Project of the Week: Torn Paper Acorn

On a mission to fill my sensory table with Fall, nature ‘treasures’, my boys and I went on several hunts for acorns!  I explained that there is a particular kind of oak tree that drops acorns, and I showed them the leaves of an oak tree.  Luckily, my neighbor’s yard (thank you Kristen!) has a large oak tree and therefore, a ton of acorns covering the lawn.  With our focus on Fall acorns, we had a blast creating our own acorn creations…from various forms of paper!

You Will Need:

  • brown paper bag or brown construction paper
  • white construction paper
  • tissue paper in Fall colors: red, orange, yellow, green
  • scissors
  • glue
  • black marker

Prep the Project: First, draw the outline of a large acorn, on white or cream construction paper, using a black marker.  Gather together the rest of the supplies and invite your child to make a Fall acorn!

It was a lovely afternoon, and so, we decided to complete our craft outside, on our driveway.  I gave each of my 4-year-old boys a real acorn, and we talked about how the top of the acorn is a different color brown than the bottom.  I explained that we were going to use a brown paper bag, for the bottom of the acorn and then decorate the ‘cap’ of the acorn with the colors of Fall!

I found it easier to pour some white glue, directly onto the acorn paper.  Using my fingers, I covered the entire body of the acorn in a generous amount of paint (my fingers were very messy and sticky!).  The boys LOVED using their scissors and also ripping up the paper bags into small pieces.  Cutting and ripping paper are great ways to strengthen hand muscles.


Once the boys had filled the bottom of the acorn pictures with brown paper pieces, we moved on to the acorn ‘caps’.  They took turns choosing a ‘Fall’ color tissue paper to stick to the acorn top.  Again, the boys worked their hand muscles, as they rolled the squares of tissue paper into small balls, before sticking them to the glue.  I cut some of the squares, and the boys cut some squares too.

I loved that my boys had different methods for covering the top of the acorns with tissue paper.  Teddy did his in a circular pattern: red on the outer edge, followed by orange, green, and finally yellow.  Henry, on the other hand, stuck the different tissue colors on randomly, creating a mosaic of Fall colors!  They both liked crumpling the pieces of tissue paper into teeny, tiny balls!

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