31 Days of Halloween–Project 14

Another crazy weekend of photography for me, so I’m falling behind on my posts! However, we will persevere! Today, we are going to do some printmaking! You will need potatoes, paint ( I used orange and black, because of fast-approaching Halloween), paper, and small, sharp knives.

Small children will need an adult to actually cut the potato for them. My older kids–11 & 13, loved cutting their own potatoes for printing. First, slice the potato in half carefully, making a flat cut surface for your “stencil”. Then, come up with a plan. Are you going to make jack-o-lantern faces? My boys liked doing this, and, in fact, that was ALL they did.

So, play around with the potato and your knife, cutting out eyes, nose, mouth, and any other details. Obviously, the larger the potato, the larger and more easily you can cut your shapes. Our potatoes were not huge, but each potato “stamp” only took a few minutes to complete.

We then painted the surface of each potato stamp with whatever color we wanted to use.

Then, grab some colorful paper and stamp away! Experiment a bit with each stamp–because of variations in the cuts, each will require different amounts of paint, and different amounts of pressure.

Do NOT expect “perfection” from any one stamp or print. Have FUN with this! You can create Halloween cards for friends, stamp on fabric, or just make a whole lot of fun designs on paper!

And the magical part of all of this is that when you are done, you can THROW the potatoes away! This little project is quick, fun, and works with any theme or holiday. Experiment with different fruits and vegetables as well.

Check out my new children’s book,  I HATE HALLOWEEN, which can be purchased here, and visit Bug Summer on Facebook and post pix of your own Halloween art projects here!  Have a tremendous day!

31 Days of Halloween–Project 13–TGIF!

Today, after puppet making and photographic tinting, we are doing something simple! How about a Halloween crossword puzzle for the lil’ ones, based upon my book I HATE HALLOWEEN, which can be purchased here! Perfect for a little holiday fun without a major investment in time, supplies, or clean-up! Click the link below, print it out, grab a pencil and GO!

I HATE HALLOWEEN Puzzle

For those of you who don’t have the book, you may look it up an online pdf here to give you some hints!

See you tomorrow with another art project celebrating Halloween! You will need potatoes. That is the only hint I’m giving today! Look us up on Facebook here and like our page! Have a GREAT Friday!

31 Days of Halloween–Project 12

Have you seen black and white photographs with little “pops” of color added back in for accent? They are very popular, and as pro photographer, I perform “digital tinting” all the time. However, before there were computers, Photoshop, digital cameras, or even color film, folks wanted pictures with color in them. And the photographer would print a black and white image on special paper and use transparent oil paints to add flesh tones, eye color, tint clothing, and anything else they felt needed that little pop. I still perform “hand-tinting” today. It’s definitely a high level skill, especially with oil colors and large sized prints. However, it is a very fun activity for kids and adults alike when doing it on a smaller, more personal scale.

Today you will need a variety of colored pencils, and a black and white photograph printed on matte surface paper or cardstock. I’m including two Halloween photographs of Soda Pop, ready to print out that will be foldable into blank, 5×7″ greeting cards.

(Soda Pop is the star of my book, I HATE HALLOWEEN, which may be purchased here, AND the inspiration for my 31 Days of Halloween projects.) Print them on matte surface cardstock at the highest print quality. Let them sit for a couple hours or even a day before you begin tinting the photos to give the printer ink some time to dry and become permanent.

Now, the next part is easy-peasy. Simply pick some colored pencils, and get to coloring!

Use light pressure and build up your tones gradually.

Have fun making realistic colors, or go crazy and surreal, using weird colors in weird places.

Children especially have fun with this activity—give them black and white photos of relatives and they will have a BALL!

And for the adults who want to really take their time, feel free to explore this art form more thoroughly. There are pencils made especially for photo tinting, as well as a line of markers, and of course, photo oils for the advanced artist.

Have fun with this, and check us out on Facebook at Bug Summer here. Become a fan and post some of your own creative fall projects!

31 Days of Halloween–Project 11

Today is totally a Soda Pop day. For those of you who don’t know, Soda Pop is the star of my book, I HATE HALLOWEEN, which may be purchased here, AND the inspiration for my 31 Days of Halloween projects. He is a black cat with attitude. Today, we are going to make something that all children (and many adults) get a kick out of–puppets. Soda Pop puppets.

