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Join us on Instagram

We’re having a nosy around each others homes, classes and play spaces, to swap ideas and get inspiration. Come and join us!

Each week on Instagram I post a prompt, then we all join in – sharing a photo answer using the hashtag #nurturestoreideaswap. So far we’ve been sharing snack ideas, and suggestions for water play. This week’s prompt is:

How do you display your child’s art?

Take a photo, tag it with #nurturestoreideaswap and come and join in the chat with us.

You can follow me on Instagram here.

Hope to see you there! Cathy

Here’s this week’s Play Planner

Monday’s child is…

printing with autumn leaves
Fall leaf print art - making leaf crowns and books

Tuesday’s child is…

making a leaf crown
Celebrate autumn with this leaf crown - gorgeous preschool autumn craft for kids

Wednesday’s child is…

using scissors to make a cute pumpkin
A cute and easy pumpkin craft that great for scissor skills.

Thursday’s child is…

painting with homemade chalk paint
A great homemade chalk paint recipe - great for kids art and sensory play

Friday’s child is…

playing with autumn play dough
autumn play dough recipes

Saturday’s child is…

learning in a writing station (see all the ideas at My Little Bookcase)
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Sunday’s child is…

having fun with autumn sensory play (see all the ideas over at BabyCentre)
autumn sensory play recipes activities

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Complete art lesson plans, exploring great artists

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Fall play dough recipes: clove, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg http://nurturestore.co.uk/fall-play-dough-recipe http://nurturestore.co.uk/fall-play-dough-recipe#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:27:07 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=17026 Here are some favourite fall play dough recipes, featuring autumn colours and lovely warming spices. They’re so wonderful to play with, giving your children a sensory boost on colder autumn days.

Fall play dough recipes

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Here are some favourite fall play dough recipes, featuring autumn colours and lovely warming spices. They’re so wonderful to play with, giving your children a sensory boost on colder autumn days.

fall play dough recipe

Fall play dough recipes

One of the best things about using homemade play dough is being able to add in extra sensory elements, such as colours and scent. These play dough recipes feature autumn shades and lovely spices, that fit the season perfectly.

If you’ve never made your own play dough before, give it a try. It’s quick and easy and you can make a generous amount, giving your children abundant materials to play and create with. And if you wrap it up well in a plastic bag after you’ve finished playing, it can last you right through until you’re ready to make some homemade Christmas play dough instead!

fall play dough

To make my favourite homemade play dough recipe you’ll need to mix, in a large bowl:

2 cups of plain (all purpose) flour

1 cup of salt

2 tablespoons of cream of tartar

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Then give your play dough an autumnal twist by adding in some spices. I made four bowls of the play dough mix and added a different spice to each: grated cloves, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and grated nutmeg.

autumn play dough recipe

Then you need to add in some liquid to bring your dough together. For a basic play dough recipe you’d add 1 and half cups of just-boiled water. To add some seasonal colour, I replaced some of this water with a good squirt of paint.

fall play dough activities

I most often use food colouring when I make playdough, but the paint gives a great colour boost to your dough. I used a washable-, ready-made poster paint (tempera) and it gave a really even colour throughout the dough and didn’t come off on our hands when we played with it.

homemade play dough autumn

Stir your ingredients together in the bowl to form a dough, then tip it out and give it a good knead for a few minutes – and then you’re ready to play!

fall play dough activities

Fall play dough activities

And how will you play with your fall play dough? My e-book The Homemade Play Dough Recipe Book has lots of ideas for you. It contains ideas for math, literacy, imaginary play, art, and sensory play for all year round. For autumn there are ideas for gingerbread men, leaf printing, autumn trees, rangoli and salt dough candle holders. Come and take a peek at more of the ideas inside the book and download your own copy. 

play dough recipe

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Leaf crown :: easy autumn craft for preschool http://nurturestore.co.uk/leaf-crown-autumn-craft-preschool http://nurturestore.co.uk/leaf-crown-autumn-craft-preschool#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:01:59 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=21273 Celebrate the season in style with this easy autumn craft for preschool – make a leaf crown!

Leaf crown :: easy autumn craft for preschool

We started our project with some leaf printing. (click through to see how)

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Celebrate the season in style with this easy autumn craft for preschool – make a leaf crown!

Celebrate autumn with this leaf crown - gorgeous preschool autumn craft for kids

Leaf crown :: easy autumn craft for preschool

We started our project with some leaf printing. (click through to see how)

leaf print craft

Once the paint had dried and we had done some cutting out, we end up with a lovely collection of leaf prints. We sorted them out into matching piles, by colour and size, so we could see what leaves we had available to design our crowns with.

fall leaf print craft

We made a simple band out of card to be the base of our leaf crown. Cut out a strip, measure around your child’s head, and fasten the crown to the right size using staples or tape.

how to make a leaf crown

Then you can design your own crown. You might like to work out from the centre, try some repeating patterns, or have a random fiesta of shapes and sizes around your crown. We loved overlapping the leaves to give us lots of layers. You can fasten your leaves in place with glue, staples or tape, depending on what your children like to use, and whether you want to wear it straight away.

make a leaf crown

When you are finished you are ready to celebrate autumn in style. These autumn crowns are what all the best-dressed woodland fairies are wearing this season!

easy fall craft for preschool make a leaf crownMore autumn activities

For more seasonal fun and learning, click through to see our archive of autumn activities for kids.

