Johnny Appleseed Day: Handprint Apple Tree


September 26 is Johnny Appleseed Day. Make this apple tree craft while you talk about the story of Johnny Appleseed. If you like this craft, check out our Seasonal Handprint Trees - another "hands-on" Fall craft.

What You’ll Need:
*White heavyweight paper
*Brown construction paper
*Red paper
*Scissors
*Glue
*Marker
*Green paint

Preparation:

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Rosh Hashanah Apple Card

Learn about and celebrate the Jewish New Year.

What You’ll Need:
*Construction paper: black, red, yellow, green, white
*Pencil
*Red tissue paper
*Brown & green markers, colored pencils, or crayons
*Scissors
*Glue
*Apple slices
*Honey

Preparation:
*Talk to your child about the holiday Rosh Hashanah: the Jewish New Year.

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Book Club: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom & Craft

Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – the classic story of alphabet letters meeting in a coconut tree. But what happens when the tree gets too heavy? Find out and then make Handprint Palm Tree craft. This book also provides a good opportunity to work with children on letter identification. If you like this craft, check out our Letter Dominos game.

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Counting Book

Create a counting book with these awesome paper bag books! If you like this craft, check out our Create a Storybook post which gives you more suggestions for how to use these great books.

What You’ll Need:
*4 Brown or White paper bags (lunch bag size)
*Construction paper
*Crayons
*Stickers/old magazines
*Scissors
*Glue
*Ribbon
*Hole Punch

Preparation:

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Snack Time: Fruit Stackers


Start with a mini rice cake. Add a layer of fruit-flavored cream cheese. Top with a slice of your favorite fruit. VOILA!! A quick snack your kids can make themselves and are sure to love. Check back every Thursday in September for a fun, healthy snack you and the kids can put together after school.

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Cuff Bracelets


Reuse old sweatshirts and add a fashionable accessory to your back-to-school wardrobe. If you like this craft, check out our Flower Pattern shirt - another great way to reuse old or stained clothes.

What You’ll Need:
*Old sweatshirts or other long-sleeve shirts with a cuff
*Scissors
*Buttons, fabric scraps, beads, etc.
*Fabric Glue or needle & thread

Preparation:

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Clock Craft


Practice telling time with your child. Start by making this simple clock together. If you like this craft, check out our What's the Weather? craft - another simple craft to help your child learn about the weather.

What You’ll Need:
*Large paper plate
*Large brad fastener
*Craft foam or construction paper
*Pencil
*Hole Punch
*Scissors
*Number Stickers, optional
*Marker

Preparation:

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Letter Dominos


Practice matching lower case and upper case letters with this fun game. If you like this craft, try our Lego Blocks Words & Sentences Game.

What You’ll Need:
*Cardstock or construction paper
*Pencil
*Marker
*Scissors
*Glue
*Cardboard (empty cereal boxes)
*Contact paper, optional

Preparation:

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Practice Telling Time (9/18)


Use our simple clock craft and spend some time practicing how to read a clock.

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Snack Time: Cupcake Tin Variety Pack


Are you tired of the kids coming back to you after each snack saying they're still hungry? Get out a cupcake tin and fill it with 6 healthy options -- fruit, pretzels, cheese, veggie straws, etc. Put on the kitchen table. Tell the kids they can eat as much of those snacks as they want, and pick whichever ones they want, but once the cupcake tin is empty...no more snacking! A great way to teach them about portion size and healthy snack options. Check back every Thursday in September for a fun, healthy snack you and the kids can put together after school.

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