Have you seen those adorable felt fall-themed stickers at Target’s dollar spot? I loved them, and knew I had to have them, but wasn’t sure what to do with them once I had them home.
We did a fine motor activity with them, which you can see here. And I thought about using them to make patterns, but patterns are so last year to M right now. :) (That’s not to say he has patterning down pat, just that he thinks he does.)
Last fall we made this fun hand and arm print tree with paint and a leaf stamp: It was so much fun and turned out nicely too.
Instead of doing the exact same thing this year, I decided to let M and my niece S use these stickers and make something similar.
We started off with blue paper for the background, glue, a pencil, scissors, brown paper, the stickers, and oil pastels.
I traced each child’s hand and arm, then cut them out. The kids really enjoyed this project. M enjoyed it more with S around than I think he would’ve without her. This was right up her alley, she’s a crafty little girl. :)
Here is M’s finished piece of work:
I thought I had a picture of my niece’s artwork, but can’t find it. Too bad, it was pretty great. :) It did kind of crack me up that they each put only one leaf per finger, um… branch, on their tree. Not exactly what I had in mind, but it was their project!
I was a little disappointed that they didn’t use the oil pastels more on their scenes, pastels show up so nicely on dark paper. Oh well, they definitely enjoyed using the “soft crayons” and used them to make loads of pictures on plain newsprint:This is my favorite of M’s pictures. I love that he traced his own hand, and that’s a car in the center! It’s pretty good, don’t you think? I was kind of amazed that he could draw a car already. HIs drawing skills have really taken off. I love that the wheels have smiley faces! :)
They really enjoyed drawing with the pastels – it’s a nice change from ordinary crayons! If you have them, I encourage you to get them out and let your children experiment with using them.
Have a beautiful day! :)