Bubble Wrap Indian Corn

bubble-wrap-painted-indian-cornI love this craft because it adds a twist to our usual painting methods.  Painting on the bubble wrap is a fun sensory experience all by itself with an added bonus of looking like Indian corn when you are done!

 

For this project, you will need:

  • Bubble wrap
  • White or yellow paper
  • Corn Cob template (optional)
  • Washable paint (I used orange, yellow, brown, and white)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Brown paper for the husks
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape

 

Before I invited the kids to paint, I prepared our craft by tracing corn cob shapes onto our paper.  (I always do this first but it can easily be done after the paint has dried if you prefer.)  I cut pieces of bubble wrap slightly larger than the corn cob papers and taped them bubble-side-up to our craft table.  When I first introduced bubble wrap painting, we spent some time exploring the bubble wrap before bringing out the paint.  Since B and G are experienced with bubble wrap crafts, they jumped right into painting this time.

I let them paint freely with an occasional reminder to cover all the bubbles with paint.  Once they were satisfied with their paintings, I helped them lay the corn cob papers (blank side down) onto their bubble wrap and showed them how to press down gently so the paint would transfer.

We let the paint dry during nap time before cutting out our cobs.  B wanted to do most of the cutting himself and I was happy for him to have an opportunity to practice scissor skills.  (G was sleeping so I cut hers out this time).  We cut out some simple leaf shapes from brown construction paper and glued them onto the back of the cobs.


This Indian corn craft provided a fun sensory experience, fine motor skills cutting practice, and made a lovely addition to our Thanksgiving decor.


Paper Plate Turkeys

One of my favorite Thanksgiving crafts is this simple and adorable turkey made from a toilet paper roll and a paper plate.  This craft is appropriate for children of all ages and uses materials you probably already have around the house!

 

For this craft you will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Orange, red, and brown construction paper
  • Googly eyes or black marker
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Scissors

 

Before I introduced this activity to the kids, I cut several paper plates in half to form the turkey’s feathers.  I gave each child half a paper plate, paint, and a paintbrush and they got busy designing the feathers for their turkeys.  I taped the paper plate to the painting surface for the little ones so it didn’t move around while they was painting.

 

Baby Q was especially excited about painting his turkey!

 

While our turkey feathers were drying, each child got busy making the turkey’s body.  They glued a piece of brown construction paper over the toilet paper roll to give the turkeys a nice brown color and a more finished look.  (I found that a piece of scotch tape helped the paper stay on while the glue was drying).  Alternately, you can paint the toilet paper roll brown and let it dry.  Either way looks great!

After your toilet paper roll is painted or covered with paper, cut out a beak and snood from construction paper.  Glue or draw eyes, a beak, and a snood/waddle onto the toilet paper roll to make the turkey’s face/body.  The kids were creative in how the positioned the turkey’s features!

Lay the toilet paper rolls flat until the glue is thoroughly dry.  Once the paint and the glue are completely dry, glue the toilet paper roll onto the paper plate to complete your turkey.  A hot glue gun works perfectly for this part of the craft but liquid glue will work also.  If you use liquid glue, I recommend using a paper clip or clothespin at the top and bottom to hold the tube onto the plate until the glue dries.

 

I have never seen a cuter flock of Thanksgiving turkeys!


Popsicle Stick Teepees

popsicle-stickThis simple teepee craft was a huge hit with all the kids.  I was surprised how much they all enjoyed it, regardless of their ages.  Their only complaint was that I had only prepared two teepees per child.  I think they would each have happily decorated an entire Indian village.

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  • Large popsicle sticks
  • Brown paper bag
  • Glitter glue
  • Scissors
  • Liquid glue or glue stick
  • Pen or pencil (not pictured)
  • Hot glue gun (optional–not pictured)

I got the idea for these little teepees from this photo at Glued to My Crafts Blog.  Since there was only a photo without instructions I want to share with you how I did things (and what I learned) to help your crafting go smoothly.

p1020707Start by gluing three popsicle sticks together to form a simple teepee shape.  I made a triangle with the top sticks overlapping each other rather than meeting in a point.  I found that hot glue worked really well for gluing the sticks together.  If you use regular glue be sure to let your teepees dry completely before decorating.

