Handprint Fall Tree Painting

I made this a few years ago with my son when he was a baby.  He loved to do hand-print paintings with me.  This Handprint Fall Tree Painting was a big favourite and I love pulling it out to put on my wall each Fall.

 

Supplies needed:

  • Canvas to paint (I buy mine from Dollarama), make sure it is large enough to fit however many arms/hands you are doing.   I was doing two kids so this one was perfect for me.
  • Acrylic Paint: blue, green, brown, red, yellow, orange, and white.
  • Piece of a sponge
  • Paint Brushes
  • Sponge letters (again from Dollarama)
  • Ensure you are close to a sink or bucket of water with lots of soap for cleaning.

Method:

Step 1 – The background

  • I started off painting the canvas to look like the outside.  I squirted some blue dots sporadically around the top 3/4 with a few white spots in between.  The bottom 1/4 I put dots of green.
  • I moistened my sponge then squeezed out most of the water.
  • Using the sponge I lightly brushed it back and forth covering the whole top section making sure to get the sides of the canvas too.
  • Turn the sponge over to a fresh side and do the green, covering the bottom and sides as well.
  • I took another clean side and lightly melded the colours together so the canvas was completely covered.
  • Let that dry while you set up.

Step 2 – The tree

  • Toddlers/babies are MESSY with paint no matter how careful you are, make sure none of you are wearing clothes you don’t want ruined.  Prep your clean up area and put a towel down.
  • Take their arm and starting at the elbow paint it brown all the way up to their hand making sure to cover their hands too.
  • Lightly take their arm by the elbow and press down from the elbow to the hands firmly.
  • CLEAN THEM QUICKLY BEFORE THEY TOUCH SOMETHING!
  • Do any remaining kids.

    Step 3 – The leaves

  • Let it dry while you prep for the leaves, get a plate/lid/etc. and squirt a little red, yellow, and orange paint in it.
  • Carefully take child’s finger and dip in the colours one at a time and scatter around the finger portion of the “tree” to represent the leaves.  No need to rinse hand in between colours and if they go rogue and paint elsewhere that’s ok, it’s a falling or blown leaf.
  • Repeat with any other children.

Step 4 – The words

  • Choose what colour you want to write your letters with.  I chose silver.
  • Dampen your sponge and dip in your colour, blot it on the lid/plate a few times then carefully spell out F A L L one at a time repeating the previous steps with each letter.  You could change it up and write Autumn, or Mabon, or any other word you wish.
  • Let it all dry.

You did it!  An adorable keepsake to give to grandparents, aunt’s and uncle’s or add to your growing stack of adorable hand and footprint canvases that you are making.

What is your favourite messy craft to do with your little ones?

 

 

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Fall ideas to Celebrate Mabon with your Family

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It is starting to feel like Fall!  It’s been 11 degrees here at night, the leaves are starting to fall.  The Canadian Geese are starting to fly south.  That means it’s time for Fall ideas to Celebrate Mabon with your Family.  This is my FAVOURITE season!  Pumpkin and apple everything time!  Crisp weather, an excuse to wear my favourite sweaters and scarves.  Pumpkin and apple picking.  So much to do and celebrate the Autumn Equinox with my family.

See below for Fall ideas to Celebrate Mabon with your Family including  activities, crafts & recipe ideas.

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Mabon Origins

Mabon has been called the Pagan Thanksgiving by some traditions.  It is the time of year where we celebrate the second harvest festival, the changing of the seasons, and the coming of winter.

Mabon Story

A very common story to be read around this time of year is that of Persephone, Hades, & Demeter. Persephone was kidnapped and taken into the underworld by Hades (Lord of the Underworld), her mother Demeter (Goddess of Harvest & Agriculture) refused to let anything grow until her daughter was returned to her.  Zeus tried to negotiate Persephone’s return but alas, Persephone had already eaten six pomegranate seeds (another reason to NEVER eat the food offered to you by the fae or in another world!  You may get stuck there!).  So Zeus bargained that Persephone could come to the earth at Spring time, when Demeter is so happy all the plants bloom and thrive.  Then at the Autumn Equinox she returns to the underworld and the flowers and plants die until her return in the Spring.

