Oldie but a goodie

This is an old craft that (probably) many of us have made when we were younger. Even though it’s nothing new, I still want to post it as a good fall activity …

Peanut butter pine cone bird feeder 

What you need:

  • pine cone
  • peanut butter
  • bird seed
  • wire, string, yarn

What you do:

  1. Use a butter knife to spread peanut butter all over the pine cone. (Fingers work just as well, too!)
  2. Roll and press the pine cone in a bowl of bird seed.
  3. Attach the string to the top of the pine cone and hang it out in a tree (preferably near a window) and watch the birds eat!

One of the good parts about this is that you can even use the same pine cone to reproduce the craft again.

Big thanks to Therapy Fun Zone for the reminder!


Denim roads

Going through your closet this fall and ditching your old jeans? Donate them to the play cause by making denim roads!

What you need:

  • jeans
  • scissors
  • yellow paint
  • paintbrush

What you do:

  1. Cut out roads about 6 inches wide (feel free to draw them out first with a permanent marker, if you want them to be really neat).
  2. Cut out cross-section roads and curved roads, too!
  3. Paint yellow stripes down the middle and set to dry. (If you’re real exact, you could always do the solid yellow next to the dashed yellow to signify passing or no passing, but that may be getting a little too detailed?)
  4. Use one of the back pockets of the jeans to roll up the roads and store for travel.

Thanks to my sister-in-law for sharing the link, and big thanks to lil Mop Top for the idea! (Check out her blog for some more pics of the roads.)

Halloween spider craft

This is a cute little craft that takes little time at all.

What you’ll need:

  • styrofoam meat tray
  • white yarn
  • large pom-pom
  • google eyes
  • black pipe cleaner

What you’ll do:

  1. Clean meat tray thoroughly. (I suppose the original posters weren’t too concerned about salmonella, so I won’t be either.)
  2. Assemble your spider first, so he has time to dry. Glue little bent pieces of pipe cleaner (four if you want to be anatomically correct) to the bottom of the pom-pom. Glue on the google eyes. Set aside to dry.
  3. Cut the tray to about 5×5 inches. Cut notches around the tray.
  4. Secure long piece of yarn to the back of the tray with a piece of tape and weave away!
  5. When you’ve finished the web (and if your spider is set) glue him onto the web. Or, if you want a more playful creation, don’t glue him on and make him a friend or two to run around the web with!

Big thanks to happy hooligans for the original post. Check out the link to find some adorable pics of kids in action and other ideas to do during the activity.

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