It was the first day of fall on our first day of Homeschool Mornings- how perfect!? We experimented with apples, made fall crafts, and practiced math skills using candy corn!
1. Q-Tip Trees
This is such a fun project for all ages! It’s easier using a Q-Tip and less messy 🙂 I used tempera paint (green, brown, yellow, red, orange) for the leaves and brown crayon to make the base of the tree. Card stock paper works best for all of these crafts since the paint is heavy.
2. LEGO® Stamped Indian Corn
These are too cute and the LEGO® stamping was a huge hit with the group! I pre-cut corn shapes so all they had to do was stamp. I used the big LEGO’S® and tempera paint (very easy to wash off LEGO’S®). Once dry, the kids cut out corn husks from brown contruction paper and glued to the back. A nice decoration for fall!
Credit: Crafty Morning
3. Apple Stamping
You can never go wrong with apples and paint! Although a bit messy, this was also fun 🙂 I bought regular apples but I would recommend the smaller ones that come in a bag. They are easier to cut in half and stamp.
1. Candy Corn Number Tree
This is such a fun way to practice counting! At homeschool mornings I do activities for all ages so I wanted something that kindergarten and younger could also do. I printed off the candy corn tree picture from Reading Confetti and laminated it. I made a few copies and changed the numbers. The kids had so much fun counting the “candy corn leaves” and eating them too 🙂
Credit: Reading Confetti
2. Candy Corn Math Worksheets
I found this awesome candy corn math pack (free download) from Royal Baloo. I used the addition, subtraction, and estimation worksheets from the pack. Who doesn’t love math with candy?
Credit: Royal Baloo
1. Erupting Apples
I didn’t get pictures of the experiments but they are SO fun! For pictures and demonstrations visit Growing A Jeweled Rose.
- Baking soda
- Green food coloring
Remove the core of the apple and make a deep hole in the center. Pour about a tablespoon of baking soda into the apple (you can experiment with more or less). Fill a cup of vinegar and add food coloring. Pour vinegar into apple and watch the explosion! The fun thing about these is that you can do them a few times 🙂
Credit: Growing A Jeweled Rose
2. Jumping Apple Seeds
- Clear glass
- 1/2 cup water
- 2/3 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Apple seeds
Combine the water and baking soda in the glass. Stir until baking soda dissolves. Add apple seeds and then stir in the lemon juice. Watch as the seeds start to bounce and jump! The reaction between the baking soda and lemon juice produces bubbles that carry the seeds up and down, making the seeds “jump”!
Credit: MPM Ideas
Apple Juice & Fall Mix
After all our hard work crafting and experimenting, we needed a snack! We made a delicious fall trail mix. The mix included: Chex, Pretzels, Candy Corn, Chocolate Chips, & Craisins. I wanted to make warm apple cider but ran out of time so opted for apple juice 🙂