Other similar holidays around this time:

Mabon is also similar to an ancient Greek festival in the Fall called the Eleusinian Mysteries, also based on the story of Persephone.  Harvest Home/ Harvest Festival, Octoberfest, Thanksgiving, Rosh Hashanah,  and Michaelmas are also holiday’s celebrated by different cultures and traditions around the world similar to this time.  This is also a common time of year for fairs to celebrate the end of summer and harvest of Fall as well.

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Ideas to celebrate Mabon with your Family:

  • Prepare for Winter, start stocking up on supplies, getting warmer clothes and prepping the house and yard for the end of the year
  • Have a Bonfire
  • Go Apple picking
  • Visit a Pumpkin Patch
  • Take a Fall walk
  • Drive to see the turning colours of the leaves (try and do two, a before and after drive to really appreciate the changing of the colours)
  • Visit a corn maze and have an adventure
  • Donate to the local food bank
  • Visit your local pagan pride events usually celebrated around Mabon
  • Read your tarot cards to see what the next season has in store for you
  • Do a ritual celebration solo or with family and friends
  • Go on a Fall picnic
  • Read autumn books on pumpkins, apples, leaves, etc.
  • Visit your local animal refuge (zoo, farm, sanctuary, etc.) and see the animals
  • Wear fall colours that correspond with Mabon – brown, green, yellow, orange, & red
  • Pickle, freeze, can, dry, bake foods to prepare for the winter
  • Take a hay ride or wagon ride




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Recipes and food ideas to host a Harvest Feast for Family, Friends, & Neighbours

  • Roast nuts and pumpkin seeds
  • Bake fresh bread & home-made brushetta to serve on top
  • Roasted beets, potatoes & carrots
  • Green bean casserole
  • Squash dishes
  • Scottish Bannocks
  • Chili featuring Autumn harvest foods
  • Tofurkey
  • Roasted pumpkin seeds

Don’t forget the desserts!!  All things apple and pumpkin should be the star of the dish!  Pie, squares, cakes, cookies, muffins, scones, turnovers, donuts, and lots more!

What is your favourite Fall dessert? Please comment below and tell me!

There are lots of Fall drinks to enjoy during your feast too, apple juice, apple cider (alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic), pumpkin juice (Harry Potter much??), Fall sangria, pumpkin spiced lattes, and more!

Why not bake some pumpkin muffins and bring them as a treat to share with your neighbours and friends.  They need never know they were being offered a harvest treat to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

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Crafts & Activities

  • Make a wreath and other decorations for your house and altar
  • Nature mural
  • Apple candle holders
  • Apple crafts – see below for lots of ideas
  • Corn crafts – see below
  • Fall leaves crafts – see below
  • Candle holder – glass jar – tissue papers in the shape of a leaf or real leaves (hope to do this soon stay tuned for my attempts!)

 

 

Coloured Wax Pumpkin - This is super easy and great for teaching kids the quarters and colours. A perfect addition to your Samhain altar.

 

 

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Apple Related Book Crafts

This month for the monthly crafting book club we are doing Apple Related Book Crafts.  With Fall coming it is time to get our apple on!!  If you haven’t heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are a group of bloggers who get together each month and focus on a book to promote for Children’s literacy.  Then we create a craft to go along with the book to read with the kids.  My children look forward to this each month.  They love to read stories, we visit the library each week in the summer and get 20 books to read together with the summer reading program.  It has been a great way to encourage my children to read as many books as possible this summer.

 

Apple Washi Tape Craft

This was a really fun craft that my daughter especially enjoyed.  Something about playing with tape really appeals to kids.  This was easy to do and I was happy with how much they still looked like an apple at the end of the craft.

