Monday, 10 October 2016

Harry the hedgehog

Autumn is a brilliant time of year for craft ideas for children as its such a colourful season.  Here is a really simple idea that can be used time and time again.  

Go for a walk to collect leaves in different sizes, shapes and colours.  Draw a hedgehog outline for your child to fill with leaves that can be glued to make the hedgehog spiky.  Simple and effective.

Here is one I have made using the leaves I purchased from the works.  You don't have to name yours but i thought he looked really cute and decided to call him Harry.

Cute pine cone crafts for children

I have just come across these really cute pine cone crafts for children from 'Two kids and a coupon'.

Pine cones are a great resource because you don't have to buy them.  Just pick them up when you go for a walk in the woods.  If your looking for some really cute ideas then pop on over to find out more.

'Autumn is here' song sheet

This is a really good song sheet that you can print off and use with your Autumn tray.  To make it last longer you can laminate it too.  Pop on over to to print it off and fins other songs and activities too.

Autumn discovery tray

I needed to put together an Autumn discovery tray really quickly for an activity.  I always have a selection of trays I keep including cat litter trays that I purchase as they have a deeper edge for the children to explore further while keeping the contents together.

I printed the picture cards off  a while ago from Sparklebox and use them time and time again for different activities.  Ideally you would add real leaves that you can find with the children but I have to say that I love these that I found in the works for children to sort into colours or use to make pictures with.

I added some conkers from the nearby trees where I live that have them in abundance, a large pine cone that a friend gave me (you can find lots of these too at this time of the year when you go out for walks in the woods etc) and a squirrel and hedgehog finger puppet.  

There are so many other items that you could add including some acorns, apples as its harvest time and maybe a pumpkin too.  

Have fun putting yours together.  There are so many opportunities with this to develop early language skills, early number skills and to have fun together including leaf rubbings.


Autumn activities

I have just come across the most amazing site for lots of fantastic Autumn crafts and ideas for developing early language and number skills through play.  It's called Tishylishy

I particularly love these ideas.  Pop on over to find many more!