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Thursday
Sep222011

Fun Fall Project - Moody Pumpkins!

Thanks to Lenka and Asia from Forest Fairy Crafts for this fun family fall craft! Click HERE to download the pdf tutorial.

Decorating for autumn is a favorite activity in our home.  We rush to the cobweb-draped aisles in every store. This bat to hang from the ceiling?  Or that ghost?
 
Our favorite spooky goodies, though, are the ones we made ourselves over the years.  My daughter's felt pet spider. Flower fairy witches.  And now our pumpkins.
 
My Forest Fairy Crafts partner, Asia, created these little charmers.  The pumpkins are fun to make and even more fun for creative play.  Their mouth has a loose stitch so children can switch the pumpkin's mood from happy to sad to confused.  

 

After we made the pumpkins just for the fun of it, I found another valuable use for our pumpkins.  I teach kindergarten and first grade.  This time of year, I see how children struggle to express themselves when they get upset, sad, or worried.  Words can be hard to find.  The pumpkins will be a great tool for any child who needs a safe way to communicate without saying a word.  I hope to make one with every student in my class that they can keep in a pocket or on their desk so when they are overwhelmed with emotions, the pumpkin can help share how they are feeling.

 

That's what I call a great pumpkin :)

 

Happy crafting!
Lenka

 

Click HERE to download the pdf tutorial! 

 

 

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