Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Littles Learning Link Up: October 25, 2016 Craft Highlight- Fall Tree with Fingerprint Leaves

 Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (toward the beginning of the month)
  • A guest post featuring crafts, activities, tips, snack ideas or other early childhood topics. (toward the end of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

I first mentioned doing a Littles Learning Link Up Highlight back in December. I had thought it could become a monthly thing. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. However, I am trying to make that a reality. I posted a highlight post last month and one earlier this month. As I have no guest post this month, I thought I would do another highlight post today. Hoping to keep the momentum going. 

A highlight post isn't the same as a feature. With the highlighted post, we will actually be making the craft(s) or participating in the activity. You will get to see how much we enjoyed it, and I will be mentioning any tweaks that I add. Of course I will be linking back to the original post. 

Littles Learning Link Up October Highlight:

A few week's ago Wesens-Art shared her DIY Autumn/Fall Ideas post on the linky. In this post, I found a simple fall tree craft to use with the children in the preschool class at co-op. She titled it Fingerprint Leaves. She includes a free tree template, which I did use. The only tweak I made with this one, is that we used the acrylic paints for the fingerprints.

Fall Tree with Fingerprint Leaves

You will need the following materials:

Tree Template from Wesens-Art
Acrylic paints in fall leaf colors (red, orange, yellow, green, brown)
Container for paint 
(I LOVE using egg cartons for this, as the egg compartments keep the paints separated. 
Brown crayons
Paper towels (at least one per child)

Here is how we made the Fall Tree with Fingerprint Leaves.

We started by coloring the trees brown.

Then I showed them how to use one finger to paint print leaves on the branches.

While I had all the children coloring their trees at the same time, I worked with the children two at a time while painting. I made sure they just used one color at a time, and when they wanted to use the next color, they needed to wipe their finger on the wet paper towel. 

They were allowed to use a color a second (or third) time if they wanted to. Until they were happy with the results of their tree.

We have one little girl who does NOT like paint on her hands. So her tree only has one leaf left. It must be really cold where she lives already.

Let's take a look at that review schedule:

The reviews for Middlebury Interactive Languages and CrossTimber will be going live this week. And then in November, my last reviews of this Crew year will be going live. I will be sharing about Homeschool Legacy's Once-a-Week Unit Study; Christmas Comes to America and The Critical Thinking Co.'s Language Smarts Level E.

A few somethings I would like to share with you:

Some fun fall round ups:
Here is my Pumpkin Fun Round Up.

And don't forget the Focusing on Fire Safety Round Up.

And here we are at the end of October already. So, I would also like to share last year's Thanksgiving Round Up.

And finally, don't miss last month's Guest Post: Teaching U.S. Geography Through Picture Books.

I am still lining up guest posts. If you would be interested writing a guest post for Littles Learning Link Up one of these months, please leave a comment or contact me via my contact info on my About Me page. I will need to have your email address so I can contact you. I am looking for posts that have to do with young children: crafts, activities, foods/snacks, tips, or other ideas. I am open to suggestions.

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 21 wonderful posts linked up! 
There were no clicks, so I will be choosing 2 random posts.

Please don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's 1st Randomly Selected Post is:

This week's 2nd Randomly Selected Post is:

Shecki from Greatly Blessed shared Field Trip Friday: Visiting a Farm.

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on one of my relevant boards, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Monday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.



  1. Thanks for the feature! I'm printing those trees now. We did a similar project with dandelions and ink fingerprints.

  2. I love how that fall tree painting is so simple, yet so stunning when finished! We might just have to break out the paints today and do it here, too! Hope you have a great week!

  3. The trees are really cute, I love them all!
    Hugs from Germany

  4. Thanks for sharing the fingerprint tree on the Virtual Fridge! It's a beautiful fall project.


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