The supplies you will need are black felt–I got 9×12 sheets of it at the craft store. 2 sheets per puppet. You will also need a hot glue gun (for easy assembly), or craft glue (if you’re patient) OR needle and thread or sewing machine (if you want to be a perfectionist, which I am NOT). And then whatever kind of supplies you want to use to put eyes on your puppet, or any other decorations that you think Soda Pop would enjoy wearing on his person.

Here is a printable stencil pattern to get you started with your Soda Pop puppet.

Print it out, cut it out, lay it down on the felt and cut around it. DON’T cut out the eyes in the felt.  The eye marks on the stencil are there for guidelines for eye placement.   I was able to cut 2 sheets of felt at a time, but one at a time is fine. Young kids will most definitely need help with the cutting and glueing of this little guy.

After you get two Soda Pop cut outs done, it is time to add facial features/decorations or whatever else you can think of on the front of your puppet. My kids chose paint for the eyes. On your stencil, please note the two eyes delineated there. If you have a craft knife, you can cut those eyes out and have openings which you can overlay on top of the felt use as guides to paint/draw/sew your eyes on. You could also cut other pieces out of colored felt and glue them on for the eyes. How about button eyes?  Sequins?  Diamonds?  Hey, go for it.  Here you can see one of my boys painting the eyes on through his stencil.

Of course, you may ALWAYS freehand the eyes and facial features, which is what I did.  I added a nose, mouth, and paws, but you don’t need to.  The REAL Soda Pop’s features are totally black, so do whatever YOU like.

After you apply whatever decoration to Soda’s face/body, you may need to let any paint/glue dry.  Then it is time to attach the front and back cut outs together. I chose hot glue, because I feel it is magic. Really. Yes, you can burn the you-know-what out of yourself, but it is so darn FAST! Or you can use craft glue, if you have a couple hours.  OR, you can use needle and thread to sew the two pieces together, or even a sewing machine. Now, you will glue or sew the two pieces together, keeping the glue/stitches about 1/4″ from the edge, ALL the way around EXCEPT for the bottom of the puppet, where your hand is going to go.  Sew or glue right sides OUT, so there is NO “turning” of the puppet when you are done. It is simply finished with stitching (if you chose to sew) visible.  You will end up with a cat-shaped glove.

My kids love puppets. Even my teenagers, which some may find weird. Personally, I think it is one of the most creative things you can guide your children to make.  And there are people who make their livings doing things like puppetry (Jim Henson, anyone?). Not only do you MAKE something with your hands, but then you can create an entire world of activities/stories/songs/plays, whatever, that are all about the puppet you just made. I’m thinking about making felt “costumes” for my Soda Pop puppet, so he can be just as disgruntled as a puppet as he is when I dress him up in real life.

I am having my two homeschooled boys write stories about what their particular puppets do during the course of an average day. One boy named his puppet Cat Man (feline superhero). The other kid named his Just Regular Cat. I’m interested to read the stories they come up with, and I imagine they will be TOTALLY different, as my boys are themselves. ( I think another fun activity would be to have your Soda Pop puppet read I HATE HALLOWEEN to your children!) You can also have children write poetry, or even a play featuring the puppet.  Make more than one puppet if you like, in different colors.  Make different KINDS of puppets—cats aren’t the only critter out there.

 

Have fun with this, and check us out on Facebook at Bug Summer here. Become a fan and post some of your own creative fall projects!

31 Days of Halloween–Day 9

I need to preface this post with a personal note.  Like everyone else, I have big goals–posting every day for 31 days was one of them.  And last week, between 5 days of little or NO internet, my burgeoning fall photography jobs, and, last, but definitely NOT least, a couple personal things that came up, I simply didn’t post.  Not only didn’t I post, but I didn’t do IDEA generation on posts, or projects, or writing towards the blog (which I normally do so I’m ahead).  However, it is a new week, I’m still excited about Halloween, and I believe that we can get 31 posts up this month!  So, here we go!

Today is another fun, easy day in Halloween arts and crafts! All you need are some rounded rocks, paint, brushes, and of course, children.

Kids love to paint. For some reason, sliming their brushes around in sloppy, goopy paint and then making gooey marks with it on paper is one of the highlights of their lives–perhaps, because adults HATE paint. Paint, after all, is messy. It can ruin clothes, carpet, and furniture, and, as an adult, painting is a chore that we must do around our house, forget about being ARTY with it. But whatever the reason, kids find paint magical.

