Guest Author - Alissa Moy
Arts and crafts are always enjoyable for homeschooled children, as well as their parents! Here are some ideas to jazz up your Fall themed crafts, either creating a craft from scratch, or completing a craft via a kit.
Make your own Wood Dough Pumpkin
1 cup clean sawdust
1/2 cup of flour
1 cup water
1 tablespoon of liquid starch
First, mix all of the ingredients together in bowl, until a stiff dough is formed. Add additional water if needed as well. Next, model or sculpt your dough to a desired pumpkin shape, and let it dry for 2 to 3 days. This shape can be somewhat flat, small and roundish, or oblong in shape. Sandpaper can be used to smooth out your sculpture after it is completely dry. Other options for sculptures include creating holiday ornaments but shaping the wood dough into shapes by using cookie cutters. All creations can be painted and/or stained when they are completely dry. Plan for orange hues to create realistic pumpkin sculptures, as well as additional colors if you choose to create ornaments for Halloween, or even Christmas!
As for craft kits, there are many options for the homeschool crowd, and kits from places like Fun Express offer kit packages in quantities of twelve, so these would make a great homeschool co-op activity. The Owl Nature Bags, Thanksgiving Place Cards and the Patterned Fall Leave Photo Magnets are all easy and fun. Hobbyware makes an "Old Mill in Fall Mosaic Art Kit" that is challenging and extensive for your older homeschooler. They also offer an "Autumn Encounter Mosaic Art Kit that is surely a keepsake once completed.
If you celebrate Halloween, the Halloween Crafts Witch Clothespin Doll Craft Kit by Montanye Arts is an adorable project to complete with your homeschool gal. Your homeschool guy will surely get a kick out of Montanye Arts Mummy Clothespin Craft Kit, which is also easy to assemble and enjoyable to create.
Folks who enjoy the spooky holiday and trick or treating will want to consider letting their homeschoolers help make the treat bags. Disney Family Fun "Create Your Own Spooky Treat Bags" Halloween Party Craft Kit by
Disney Enterprises, Inc. is a fantastic and creative project that your homeschoolers will love to scare up alongside you!
However you choose to craft during the season of Fall with your homeschoolers you are sure to have fun doing the projects together! Here are the kits as mentioned above: