Fall is in the air in Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, and we’ve already started making tons of creative fall crafts!
To create this fall leaf craft for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students, I picked some leaves from my yard. My students made foxes just like this using different colored leaves. The fox head was made out of a maple leaf. The fox ears were made out of rose leaves, and the nose was made out of a clover leaf. The students added some stickers for the eyes. For older students, you could have them make all sorts of different animals out of leaves.
Fall Tree Craft
Another easy fall craft is making a fall tree craft out of pretzels and crumpled pieces of tissue paper. Each student glued a pretzel rod to a piece of paper to make the tree trunk. Then they glued smaller pretzel sticks coming out of the tree trunk to create the branches. The leaves were made out of small pieces of tissue paper in all the warm fall colors-orange, red, and yellow. See more fall activities and ideas here.
Have you started thinking about Halloween decorations for the classroom yet? If you have leftover border trim around, this easy hanging pumpkin lantern is a great way to transition your classroom into October.
(3) 36” Orange Border Trim
(1) Green Border Trim
1) Cut your orange border trim into the following strips:
-13 inches (x2)
-11 inches (x2)
-9 inches (x2)
-8 inches (x1)
2) Stack the border strips altogether. The 8” strip would be in the center and then sandwich them from shortest strip to longest strip. Push the stack of strips down to make the pumpkin shape and staple. Push the bottom strip up and staple.
3) Draw or trace two leaves using green border trim and secure to the top of the pumpkin with glue.
4) Attach a piece of ribbon (brown burlap ribbon looks great) and hang a bunch of pumpkins lanterns from the ceiling.
These border trim pumpkin lanterns are also a great craft for students. Each student can make their own pumpkin lantern so you can use them to hang them above their desk or students can take them home to their parents. For more Halloween classroom crafts see our Halloween Classroom Ideas Board on Pinterest.
Many teachers know that manipulatives are helpful for teaching math to kids, especially younger kids. Using physical objects is a hands-on approach to learning math that helps kids develop math concepts. Pairing number spinners with counters is a great way to teach math by allowing kids to problem solve and count. Here are some great math games to play using math manipulatives and number spinners.
Addition & Subtraction Manipulative Games for Pre-K, Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Practice basic addition and subtraction facts by having students spin a number spinner, this will be the first value. Then have the students spin again on another number spinner, this is the second value. Have the students subtract the second number from the first. Have the students state their answers and show them using counters.
Here’s another game you can play using number spinners:
Number Sense and Place Value Game for 2nd – 3rd Grade
Have students practice spinning any of the number spinners and then call out the number they land on. Students can write the number down in word form, to practice the correlation between the word and the numeral representation.
Have students practice this with larger numbers, asking them to spin twice or even three times to make two-and-three-digit numbers. For example, if a student spins three times, and first spins a 3, then a 6, then a 9, he or she should write down the number 369.
Then have them write “three hundred sixty-nine” next to the numerals. Have students practice comparing different numbers they spin. If they first spin the above number (369), then an 8, a 2, and a 1, student should write: 369<821.