Tuesday, November 2, 2010

FALLING LEAVES




Here's what you'll need...
• Printed Falling Leaves Template
http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/support-files/fallingleaves.pdf
• Construction paper
• Sandwich-size zip-lock baggie
• Hole punch
• Scissors
• Glue
• Markers or crayons

1. Cut out the falling leaves scene and color the tree trunks brown and the grass green.

2. Cut out small squares of red, orange and yellow paper. Glue them onto the tree. The easiest and quickest way to do this is to spread glue all over tree and stick on each "leaf". I laid the 3 pieces of paper one on top of the other and cut out about 6 strips, then held the thick stack of strips one on top of the other and cut into small squares.

3. With a hole punch make a bunch of yellow, red and orange circles. I folded each remaining square of paper into 4ths, as if folding together a homemade card and did the hole punch in two rows on all 4 sides of each foled piece of paper. (I think I made too many so going around once may be fine) Put paper circles into your baggie. Seal the bag, but make sure you don't squeeze out all of the air or the leaves won't fall right. Test the leaves, you can add more or less air to your bag if you need to (more air makes them fall faster, less air makes them fall slower).



4. Get all the paper circles into the center of the bag. Sandwich the baggie between the two papers by spreading glue along the edges of the baggie, front and back. Also spread glue on the outer edges of the paper window. The blue rectangle is glued behind the baggie, and the fall trees is glued on the front. Trim the blue backing around the baggie.

Now shake your fall scene and watch the leaves fall!

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