Light up children's creativity with Fall Lanterns! The perfect craft for home or school, this engaging activity brings the magic of the fall season to life. Children will love decorating with autumn colors as they create one-of-a-kind Fall Lanterns that showcase their unique creativity.
What Are Fall Lanterns?
Fall Lanterns are a simple and easy arts and crafts activity perfect for at-home, in-person, or hybrid learning! Making Fall Lanterns is as easy as ripping up colorful tissue paper that reminds you of fall and gluing the rich oranges, reds, and yellows to a mason jar to create a glowing lantern that captures the spirit of the season. Children will love making a mess into a masterpiece as they use their fine motor skills and creativity to decorate these beautiful lanterns.
How Can I Use This in My Lesson Plan?
Now that fall is in full swing, Fall Lanterns are a wonderful way to start discussing what makes fall unique. From color changing leaves to harvest traditions around the world, this activity can be expanded in endless ways to create rich, inclusive fall lesson plans for students of all ages. Fall Lanterns also make great gifts and, as classroom communities begin to focus on thankfulness as we move closer to the holidays, what better way to say thanks to parents, caregivers, and teachers, than a gift handmade with love and care from a learner in your life.
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- Mason Jar
- Tissue Paper or Fall Leaves
- White Tealight (Flameless, Battery Powered)
1Gather Your Materials
Grab your tissue paper, glue, and mason jars and get ready to create a Fall Lantern! Prepare a clean work surface and encourage children to rip up fall colored tissue paper into small, easy-to-glue pieces. You will use these tissue pieces to decorate your lanterns.
2Decorate Your Lantern
Using a paintbrush, apply a thin layer of glue on your mason jar. Encourage children to take their tissue paper pieces and stick them to the jar. Once the jar is fully covered in colorful pieces of tissue paper, apply another layer of glue to seal the jar. You can also add some extra flair to your lantern and sprinkle glitter on your lantern or add some fall leaves as well during this step.
3Light Your Lantern
Tie off your lantern with a ribbon or bow around the top and add a flameless tea candle to the inside to make your lantern shine! Children will love showing off their lanterns or giving them away to parents and caregivers as a thoughtful fall gift.
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