paper
-to make this a bit simpler, try squeezing a small circle of white glue on a scrap paper. The kids can dip the paper into the bit of glue, then place it on the paper

~2~

Button Candy Corn Art
- using clay, playdoh, or cornstarch dough, (we did homemade dough) shape into a triangle with rounded corners
- add white, yellow, and orange buttons, or beads, in lines to make a candy corn
- I promised my kids a reward of candy corn at the end of the week for a job well done at Art Camp :0)

~3~
Autumn Trees
- two ways: first, using tissue paper, add fall leaves to your trunk with glue
- using fingerprints and q-tips, add tiny leaves to your cardstock trunk

~4~
Spider Web Art
- two versions: first, draw a web using white pastel
- paint over it with differing shades of blue and purple (liquid watercolor and watercolor paper will work best)
- second, draw a web using white crayon
- again, paint over it with differing shades of blue and purple
- sprinkle salt on your painting as it is drying

~5~
Painted Leaf With Name Letter
- using wooden leaves, and wooden letters, paint and attach using wood glue, when dry
-hang with string for a garland or use to decorate a mantel or door
- Here's a good tutorial featuring pumpkins (very similar), another great idea

~6~
Baking Soda Dough Playtime
- mix together 1/2 c. cornstarch, 1 c. baking soda, and 3/4 c. water to make a ball of dough for each child (more detailed instructions here)
- have fun playing with it
- ask the kids to make fall-themed shapes (trees, pumpkins, leaves, gourds, etc.)

~7~
Salt Dough Pumpkins & Candy Corn
- make homemade salt dough
- bake in the oven (more detailed instructions here)
- paint orange, decorate when they're done
- we do this all the time-- any time we have extra time on our hands
-bake on a 200 oven for 2-3 hours, longer depending on the size of your ornaments
Edited to add:

Tea party and spider webs! ;)

Our final product


Interested in doing this yourself? Here are all of the materials we used:
paint
tissue paper
buttons
wooden letters
wooden cutout leaves
liquid watercolors
cardstock- black
paintbrushes
construction paper
glue
crayons
pastels
dough ingredients

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