Fall is Here!

Falling Leaves, Pumpkins, and Halloween

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt!

Listen to this story, written by Steve Metzger, and from KidTimeStoryTime, with the help of a puppet bear, and a puppet owl! 

Crafts with Leaves:

Check out this list of 42 different crafts you can do with leaves you collect after they fall, from handsonaswegrow.com. 

You can make so many things. Crowns, collages, prints, your own pretend monsters, crayon rubbings and more! 

Fall Coloring Pages

Pumpkin Spice Playdough

Join Teacher Natasha in her kitchen, as she learns how to make pumpkin spice playdough and shares the process with you! Grab your grown-up helper, and the ingredients below, and start mixing! 

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • Food coloring – or natural spices or juices with lots of color! Click here for a list of 8 organic diy food dyes.
  • Any seasonings or scents you would like! Today Natasha is using pumpkin spice.

1. Add the water, oil and lemon juice to a medium non-stick pot and heat on medium heat on the stove (maybe even slightly lower heat depending on your stove).

2. Add food coloring, liquid scents or Kool-Aid to the water mixture. In this video, Natasha uses turmeric!

3. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and any dry seasonings you are using.

4. After the water is hot, but not boiling, slowly add the dry ingredients to the pot and while mixing to combine. I use a wooden or plastic cooking spoon.

5. Continuously stir until the ingredients combine, dry out and begin to form a ball. If there are parts that seem a bit sticky still, just flatten the dough out and put the sticky side down on the bottom of the pot very briefly. Flip back and forth frequently until it doesn’t seem sticky anymore. However, don’t cook it too long. It is better to be a bit undercooked as it will firm up as it cools down.

6. Place on a sheet of wax paper until it cools down a bit. Then knead the dough for a minute or two to bring it all together.

 

Note: while this dough is natural, and non-toxic, it definitely will not taste good and we do not recommend  eating it.

Halloween Skittles Experiment

Click here to see how you can use the science of water stratification to make art using Skittles! Create fun and spooky designs like bats and pumpkins, on a plate with your skittles, and pour a little bit of water over them, just enough to cover the bottom of the plate, and watch how the colors flow! 

Story Time Videos:

One of our favorite things on Sundays is sharing stories with each other. Here you will find videos from your RE Teachers sharing some of their favorites!

The Topsy-Turvies

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Slug and Panda Story Time

"Nancy and the Missing Dog"

Goodnight Moon

A Bad Case of the Stripes (parts 1 and 2)

"Feeding Lucky"

Hello from Teacher Megan

Meet  Lucky, and walk through how Megan feeds him in the mornings!

Songs and Sing-a-longs:

The Bunny Song, from Teacher Natasha

Natasha is sharing a song from her childhood with you. You can listen to her sing it, and then learn the words and the hand motions and sing-a-long!

Past Crafts and Activities:

Paper Name Collage

Grab some different colors of paper, something to write with (and maybe someone to help you write), and a glue stick! If you enjoy projects like this, here are some examples of other mosaic projects for inspiration – even a mosaic you can eat

Stretching Activity and Yoga Resources:

Stretching and moving your body is an important part of staying healthy. Join Teacher Natasha as she shares two of her favorite stretches:

Here are some yoga poses you can do on your own at home! 

You can also print the stretching cards below to play a stretching game. Parents can help by printing the cards, cutting them up, and pulling them out of a bag to help you create a different stretching routine each time!

Summer Crafts!

Make some beach themed crafts, a shadow animal using the summer sun (or a light insude your house), and a heart for your parent or someone you love, along with Teacher Natasha.

Easter Crafts:

We miss our Easter Carnival at Church! Teacher Natasha has made some craft videos to share, grab some paper, markers, and scissors, and craft with us!

Do you celebrate Easter? What is your favorite part?

Scavenger Hunts:

Staying busy at home can seem hard! Here are some Scavenger Hunts that can be completed with things in your house or out in nature. Click on the images below to zoom in on each list.