Kids also love rocks. They love to examine them, feel their shapes, learn about their composition, and, if not supervised, they will often find a rock that fits oh-so-perfectly in their palm and they will THROW it, causing possible property loss and/or emergency room visits.   Adults cringe when boisterous children pick up rocks.

So, I thought, why not combine the two—paint and rocks!  Give the kiddos something to do that they will find enchanting, and might make an additional, non-violent use for rocks.  Of course, because paint is involved, it will still be messy.  But, we are all adults here–we can get over it, right?  And, if it’s a warm day, the kids can paint outside.

So, here is the art part—get some paint, acrylic craft paint is fine.  Brushes are important as well, and they will probably need fine tipped brushes.  And let those kiddos create their own set of miniature jack-o-lanterns out of the rocks!  When they are finished, depending upon the age of the child, they may look NOTHING like recognizeable “faces” on pumpkins.  But, I guarantee it—the kids will be THRILLED!

Wash the rocks and dry them.  Let them air dry a little longer if you can.  Then, have the children slop on a base coat of paint, most probably orange.

This then needs to dry before they put on the faces, so send them out to play or something.  Then, give them whatever other colors of paint you have and let them go to town—my kids chose purple and yellow for their faces.

Depending upon the opacity of the paint, you may need to do a second coat both for the base and for the faces–you will have to be the judge.  You can also give them black permanent markers to do the face work, whichever they are most comfortable with.  Then, you may clear coat them with an acrylic spray, if you like, and display them.

Do NOT get hung up on how pretty the pumpkins are, or how perfect the faces are.  That is the WRONG direction for this project.

Not sure WHAT this face is, but I LIKE it!

Remember, with kids (and with beginning adults) it is about process, not product.  The children will be happy with their results, guaranteed.  Do not put your own “stuff” on that, saying it isn’t perfect just the way it is painted.

You can do internet image searches and find beautiful art pieces made of painted rocks.  And if you are tempted to pick up this hobby as an adult, go for it, and feel free to strive for the absolute BEST painted rock portrait you can.  That isn’t what this project is about for the kiddos, however.  It is for exactly this reason I didn’t go ahead and do a rock myself.  I didn’t want to get caught up in the perfection game, which I automatically revert to when doing my own art.  The children don’t need to carry my baggage.

Have fun with this—search for rocks, paint them, put faces on them.  Be free.  Be easy.  And come back tomorrow!  We will be doing more Halloween art!

Please see my new children’s book, “I HATE HALLOWEEN”, which can be purchased here. It’s a very funny book, and features my cat, Soda Pop on every page.  Please find Bug Summer on Facebook here, and become a fan–post pictures of your own Halloween projects there as well!

31 Days of Halloween–Day 8

Happy Monday, creative people! And because it is Monday, I am feeling not-so-ambitious. I spend every weekend, all weekend (in the autumn season, at least) doing professional photo sessions, so, by Monday, I’m a tired baby. So, today I am going to “phone it in” so to speak, and offer up some fun downloadable  note cards with some goals for using them, that I hope I myself can follow.

First up is Soda Pop in his mask. I love this shot. It is one of my favorite for the book I HATE HALLOWEEN (which you can purchase here) and I’m seriously considering making room for a nice canvas print of this one for my wall. Soda just looks so mysterious in his mask, and I love the green and black color palette.  All the notecards are sized 4×5 to fit in invitation envelopes.  They will print out 5×8, and you fold them in half on the top of the image.

Next is my jack-o-lantern illustration from (guess what) I HATE HALLOWEEN. As far as illustrations go, this one is in my top ten. I love the way the color in the shot is focused on the cut-out portions of the pumpkins, just as it would be if it were Halloween night and we were out walking the streets with our bags of candy dangling by our sides.

The third one is also from the book, and it is the cover shot. When I was a little girl, I loved kitties, but I could never have one because we had an allergic family member. But I simply LOVED them. So, one Halloween, I asked my mom if I could make a kitty cat jack-o-lantern, and she helped me map it out on the pumpkin. Every year, to get in touch with the little-girl-Tracy, I make sure I cut a kitty cat jack-o-lantern using virtually the same design as I did back then, and this one is it. I hadn’t planned on using the photo as the book cover. I rather thought I would use an illustration of sorts. But, when it was all said and done, and I was looking through sketches of work that I might use, the photo of the kitty-lantern kept coming to mind, and I decided it was the perfect fit for the book. When I saw it printed full size on my first book shipment, I have to say I agree with my decision wholeheartedly.


