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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fall Centerpiece

Okay, so I promised to give you a second idea about what to do with all those fun things you find on your fall nature hike; well I'm having a little difficulty with it. I decided, I will let you know what it is, then, maybe you will have more luck than I.

About a million years ago when I was in Girl Scouts, we went on a fall hike and collected lots of things like nuts, pine cones, sugar cones(those spiky balls that fall from trees)--lots of three dimensional type objects.

We then made a centerpiece out of the objects. We were given a cardboard ring, about 6 inches in diameter with a circle cut out of the middle. Then we used lots of glue to glue the items to the cardboard ring. We presented it to our moms and they loved them. A candle was placed in the middle and it looked great. My mom kept mine year after year and it was always on the table at Thanksgiving.

My problem is first I can't seem to find enough items to fill the ring. Secondly, I was going to glue what I had--mostly acorns--and then I would show you the picture. The glue wasn't holding too well. A hot glue gun works good, but I'm always hesitant to use one around preschoolers.

So I know this article was probably pretty useless, but I wanted to let you know that I really did have an idea, but I can't seem to pull it off for preschoolers. To all you wonderfully talented creative people out there any ideas?

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Jen said...

How about a nature box? You could do a sorting and classifying activity with the kids! No hot glue gun needed! Your nature box can stay in the classroom for the class to explore their treasures and hopefully stimulate peer discussions about their finds. Keeping a few magnifying glasses close to the box would be fun, too. Not sure if this is what you had in mind, but it was the first thing that came to mind after reading your post. My daughter's teacher made a collage and hung it on the wall for the kids. I'm not sure if she used craft glue, because I'm wondering how she got everything to stick?? Have a good night!
Jen over at Creative and Curious Kids!

Preschool Playbook said...

Hi Jen--thanks for sticking that in there. We do have a nature box at school, but I didn't think to mention it for home. The children always love to go through the wonderful things we found. Keep those creative juices churning.