The Letter A.
We love acorns, so “A is for Acorn” seemed perfect! We did a project inspired by the book The Tiniest Acorn, did a letter A picture for the alphabet book we are making, made color diffused paper oak leaves for decorations, and I did a grown-up project: sewn fabric acorns. (We also worked on writing big As and little As and pronouncing the different ways A sounds.) Details for the projects below.
Looking for Lulu
My kiddo and I started the week by reading The Tiniest Acorn. This is a sweet book with lovely illustrations and a great message– from tiny beginnings, grand things can come. The tiny acorn, named Lulu, feels unimportant and too small to matter. A little boy finds her and plants here in soft earth. He checks on her and cares for her; many years later he brings his children to see Lulu, now a beautiful tall oak tree.
After we read the story, we went for a walk to see if we could find our own Lulu. We headed to our favorite oak tree, and along the way, saw this “adolescent” oak tree we stopped to say hi to.
Then it was off to the big oak to see what acorns lay at its base. G was very particular about which acorn was Lulu. It couldn’t be this one:
a squirrel didn’t chew on Lulu in the book.
Or this one:
Lulu wasn’t a twin.
But this one!
This one was right. We took Lulu and walked to our “secret” path to find a nice spot for Lulu to grow.
A couple boys from the neighborhood stopped by after we finished planting, and G got to tell them that acorns turn into oak trees.
An Alphabet Book Page: A
I created a stencil for a nice big letter A. The kiddo traced the A on a piece of colored construction paper of his choosing. Then, using Fall colors, he colored in the A. I added a little acorn drawing on the A, too. We’ll do a letter picture each week, then turn them all into a book.
Color Diffused Oak Leaves
- washable markers
- color diffusing oak leaf shaped paper (I used the oak leaves from these by Roylco. I love their color diffusing paper because it is such a nice quality and really thick. You could also cut your own leaf shapes out of coffee filters.)
- brush and bowl of water
This project is fun and easy! Draw lines, shapes, and patterns on your leaf. Don’t color the entire surface. You want your colors to have somewhere to spread to and blend together.
After you have colored your leaf, take a brush and plain water and “paint” the water on the leaf. Watch the magic happen! The colors spread and blend together. It is truly amazing (not just for little ones, I love it every time).
Let the leaf dry, then you can hang them up around the house, or string a bunch together for a garland.
Fabric Acorn Leaves
- acorn caps
- small circles of fabric (size depends on your acorn cap size. I used circles around 2-3 inches in diameter.)
- needle and thread
- glue (I used white glue)
Do a running stitch along the edge of your circle. Just before you get back to where you started, give a gentle pull so the circle starts to come together. Lightly stuff, then finish going around your circle. Stitch a couple times at top to secure and knot your thread.
Then put a lovely puddle of glue in your acorn cap. Stick the top of your stitched circle in the puddle, so the stitched part is stuck in the glue and covered by the cap. Hold together for the count of 30, then put down to dry. I put something not too heavy on top of the acorn cap to keep it affixed to the sewn acorn body, so it wouldn’t shift before the glue dried all the way.
Then decorate your house, add them to your nature table, or let your kiddo carry them around.
We had a lot of fun with our acorn projects and hope you do, too!