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This would make a great 3rd Grade buddy activity.
Directions from origami swan photo tutorial at Marcel’s Kid Crafts.
Use brown paper and stuff the tail with colored feathers. These look great as place settings for your table!
Simple, simple, simple. I love the way these make the classroom smell! You can make slices or whole pies. For slices, cut a paper plate into "slices" (you may want to draw out a template on the plates for the kids to follow. For whole pies, either use small, dessert sized paper plates or copy a circle template onto orange construction paper for students to cut out. If you use paper plates, be sure they are not waxed so coloring them orange will be easier. I had my kiddos color the bumpy rim of the plate brown for the crust. What a sensory experience that was; a good fine motor workout, too. :) Next, paint glue onto the plates, slices, or circles and sprinkle Pumpkin Pie Spice on top of the glue. Pull a cotton ball out a bit (to fluff it up) and place in the middle for whipped cream. My, my, Pumpkin Pie! :)
Spices as an Art Medium
Use ground spices mixed with a little water (to make just less than a paste) and paint with it! This is a great open-ended, process-oriented activity.
Set out whole spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for the students to explore and scrape on sandpaper. I drew letters and shapes on the sandpaper with a sharpie marker to make this a fun ABC Work center. This is one the kids went wild over!
Step by Step Easel Art
Making Learning Fun has step by step instructions for painting a Tee Pee, Pilgrim Boy, and a Turkey. I love this site!
TLC Art Pilgrims
This project can be found in the TLC Art Fall Book. These are adorable! You could provide paper to match each child's hair color for this project.
What are some things you like to do for art during this theme?