100+ fall activities for kids :: fall crafts, autumn sensory play, fall math and literacy games

 

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Autumn leaf print crafts http://nurturestore.co.uk/autumn-leaf-print-crafts http://nurturestore.co.uk/autumn-leaf-print-crafts#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:00:04 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=21283 A classic childhood craft – autumn leaf print art is a gorgeous now as it was when we were children. Here are some ideas to add some extra sensory dimensions, and craft ideas that make the most of your lovely leaf prints.

Autumn leaf print crafts

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A classic childhood craft – autumn leaf print art is a gorgeous now as it was when we were children. Here are some ideas to add some extra sensory dimensions, and craft ideas that make the most of your lovely leaf prints.

Fall leaf print art  - making leaf crowns and books

Autumn leaf print crafts

We started our project with a walk through the woods, spotting signs of autumn and collecting lots of leaves in different shapes, sizes and colours. Can you name all the leaves? You could learn how to use a reference book by using a local nature books to look them all up.

autumn leaves crafts

Then we took out our paints and thought about how we could mix colours to match our leaves. We started with yellow, green, re, orange and brown and blended them to make more shades. If you’d like to give your paint a sensory boost you could add in some spices to the paint – perhaps warming ginger and cinnamon.

autumn leaf print art activity

We did our printing on a big roll of paper on the floor. Using plates to hold the paint makes is easier to dip the whole leaf in and cover it in paint.

printing with autumn leaves

Try using the same leaf a few times before topping it up with more paint, and see how this effects the prints you get.

fall leaf printing in preschool

You can also use a paint brush to cover your leaf in paint, or place your leaf on the paper and use the brush to paint over the top, creating and outline. This will give you a negative space shape of the leaf inside.

fall leaf crafts

Once the paint is dry, you can cut out your leaves and use them for lots of different crafts. Take a look at how we used ours to make:

:: autumn sketch books {coming soon}

:: gorgeous leaf crowns

:: autumn leaf word trees

:: thanksgiving bunting

autumn leaf print crafts

More autumn activities for kids

For many more ideas, dive into our archive of autumn activities for kids.

100+ fall activities for kids :: fall crafts, autumn sensory play, fall math and literacy games

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Easy pumpkin craft for scissor skills http://nurturestore.co.uk/easy-pumpkin-craft-scissor-skills http://nurturestore.co.uk/easy-pumpkin-craft-scissor-skills#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:00:18 +0000 http://nurturestore.co.uk/?p=21257 Here’s a cute and easy pumpkin craft for preschool that is great for practising scissor skills.

Simple pumpkin craft for scissor skills

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Here’s a cute and easy pumpkin craft for preschool that is great for practising scissor skills.

A cute and easy pumpkin craft that great for scissor skills.

Simple pumpkin craft for scissor skills

We don’t often do follow-the-steps crafts around here as we prefer more child-led art projects, but sometimes a cute craft is just the thing – a fun way to work on a particular skill. This time the focus is on scissor skills, using this cute little pumpkin craft as a way to practise cutting along a straight line.

scissor skills craft

To make this little pumpkin, you’ll need a piece of orange card. Use a ruler to mark out eight strips, using a dashed straight line to show where your child needs to cut. If you use a darker orange marker pen you’ll be able to see the lines to cut them, but they won’t show every much in your finished craft.

scissor skills practice craft

Then let your child have a try cutting along the lines. You can make it easier and safer by using a child-sized pair of scissors that have a rounded tip to the cutting blades. Using card rather than paper will help too, as it will hold its shape more as your child cuts along.

cute easy pumpkin craft

Cutting out all eight strips gives you plenty of practice. The edges don’t need to be perfect – your pumpkin will still look great with a few wobbles, so encourage your child to have a try.

Once cut out, place your card strips in this circular arrangement, and hold them together using a split pin. Your child might find it easier if you poke through the ends of all the strips with a sharp pencil or craft knife first, and then your child can thread the pieces on to the split pin. This in itself is a great work out for fine motor skills.

simple pumpkin craft

Then you need to repeat this threading, gathering together all the opposite ends of the strips of card to form your 3D pumpkin shape. Use a second split pin to hold them in place, adding a piece of green card on the top to make a stalk.

easy pumpkin crafts for kids

Your child can then add their own Jack-o-lantern design on the outside of the pumpkin, making it as friendly or as scary as they like.

easy pumpkin craft for preschool

More autumn activities

For more art, craft, and learning activities come and take a look at our archive of over 100 autumn activities for kids.

100+ fall activities for kids :: fall crafts, autumn sensory play, fall math and literacy games

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