So, now you have 3 pieces of “stationery”.  Print them out on high quality cardstock, matte photo paper or even a glossy or luster photo paper at the highest print quality. Now, what to do with them?
Write. Write a letter to someone you need to talk to, but haven’t made the time. Write to someone to say thank-you for something that meant a lot to you. Write to just say “hello”, or “Happy Birthday” or “Happy Halloween”. It doesn’t matter who you write to, really, or what the message is, but put pen to paper and write something to someone, slap a stamp on it and send it the old fashioned way. I still get a thrill when I receive a 1st class letter addressed to me in flowing handwriting, and I bet you do too. I don’t take the time to do this the way I should.

I think it is the rare person who writes letters these days, and a stamp, even at 45 cents, is a bargain. In the days of unlimited calling plans, poorly spelled emails and even worse, abbreviated texting, a letter is a rarity, a precious thing that is so tangible. I have a letter from my Grandmother, a couple years before her death from dementia, and it means so much to me to have that little piece of her, such a PERSONAL thing created by her flowing hand. We need to give that gift to people as often as we can. So, print out these cards. Write a note on them, or, maybe, better yet, write the note on a separate sheet and tuck it inside so the card is more like a GIFT to the other person. You could even go so far as to double your money and stick a self-addressed stamped envelope in there as well, so you can be almost assured of receiving a reply. I’m going to start doing this—and including my kids as well. I’m even thinking about having a “correspondence hour” once a week, where everyone in our family creates little letters for others, and drops them in the mail with no thought of getting something back. Our children have missed the magic of opening the mailbox and finding something special in there just for them. I want them to have it.
So, take these cards, download them, save them, print them out for your own personal letter writing campaign. Get a pen that feels good and right when you grasp it in your fingers and communicate in that beautifully archaic language, the handwritten word. I’m going to do it right now.

All images featured today are from “I HATE HALLOWEEN”, which can be purchased here. It’s a very funny book, and features my cat, Soda Pop on every page.  Please find Bug Summer on Facebook here, and become a fan–post pictures of your own Halloween projects there as well!
Until tomorrow…

31 Days Of Halloween–Day 6

Good Morning!  I have set myself the challenge of coming up with a new art/craft/writing project for each day of the month of October, all of them celebrating the spooky vibe that permeates my favorite month. I’m also celebrating my favorite black cat, Soda Pop, who is the disgruntled main character in my new children’s book “I HATE HALLOWEEN”, which can be purchased here.

This is the first “weekend edition” of our Halloween creativity, and I think this one will be a 2 part-er. Today is a fun activity, very portable for kids and adults alike, and one that is extremely popular in art circles. Tomorrow will be how I “package” that activity in a pretty way that makes it accessible to all the dwellers in our home, as well as the folks who visit us. So, let’s get started with Art Trading Cards!

Little Art is AWESOME!

An Art Trading Card, or ATC, is a miniature piece of art, sized 2.5″x3.5″, (the size of traditional sports cards) done with any medium–paint, pencil, collage, pastel, ink, etc.–made specifically to trade with other artists. I know they are sellable, but the Zen of the idea is an exchange of creativity between two people. And, as it so happens, I have an ATC “station” in my home, where my kids and myself display our cards, and there are supplies for making MORE cards. That way, when a visitor comes in, if they want a card, they are welcome to take it for their own, as long as they then replace it with a card of their own creation. It’s a lot of fun to encourage people that maybe don’t consider themselves “arty” to see what they come up with. Today, the focus is on the cards, however. Tomorrow, we will talk about our ATC Station.

First off, I start by chopping up cardstock, tagboard, or heavy art paper into 2.5″x3.5″ rectangles. These are the ATCs.  You may also visit an art supply store–one of my favorite is Dickblick.com and  purchase ATCs ready made, but my way is infinitely cheaper, and I get my choice of papers. Then, I use whatever medium I like (right now, I seem to be favoring pencil and fine tip markers) to create whatever images I like, although currently, we are doing Halloween-themed art. The cool thing about ATCs is that they take very little time to complete, you don’t need a huge work area or lots of supplies, they are totally portable, and they are completely CHARMING finished pieces you share with others.

