I LOVE FALL. I look forward to it allll year long. And since my kids love autumn as much as I do, today we made a quick paper autumn leaf garland to hang in our classroom, and in the windows. . .
* construction paper or cardstock in autumn colors
* clip art of leaves, or you can draw your own; I used this free printable from abcteach.com
* watercolor paint & water
* paint brush
* sewing machine
Recommended ages: 3 - 8, with adult supervision (painting, scissors) and assistance with / completion of some steps (such as sewing machine operation***)
*** I allowed my 6 and 8 year old sons to operate my sewing machine with my careful guidance and close supervision. My 4 year old isn't allowed NEAR it. ;) You know your child best.
First, print out some leaf clip art (or draw your own leaves) onto orange, yellow, and brown construction paper, several sheets per child.
Next, add glitter glue to really make the colors pop. Allow to dry. The thinner the glitter glue, the quicker they'll dry.
Cut out the leaves. We cut off (ignored) the stems.
If you have very young children, you'll want to complete this part. If you have older kiddos that are mature enough to handle using a sewing machine, this is a very simple beginners project.
We sewed the leaves together with chain sewing. Basically, chain sewing is sewing one piece (of fabric, paper, whatever) right after the other, without lifting the presser foot. You can space the pieces however closely you'd like, all while continuing to press the pedal. (Here's a great video if you'd like to see chain sewing in action.)
We used a long stitch, and sewed straight down the main vein of the leaf. All the boys had to do was steer the needle down the center of the leaf. They were usually pretty close. ;)
Monkey 7 spaced his leaves several inches apart, by pulling the leaf (and thus the thread) while continuing to press the pedal. . . .