Now that Fall is here, I decided it was time to do some Fall and Halloween crafts. I love this time of year. I am hoping the babies will enjoy the season too.
Quinoa Leaves and Poppy Seed Bats:
You will need:
Free Printables found online or freehand drawings you can cut out
Laminator and plastic sheets (optional, if you want to do the project multiples times or with multiples)
Tempera paints in yellow, red and black
containers for paint (and toothpick to swirl if desired)
exacto knife and cardboard and/or scissors
quinoa (a very small handful for each leaf)
card stock or other thick paper
First, I searched for free printables online on Google (search terms ‘printable fall leaves and printable bat coloring pages’) and lots of images appeared that could be made into stencils. I printed images of a bat and leaf and laminated them. I used a combination of an exacto knife (with a cardboard box backing) and scissors to cut designs creating stencils. I reserved the leaf and bat cutout for later use to paint over creating the images underneath. There would be no need to laminate your stencil if you were using it as a one time project. But, with four toddlers, laminating made the stencils go further. They can also be saved and used for future projects.
Once the designs were cut out to create stencils, I put a sheet of card stock underneath the leaf stencil and taped it to the table. I repurposed a plastic cup that came with an egg dying kit and put half yellow and half red paint inside. I swirled it with a toothpick so there would be red, yellow and orange. I added a paint brush and the babies got to work painting their leaves using the stencil and swirled paint. While the paint was still wet and the stencil was still on top, they sprinkled dry quinoa on their leaves. Then the stencil was removed revealing their leaves sprinkled with quinoa underneath. The same procedure worked for the bats, except that they sprinkled poppy seeds on top of the wet black paint to add texture. It was a fun, easy and inexpensive fall project.
Finished Fall Leaf with Quinoa Texture Sprinkles
Finished Bat Complete with Shadow and Poppy Seed Sprinkles
Swirled paint in the egg cup
Ryder enjoyed painting his bat
while Xayden concentrated on staying within the lines.
Grayson loved the poppy seed sprinkles
and Capri liked adding splashes of color to her leaf.
What Halloween and fall crafts have you been doing? Your comments are always welcome. I enjoy reading each one.