I don’t know about you, but I am so tired of mass-produced items that have no purpose but to fill space in our lives and in our homes–these things we purchase without thinking off of store shelves that really mean nothing, and have absolutely no “soul”. Handmade is beautiful. It is precious. It is truly one of a kind. Perhaps, in today’s plasticized, factory made world, it is the ONLY thing that is truly valuable. Remember what it is like to receive a handmade drawing from a child? The light in that child’s eyes as you take it from them, this piece that they made with chubby fingers and crayons? ATCs make that accessible for EVERYONE.

So, here are some sample ATCs that we are doing in our home right now, all of them Halloween-themed. Most of them are done with fine tipped art markers, some of them collage. On the back, make sure you put the title of the piece, the name of the artist, the date, and any other fun information (like a positive message or even a Halloween haiku?) to make it a “real” trading card! This is such a simple thing, such an easy way to bring art into your life. It is ALSO extremely easy to put together an ATC kit that fits in a purse or backpack, giving children and adults something to do when they are out and about in the world with some downtime–like in a restaurant waiting for a meal, or on a long car trip.

Our medium for these cards...

Try this activity at home—this giving and receiving of tiny art pieces. EVERYONE can participate, and it can go a long way towards swaying the culture in your home towards the hands-on end of the spectrum and away from mass-market, electronic, television-watching, video game playing, mindless treadmill type of life that many of us find ourselves in (myself and my family INCLUDED!)

Tomorrow, I will show you how to set up your own ATC Station in your house–one that looks stylish and allows for the easy trade of art back and forth between family members and visitors alike!  And take pictures of your own ATCs and post them on Bug Summer’s Facebook page here! Have a great day, and do something creative with a child!

31 Days of Halloween–Day 5

Hello, arty people!  I have set myself the challenge of coming up with a new art/craft/writing project for each day of the month of October, all of them celebrating the spooky vibe that permeates my favorite month. I’m also celebrating my favorite black cat, Soda Pop, who is the disgruntled main character in my new children’s book “I HATE HALLOWEEN”, which can be purchased here.

Here we go, and at 6:30 AM, I’m getting a late start. Okay, yesterday, my children had no school. Yeah, weird for a Thursday, isn’t it? The older kids are pretty independent now, but the youngest (8) loves to interact, AND be entertained by the rest of us. Today’s project is a bit of an entertainer, and not so much of a finished piece at the end of it, but that’s okay. AND, when you are done, there are lots of ideas you can utilize to turn your product into something beautiful.

We have had a couple bags of colored leaves around the house for a few days. Every walk I take (at least 2 a day) I bring a plastic bag and fill it with pretty, fallen leaves. And I know we’ve already done a couple leaf-focused days on this blog. But this one is so elemental, and so fun, I have done it with my kids ever since the first one was about two. We “waxed leaves”.

Get yourself a block of paraffin. My husband buys it in the canning aisle at the grocery store. Since I don’t can, I can’t imagine the mysterious use of it FOR canning, but there are lots of things to do with it that have nothing to do with edibles. It came in slabs (4 per box) and I put a couple slabs in the miniature crock pot we have to melt them completely. Now, here’s the deal–big safety tip: use an indirect source of heat like the little crock pot, or a double boiler on the oven, but do NOT just put the stuff in a pan and put it over an open flame. It CAN combust—you know what candles use for fuel, right? You don’t want it to get too hot. I prefer the crock pot method, because the little ones can be at the table doing this instead of over a hot stove.

Little crock pot....

Then, the process is simple-simple-simple. Lay out sheets of waxed paper to put your leaves on after they come out of the warm wax. Grab a leaf by the stem, dip it in the warm wax bath for a moment, pull it out and let it drip back into the pot, and then place it on the waxed paper to cool and harden. This “seals” the leaf from drying out more, and I’ve found it “seals” the beautiful fall colors in as well. Now, you’re not preserving these things for eternity here–they will eventually deteriorate, crack, and darken. But I’ve used these waxed leaves in wreaths, table decor, and as props for my photography until the Christmas season begins, and they do pretty well. When they get yucky, toss them. After all, nature will make you a whole new batch next year.