Materials Needed:

  • Washi tape in colours to reflect apples (we used red, silver, and gold).
  • Construction paper to put the apple on.
  • Scissors for the adult to trim into an apple shape.
  • Brown pompoms for the stem.
  • Green buttons for the stem.
  • Glue gun & glue

How to create it:

  • Draw a rough circle/apple shape on construction paper.
  • Give your children pieces of washi tape cut to roughly the shape of the apple length.
  • Let them decorate it however they think an apple should look.
  • After they finish it you can cut it out and trim it to look like what you think an apple should look like.
  • Let the kids help you glue on the brown pompoms to look like an apple stem.
  • Then they can help you arrange the green buttons in a leaf shape.

Painted Apple Craft

I used to love making hand print crafts with my kids so couldn’t wait to try out painting with them.  My son had just woken up from nap and wasn’t feeling his best so it was not the most successful, but he perked up soon enough and enjoyed himself.  I hit up the Dollarama for all my supplies, no need to spend a lot, you may even have most of it on hand already.

Materials Needed:

  • Red paint
  • small canvas
  • paint brushes
  • green buttons
  • brown pom poms
  • glue gun

 

How to create it:

  • I drew a red circle/apple shape and had my kids help me paint it in.
  • Once it dried they chose out green buttons to shape like a leaf on the apple.
  • Lastly they helped me pick out brown pompoms to make the stem.

 

We borrowed every library book we could find on apples and read them together.  It was a lot of fun!  A very successful Apple themed craft session.

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Here are some of my past Monthly Crafting Book Club activities this year:

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

July – Back to School Themed Books

August – Apple Related Book Crafts

 

Let’s see what the other bloggers came up with this month for their Apple Related Book Crafts:

 

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for September – Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse

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This book has been a favourite of my family for two years now.  Toddlers just LOVE It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff, same series as if You Take A Mouse To School series.  Between the counting, learning facial features, and pumpkin fun my kids squeal with excitement over this book and make me read it over and over again.  Now that my son is almost two (not till Christmas) he adores this book and yells “eek” and “boo” over and over again.

It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse is the book of the month in the Monthly Crafting Book Club for September.  I formed a group of bloggers after Christmas last year who would be interested in participating in a monthly blog series where we all do a craft or activity based on the same book.  It’s been a great success and I have loved to see what everyone comes up with.  If you think you might be interested in joining us join our Facebook Group HERE and check out the upcoming books to see if you would be interested in joining us.  You are not obligated to participate every month and can pick and choose which ones you want to participate in.

 

Check out our past month’s crafts below:

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

 

This month I choose to do pumpkin faces with my kids, a great way to recognize emotion and teach my son matching.

Materials Needed

  • Orange Paint
  • Empty Egg Carton
  • Sharp knife, paint brushes, etc.
  • Markers
  • It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse Book by Laura Numeroff

Instructions

  • Use a knife to cut apart the egg carton.  I find a knife is easier than scissors, but whatever floats you boat.
  • Next I had my kids paint the egg cartons orange.
  • I let them dry overnight (or maybe two until we had time to come back to it).
  • I took the book and copied the faces of the pumpkins onto our egg carton pumpkins.
  • I gave the kids each a marker and the extra egg shell pumpkins and had them decorate as well.

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Put It All Together

We grabbed the book and the egg carton pumpkins and laid them out on the floor so we could see all the faces.  As we read the book we picked out the pumpkin that matched the emotional pumpkin on the page, usually imitating it ourselves.  “This pumpkin is sad”, we all made sad faces and found the sad pumpkin. We did this for the whole book until we matched all the pumpkin faces to the right page.

 

And repeat!

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The kids loved doing this, it was super easy, they got to get messy (always a favourite), and read a book together which is also fun.  By incorporating a the book with a craft it encourages them to read more, they are more likely to remember it with the craft, and it prolongs the story and makes It more enjoyable for them.  We love reading in this house and I want to foster that love and make it as interactive as possible to further their interest in reading.

