Afterschool Express - Crafts for Fall

Owl Crafts and Learning Activities

We have been in an "owl" mood lately.  It doesn't help that our neighborhood owl has been rather loud in the evenings and reminding us of his presence.  Elliana helped me design, cut, and sew this owl headband after she saw the one I made for her little brother. (more info here if you want to make one too) She has made many other small projects too that I really should take pictures of as they are all designed and made by her.  We usually spend 2 or 3 afternoons sewing each week!


I had also been eyeing a set of fall rubbing plates from Oriental Trading Company, but didn't want to spend the $7.00 it would take to get them to my house.  So, we cut up a cereal box into 4 rectangles and I free handed an owl, a turkey, and acorn, and an apple.  Then, using Elmers Glue, I thickly traced my drawings.  If you want to make these, I highly recommend letting the first glue dry and apply a second layer for the best rubbings.


 Elly enjoyed this fine motor activity and didn't even know I was trying to work on her handwriting =)  She often doesn't use her "helper hand" to hold the paper when writing.  Crayon rubbings can help strengthen her fine motor skills and get her to use that helper hand all at the same time.  And she thought she was just having fun!


We also made a leaf weaving project that turned out to be such a hit, that we made 18 more in fall colors for her classmates to do at school =)  My fingers were SORE after cutting them all out with a little kids scissors because I could not find a grown up one.  I know.... the things we will do for our kids!
This week, we are joined by some amazing bloggers  for a blog hop featuring all the fun and educational activities to do at home with school age children.  I encourage you to visit their blogs.  I am sure that you will find them inspiring!


Now it's your turn! We'd love to see your after school activities, both fun and educational. Feel free to link as many as you wish

12 comments:

  1. I love the crayon rubbings! The leaf weaving looks like fun, too. Thanks for hosting the afterschooling linky this week!

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  2. I love the way you made the rubbing plates. I'm going to try this. I would order more from that company too if the shipping wasn't so much.

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  3. This is a very neat way to make your own crayon rubbings templates! Thanks for hosting this week!

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  4. Thanks Sixty Second Parent for joining us. I can't comment on your website =( But I love your extension on the leaf rubbings and having the kids glue them on cards! Thanks for joining in our Blog Hop

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  5. I love your crayon rubbing plate idea. How fun! I'll have to remember that for some future project.

    Thanks for your encouraging comment on my blog - I appreciate it. :)

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  6. The rubbings are so fun looking. It maybe would work with some hot glue as well, then there would be no wait.

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  7. Brooke, I have to heat up the hot glue gun today and may try it out as the kiddos have requested a second set and I have an empty cracker box available. I am wondering if I can keep the height consistent like I can with the school glue.

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  8. Love the owl rubbing! I'm joining the blog hop from Mama Smiles blog :)

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  9. What a cute headband! The rubbings look wonderful too.

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing your headbands idea on the Mama Pea Pod facebook page! I wonder if you would mind adding it to the blog page comments too? I'd love to gather costume ideas in one place. Thanks so much!
    http://mamapeapod.blogspot.com/2011/10/trick-or-treat-from-halloween-past.html

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  11. Thanks for hosting! Vicky from www.messforless.net

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