If you’ve been following along this week, you’ve likely seen our leaf maze and our roadways in the leaves,. We’ve been making the most of our crisp, dry fall weather this week, and enjoying plenty of leaf play!
Yesterday, we made a simple fall tree hand craft using wallpaper samples and tissue paper. Free wall paper samples and tissue paper are two of my favourite inexpensive crafting materials!
First we looked through our wallpaper sample books and each Hooligans picked out a piece of brown paper to have their arm and hand traced onto. If you’re new around here, and haven’t heard me sing the praises of my wallpaper samples, let me fill you in: I ask at my local paint/paper shop if I can have their expired wallpaper sample books. They’re always happy to to hand them over rather than throw them in the trash.
After tracing, the hooligans glued their hand trees onto some cardboard and then decorated them with colourful squares of crumpled tissue paper. I LOVE crafting with tissue paper. It’s a simple and inexpensive material that provides a satisfying sensory and fine motor experience for little hands. The children have to separate the squares of tissue paper which is great for fine motor skills, and they love to crumple and crunch their squares before gluing them onto a project. Thrifty tip: baby showers are a great place to acquire a ton of tissue paper. I’ve walked out of some showers with a garbage bag full of tissue paper that was going to be thrown in the trash. I rarely have to buy any for crafting