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Did you catch the Harvest Moon over the weekend? The night sky is so fascinating and it's so fun to learn about it and enjoy it on a clear night. We combined our interest in the night sky with a classic game for some homemade tic tac toe fun!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Paint 
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Cardstock
  • Ruler
  • Glue

Step 1: Cut a square from cardboard and paint (we mixed together black and dark blue paint). Allow to dry.

Step 2: Measure and mark 1/3 and 2/3 sections on each side.

Step 3: Cut a small portion of cardboard at each of the sections marked in Step 2.

Step 4: Cut yarn and wind into each of the sections cut in Step 4 to create lines for the tic tac toe board.

Step 5: Trace circles (we used a glass) and cut out of cardstock.

Step 6: Glue cardstock circles to cardboard (we used thinner cardboard from a cereal box). Once glue is dry, cut out circles.

Step 7: Cut three of the circles in half to create half moons. Leave the rest for full moons. It's time to play full moon vs. half moon in tic tac toe!

 

Isn't it so fun how shapes can be made into different shapes? Take a square and turn it into two triangles. Or, making three triangles from a rectangle! This apple is made from an assortment of simple shapes - rectangles, triangles and squares. Sort the shapes, count the shapes - so many activities to go along with this simple craft!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Paint cardboard red and allow to dry. (We used a box we were going to recycle anyway.)

Step 2: Cut cardboard into simple geometric shapes. (Adult)

Step 3: Glue shapes into a larger apple shape.

Step 4: Cut two triangles from cardboard. Paint green and allow to dry. Cut one rectangle from cardboard and leave unpainted.

Step 5: Glue green triangle leaves and rectangle stem to top of apple.

 

Warm colors, cooler weather, pumpkin flavored treats, it's just about time to say hello again to Autumn. The leaves haven't yet started turning their brilliant Autumn colors but since it is September - practically Fall - we couldn't wait! Make several and string these leaves together for a seasonal garland!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Yarn in multiple colors
  • Single Hole Punch

Create It!

Step 1: From cardboard, cut the shape of a leaf.

Step 2: Punch holes around the edge or tips of the leaf.

Step 3: Tie a piece of yarn to the back of the cardboard leaf.

Step 4: Create a string art pattern by threading the yarn through the punched holes. Repeat with as many colors as your wish.

Step 5: Wrap yarn around the stem and secure with knot in back.

So many varieties of leaves and so many color combinations - not to mention easy set up and clean up - make this a fun invitation to create this season!

"Can we get a dog?" This has been a very popular question around here for the past several years. While we aren't planning to get one in the near future, perhaps someday, we did have fun creating these Scottie dogs with textured coats!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Pom Poms
  • Plastic Knife and/or Fork
  • Glue

Create it!

Step 1: Draw a dog on cardboard and cut out.

Step 2: Add blobs of paint to top portion of cardboard dog and use plastic knife/fork to scrape the paint onto the cardboard, creating a lined texture.

Step 3: Allow the paint to dry.

Step 4: Cut a portion of the pipe cleaner and glue on as dog's collar.

Step 5: Glue pom poms onto pipe cleaner for a finishing touch.

These would be fun with bow ties or hats too! And eyes! So many possibilities!