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1.Welcome from Rachel
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3.Crafts and Activities for Autumn & USA Thanksgiving
4.Theme related activity ideas

1. Welcome from Rachel!

Where has the summer gone?! It seems like yesterday we were all looking forward to summer, and then it was gone! The trees are all ablaze in red, yellow and oranges and this issue will help your kids enjoy and celebrate the beauty of this Autumn season as well as some Thanksgiving ideas for those of who live in the USA. Thanksgiving in the USA is Nov 25 this year.

For more preschool autumn and holiday crafts and activities visit both of my websites and

If you haven't done so yet, have a look at my playdough book for some fun family time together with your kids.

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I've just added some fun dinosaur rhyming and action songs for you and your children to enjoy together.

The beauty of Autumn

Coffee Filter Leaf

Supplies Needed:
Paper coffee filter
Washable markers or watercolor paints
Spraybottle with water

Cut out a leaf shape from the coffee filter. Flatten the coffee filter and place it on a plate or newspaper as the paint or markers and water will soak through. Using Autumn colors of red, orange, and yellow and using either paint or markers, color the leaf using more than one color. Spray the coffee filter leaf with waters so the colors run and blend together. Set aside on paper towels to dry.

Multi Colored Turkey Hand

Trace or have your child trace around their hand on a piece of paper. Have your child color the palm brown and then color each finger using one color for each finger:red, green, yellow and orange. On the thumb you can add the eye, beak and that little red dangly thing under the beak.


Using Scissors

Remind your children to keep “thumbs up” when they hold scissors. Tell them to hold the paper with one hand and take tiny little bites with the “jaws” of the scissors.
-From Hands On Art by Dr. Jean Feldman

Using Pencils

Each child will need a cotton ball, pom-pom, or small ball of playdough for this trick. Place the cottonball in the palm of their hand and tell them to hold it down with their pinkie and ring finger. (Explain that it is “magic” and will help them write.) Next ask them to pick up their pencil. They will have the correct grip!
-From Hands On Art by Dr. Jean Feldman

Recommended Preschool Ideas:

1.Whether you are a Pre-School Teacher, Day Home provider or a busy Mom with little kids trying to find some inside activities on a cold/rainy day, here is a great resource for many more craft ideas for little kids. It is jam packed (200pages) full of great age-appropriate crafts. As a thank you for buying the book Chris Yates (the author) gives you the second book free(Paper Plate Crafts). You can download this ebook or get the printed version.It's called Little Kid Crafts for all Seasons

2. ABC Fun & 1-2-3

ABC Fun & 1-2-3 is a preschool programme that gives you alphabet-based activities each week, alphabet crafts, alphabetized nursery rhymes, number and counting activities, as well as a list of recommended, quality children's stories to read aloud together as you and your children adventure through the alphabet, one letter per week. All the hard work and planning is done for you - for less than $1 per week, you just open up the book and start the A-B-C fun! For more details Click Here!

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