Since I planned to make a lot of teepees, I wanted a way to streamline the process.   After I had made the first teepee, I set it along the bottom edge of a piece of paper and traced the inside triangle.  This gave me a template for lining up the sticks for all subsequent teepees.  It also guaranteed that all the teepees were the same size so that I could make a template for tracing the triangles onto the paper bag.  (I love templates!)

untitled-design-3Once the teepee frames were ready, I used trial-and-error to figure out the best shape and size for the brown paper.  Then I cut open the paper bag and traced the triangle.

After my first attempt, I learned three things.  Most importantly, draw/trace your triangles onto the printed side of your paper bag.  This way the blank side of the bag will be the front of your teepee.  I ended up throwing away a few of my triangles since I didn’t think I could persuade the kids that “Kroger” was the name of an Indian chief.

Secondly, use pencil or ballpoint pen to trace your triangles as marker will bleed through to the other side.  Finally, unless you have an equilateral triangle, mark the top of the triangle so you know which way to glue the paper onto the sticks.  My teepees weren’t quite equilateral so the paper triangles definitely fit best one direction.  I marked the paper triangles with a small “T” to identify the top.untitled-design-3

Once I figured these things out, it was quick and easy to trace plenty of triangles on the bag.  I cut some of the triangles out for the littler kids and left the others uncut for the older ones to do themselves.  Then the kids glued the paper triangles to the craft sticks and got busy decorating.

blog-designs-750-x-225They were very intent on their designs and worked hard squeezing the glitter glue out of the tubes.  I had a vision of the kids making interesting designs on their teepees which the older kids (7 and 9) did, but the younger ones (3,4, and 5) mostly squeezed out piles of glitter glue.  I love this craft because the teeepees look awesome both ways!

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Tissue Paper Indian Corn

blog-titles-2Indian corn crafts are one of my favorite projects.  With the many varieties of Indian corn and its multi-colored kernels in beautiful fall hues, it practically demands to be the focus of some autumn art.  For this simple craft, the kids glued tissue paper “kernels” onto their cobs.

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  • Tissue paper squares in Indian corn colors (I used yellow, white, tan, black, red, turquoise, and orange)
  • Liquid glue
  • Yellow paper (for the corn cobs)
  • Green paper (for the corn husk)
  • Corn template (optional)
  • Scissors

Before you begin, draw or trace a corn cob onto the yellow paper and a husk onto the green paper.  (I used a template I adapted from this one by turning it into two separate templates–one for the cob and one for the husks).  Depending on your child’s skill with scissors and desire to cut, either cut out the cob and husk or have your child cut them out.

Now you’re ready to have fun!  Since we usually use tissue paper for stained glass projects where we press the squares flat, I demonstrated how to crumple up a piece of tissue paper and glue it to the cob.  Then, I gave each child a corn cob, glue bottle (glue sticks don’t work as well for this craft), and a pile of tissue paper squares and they got busy.tissue-paper-indian-cornM (recently 3) was finished so quickly I didn’t even get a photo, but the other kids worked diligently on filling their cobs.  I was actually surprised by how long they stayed quietly focused on choosing and placing their tissue paper squares.

Even Baby Q got involved.  I thought he might enjoy crumpling up the paper and pushing it down but he was much more interested in tearing it up which worked for me.  A small pile of tissue paper squares kept him happily engaged for a while.

When the older kids finished, they glued their corn cobs onto the green husks.  I now realize that we should have glued the cobs onto the husks before they were covered with tissue paper kernels–it would have been much easier.  Next time I do this project, I’ll try to remember to have the kids glue the cobs to the husks first.

Aside from that minor difficulty, this was a very easy, inexpensive craft that all the kids were able to complete independently and I think they turned out fabulously!

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