 

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How to Make an Outdoor Mabon Altar

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Mabon around the corner!  Fall is by far my favorite season, my favourite sabbat, Mabon is also in Fall.  If you are looking for tips on how to make an outdoor mabon altar to help bring your practice to your backyard then look no further!  I have a huge tree with tons of squirrels in my backyard, and two young kids, so everything has to be safe for fur and human baby alike, festive, and fun.  Here are some tips on how to make an outdoor altar, or just a fun place outside to celebrate the changing of the seasons and Fall.

Step 1

First you need to choose a location, not the busiest location, but not hidden in the back as you want a chance to enjoy it right?  Choose a place in sight, but not high traffic area.

Step 2

Decide on your materials.  Here are some fun things to incorporate into a Mabon Altar:

  • Apples
  • Pumpkins
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Pine Cones
  • Acorns
  • Candles
  • Herbs
  • Statues
  • Fairies
  • Representatives for the elements: water, incense, candles, soil, etc.

Step 3

Plan your set up, are you placing it right on the ground?  On a stump, rock?  A little table?  Pick your location and start planning how you want to set it up.

Step 4

Enlist the help of your kids to help you set it up (don’t worry once they get bored you can always re-do it afterwards) getting them involved in your family Mabon Altar is half the fun!  Explain to them why you are making it, for us we are saying goodbye to summer and hello to Fall.  We are celebrating the second harvest festival and gearing up to Mabon.

Step 5

Leave an offering.  This is the fun part, get the kids to help choose.  It can be as simple as an apple, or as elaborate as getting them to help bake a baked good using some harvest foods.  For a delicious Pumpkin Muffin recipe the kids are sure to love click here.  I like to enclude a beverage too, apple cider is the best (non-alcoholic of course), or milk or water will work too.  We like to say a quick thanks to the God and Goddess for their ambundent harvest before leaving the offering on the altar.

Step 6

Come back and visit often.  Leave more offerings (food or items), tidy up, and refresh with some nice energy.  You can chant some fall chants.  We like Hoof and Horn (click here to see it) to raise up some energy or use your song as an offering.

My kids had a lot of fun making the altar.  I keep finding random objects on it, pictures, special (to them) stones, sticks, etc.  It’s a really fun way to get them involved.  My yard squirrels are loving the apples too!

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Apple Matching

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This is a really cute, easy fun activity to make for your toddler.  It teaches them colour matching, fine motor skills, and independent play.

To make this activity I used:

  • Cookie Sheet from Dollarama
  • Red & Green pompoms
  • Brown and Green construction paper
  • Green and red silicone cups

How to do the activity:

I cut the brown construction paper into a tree trunk and the green into the main part of the tree.  I then taped it to the cookie sheet.  I scattered the pompoms on the tree to resemble apples and put out two silicone muffin wrappers so Bee could match the colour with the pompoms to sort them.

It worked really well.  Honestly I did not even know she was capable of doing something like this yet, I was pretty impressed she was able to sit still and match all the pompoms on her own.

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Apple Crafts & Activites

Apple Crafts & Activities - Apples provide an opportunity to do tons of fun apple crafts and activities to help teach children more and make it into something educational.

Apples are a staple in our fall activities.  I like to incorporate as many apple related things into our schedule as possible.  I love doing Apple crafts and activities to help teach the kids more and make it into something fun. Apple Crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers in the Fall is a big part of celebrating Fall and Mabon to us.

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Here are some of the apple activities we did:

Apple bowling

Apple Bowling

This one was really entertaining.  We painted some toilet paper rolls red to kind of look like apples then rolled apples into the rolls to knock them down.

 

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Apple Matching

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This one was a fun easy activity for a toddler to do.

Apple Puzzle Piece Craft

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I did this as part of a wreath but it is super cute and would look great on it’s own.

