The acorns have only just started to fall from the trees here in Maryland. My youngest daughter's favorite pastime is walking through our neighborhood, collecting them and bringing them inside to examine. What creative crafts and activities can we do with acorns and acorn caps that she collects this season?
Acorn Cap Jewelry
Acorn caps can add something special to your macaroni necklaces when creating with your preschooler this autumn. Moms or dads can create a small hole in the top of each acorn cap using a thick darning needle. Paint the acorn caps, or leave them natural. Children can place the caps on thread, interspersed with macaroni noodles or cereal pieces to create fashionable fall jewelry.
Acorn Cap Hats
Acorn caps are the perfect size to make hats to go along with your children's Barbie dolls, Polly Pockets, or other small characters in their toy box. Paint the caps, add glitter for some extra sparkle, and your doll can be stylish when she heads out on the town.
Or, create a life-sized acorn cap hat for yourself. Fold a large piece of construction paper into a pirate hat or a princess hat. Staple or glue the hat, and let your child glue the acorn caps onto their own autumn hat. Don't forget the paint and glitter!
Help the local squirrels store up for the winter by creating an acorn feeder for them. Use the bottom half of a milk jug. Fill the jug up with acorns you come across in your yard or on the walk to school. Decorate the outside of the jug with the acorn caps and water-resistant paint or markers. Punch two holes into the sides of the milk jug, thread yarn through the holes, and hang the acorn feeder in a tree near the house. You'll be able to watch the acorns feed your local wildlife as they store up for winter.
Acorns and acorn caps can make a wonderful addition to a piece of artwork with your toddler or preschooler. Glue the acorns and caps to a large piece of cardboard (the inside of a cereal box works well). Then let children paint over the pieces, use glitter glue, glue, glitter, markers, and crayons to otherwise decorate the artwork. This beautiful autumnal artwork will make a great kitchen display throughout the season.
Whether you're making jewelry, hats, art, or feeding the squirrels in your neighborhood, there are tons of uses for acorns and acorn hats with your children this fall.
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