My youngest loves doing this each fall, and my oldest had her friends over yesterday, so naturally, instead of ME waxing leaves, I encouraged the teens to work with the single-digit gal, and they came up with a great variation that I’m ashamed I didn’t think of myself—glitter.

After a leaf came out of the bath, they placed it on a sheet of paper and sprinkled glitter and, in some cases, sequins upon it while the wax was still warm and “tacky”. They turned out beautifully, and I think the glittered leaves will work as great accent pieces when placed with “plain” leaves. I’m also planning on using the glittered ones as photo props in my Studio.

Another cool thing about this project is that they can do it every day while there are pretty leaves to collect, (and wax in the pot–just warm it up)  and children seem to find the process endlessly satisfying. Keep those kiddos occupied doing something NON-electronic, NON-screen-focused, and make a pretty decorating item as well. So, I guess today, I’m doing my Martha Stewart dance.

Perhaps, I’ll do a post on what I actually DO with these leaves.  Right now, they are gently stored in shoeboxes.  Try this one, and see if you can create something for your home or garden.  And take pictures and post them on Bug Summer’s Facebook page here!  We can always use more “likes”!

31 Days Of Halloween–Day 2

This project is based upon a photograph from the book I HATE HALLOWEEN (purchase it here)–Soda Pop wearing a black cat mask, which is a bit redundant, but visually very interesting.

A black cat dressed as a...black cat.

Kids love mask-making, and I’ve posted a download of the directions and a mask cut out for you to trace around and decorate however you choose.

Save it and print it!

My children like glitter and feathers, so that’s what we went with. Please notice that I really allowed the kids to apply the embellishments however they choose.

Glue is awesome.

These projects are not intended to make lush fall decor for your home–I am NOT Martha. Art with children is about problem solving, not polish. I want kids and adults to have fun using whatever supplies they have on hand to decorate the masks. I’ve also found that if I complete a mask using my full art skill set and show it to children (and some adults) they find it discouraging because their work does not look like mine. Compare and DESPAIR! That isn’t what ANY of these projects are intended to do. Allow children to make what they want. Provide buttons and glitter, crayons, markers, ribbon, glue, fabric, acorns and other found items—whatever you have on hand!

I must put one of these on the cat....

You can use dried pastas and macaroni, odds and ends from your junk drawer. Give them glue and a place to work which doesn’t need to be kept perfectly neat during their work time and LET THEM GO. Turn off the tv and turn on the radio to some fun, quiet music (classical is great, but it can be anything) and let the children get into the zen of creating.

These masks make me wanna be a showgirl...

When you are done, glue or tape the masks to pencils so the kids can hold them up to their eyes and feel catlike. Take a couple pictures. Post them to my Facebook page so we can all share what your children have done. Let them play with the masks. When they get torn up, throw them away and make new ones, or make something else.

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31 Days of Halloween–Day 1

Yesterday, I began the Halloween celebration we decided to call 31 Days Of Halloween. My goal is to post an art/craft/writing project daily for kids and adults to enjoy together as we approach my favorite holiday. And, of course, we are focusing a bit on Soda Pop, the main character from my new children’s book, I HATE HALLOWEEN. He is a black cat who has serious Halloween issues. You may find out more about the book and purchase it here.

Soda Rolling in Leaves--From "I HATE HALLOWEEN"

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Yesterday was, of course, Project 1. We spent time doing a simple coloring page based upon an illustration from the book. Kids and adults like coloring pages, because it is something they can put their minds around. I personally think coloring pages can be fun, but aren’t the most artistic activity we could be doing.

The coloring page---right click, save, and print!

But, we are starting SLOWLY with this ambitious October art-fest. I had my children color two versions–one with markers, and the other with crayons. When finished, they said they enjoyed the crayon versions better, because they could blend the colors more easily. Then, they pasted leaves that they had gathered on an early morning walk on top of the coloring page, to make a mixed media collage of sorts. I really think this process elevates the coloring page to a much better project, so, if you are doing this one with a small child or a group of children in your class, try to make a point of doing this part.

Our projects...we stuck them onto some cardboard for stability...

You can introduce some science into it, talking about how the leaves fall in the autumn, why they change colors, and you will be surprised at how delighted kids are with the different colors and shapes of leaves that you find. Have fun with this one, and go for a walk in the crisp, fallen leaves. Art is about process, not product, and the process for THIS project should be all about capturing the feeling of rolling in the leaves, just like Soda Pop does.

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