Felt Board Autumn Tree

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This is an easy fall felt tree craft to make for your toddler.  I added apples on there so she could play apple tree and fall leaves.

Apple paper plate craft

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Mabon Printable

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Although, not just apples, there are apples in here so I thought I would include it anyway.

Painting Apple Shapes with Cookie Cutters

Apple Cookie Cutter Painting

This was a lot of fun and a big hit with Bee.  I took apple cookie cutters and gave her red paint to dip them in, then had her use them like stamps.  Super easy and quick and went over well.

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We also did another similar one, take anything circular, I used the screw parts of a mason jar then had Bee dip it in red paint then press the circles on a paper.  After it dried I used markers to make a stem and leaf and then had her colour it red.

Apple Crafts & Activities - Apples provide an opportunity to do tons of fun apple crafts and activities to help teach children more and make it into something educational.

Some other ideas for apple-related activities are:

  • Apple picking
  • Paint with apple stamps (cut apple in half and dip in paint)
  • Bake something with apples
  • Bobbing for apples
  • Eating apples

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What are your favourite apple crafts and activities?
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Felt Board Autumn Tree

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I saw the idea of a felt board and loved it immediately.  Anything that can keep my kids occupied for any length of time is awesome in my opinion.  I decided to try making a tree to go with fall and teach her about leaves and the changing of colours.

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Materials Needed:

I hit up Dollarama for a cheap cookie sheet, then Micheals for some felt in multiple colours.

Now What?

I used a glue gun to glue a large piece of felt onto the cookie sheet.

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I used some brown felt to cut out a tree trunk with some branches.  Then using yellow, green, and orange I cut out leaves in varying shapes and sizes and used the red to make a few apples.

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Play Time

That’s it!  Super simple!  Next was the test, I set it up for Bee and asked her if she knew what it was, yay she said tree!!  Score!  That means my cutting was obvious, sometimes my crafting masterpieces are not always easy to identify so I was excited she could tell what it was.  She enjoyed playing with it and I had a few minutes to check my email and drink a coffee.  I count this activity a success in my books!

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Pom Pom Pumpkin Craft

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My daughter is really into pumpkins right now.  We made a two-stage pumpkin paper plate craft to go with the pumpkin theme.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper Plate
  • Brown pipe cleaner
  • Green ribbon
  • Orange pom poms
  • Orange paint
  • Glue, paint brushes, and paint plate for paint

 

Pom Pom Pumpkin

How to Make It:

First we painted it orange then let it dry.  I let her do it her way so the plate looks just like a toddler painted it (aka tons of white spots), but she did it herself and that was more important to me.

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After letting it dry, we practiced more painting skills by painting glue on the plate, then sticking orange pom poms on it.  After she was tired of gluing, she picked a ribbon for the leaf and helped me twist a brown pipe cleaner to use as the stem.

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Leaf Handprint Tree

I love handprint crafts.  The reminder and view of my children’s adorable little hands just melts me.  I jump at all the ideas for handprint crafts, particularly seasonal.  I love using their hand prints for leaves and wanted to try making a wreath out of it using a paper plate.

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Materials needed:

  • Construction paper in multiple colours for leafs (I used red, green, yellow, and orange)
  • A paper plate
  • Glue (I used a glue gun)
  • Scissors and crayon
  • Brown paper or cardboard for the tree

How to do it:

I used the crayon to trace their hands (crayon doesn’t leave marks on them) then cut them out.

TIP: if you stack multiple papers (I used orange, red, and yellow) together when cutting you only have to cut once and it saves time.

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This was my first time doing Po’s handprint so I was ridiculously excited about it.  His little hands are so cute!

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After cutting out the hand leaves, I used a glue gun to glue it onto a paper plate, I used my toddlers hand prints with the bright colours around the outside and the small baby green ones in the centre, making it look more like a tree.

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Next I cut a small leaf out of the brown and a large trunk.  Glued it all together and I have a beautiful handprint tree!

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