Preschool students absolutely love arts and crafts. Crafts are a great way to engage their minds as well as their hands, and they allow children to think creatively while also giving them a chance to have some fun during the school day.
If you’re looking for a way to stimulate your Montessori preschool student’s mind this fall, then consider stopping by the local craft store and grabbing some seasonal supplies for your little one. There are several easy and fun craft ideas your Montessori preschool student can enjoy this season:
If you have some paper, glue, and nearby nature, then this fall craft won’t cost you a dime. Take your child for a walk and collect any sticks, acorns, pine cones, leaves, and other bits and pieces of autumn you can find to bring home with you.
Once you’ve gathered your supplies, lay out some white paper and help your child use the pieces of nature you collected to make leaf faces on the paper. When your child has completed their creation, you can glue it all together for display.
Paper Plate Jack-o’-Lantern
For this craft, you will need:
- A paper plate
- Craft glue
- Orange and yellow tissue paper
- Black paper of any kind
- A green pipe cleaner
- A paintbrush
Start by turning the paper plate bottom-side up and then drizzling it with glue. Give your child the paintbrush and let them spread the glue, and then have them tear up bits of the tissue paper and cover the plate in them entirely.
When the plate is covered, place some more glue on the tissue paper for the jack-o’-lantern’s eyes, nose, and mouth. Then, you can either cut out pieces of black paper for your child, or help them use a safe pair of scissors to do it themselves. Glue the pieces onto the jack-o’-lantern’s face.
For the finishing touches, wrap the green pipe cleaner around your finger to coil it, and then let your little one glue it on top.
There are many fall handprint crafts, but a handprint tree is one of the simplest and most adorable of them all. Also, this craft shares supplies used in the other crafts, so you can potentially do all three.
For your handprint tree, you’ll need:
- Tissue paper in autumn colors
- Brown and white construction paper
- A paintbrush
Start by tracing your child’s hand and forearm on brown paper, and then helping them cut it out and glue it onto white paper. Then, tear the tissue paper into little leaf shapes, and use a mod podge (combination of glue and water) to paint the paper leaves onto the tree and the ground beneath it.
You can even add leaves falling from the tree to create some action in your autumnal image.
Making the Most of Your Child’s Creativity
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