Acorn and Tree Crafts and
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Relating to Acorns and Trees

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Paper Bag Squirrel with Giant Paper Bag Acorn Craft for Kids

Paper Bag Squirrel with Giant Paper Bag Acorn Craft for KidsWhat you will need:

Paper Lunch Bags

Brown construction paper or twigs about six inches long and at least 1/2" thick

Green Printer Paper

Water Color Paint and Paint Brushes

Chenille Stems (Cut in half) or Twisty Ties

Permanent Markers

Glue

Googly Eyes

 

How to Make the Paper Bag Acorn Craft:

How to Make a paper bag acorn diagram1. If you aren't using real twigs for the stem, cut a piece of construction paper in half and roll the halves into tubes about 1/2" thick.

2. Stuff two or three plastic grocery bags into the bottom of the paper lunch bag.

3. Stick the twig or construction paper tube down into the bag so the tube is vertical.

4. Stuff more bags around the twig or tube rounding out the bottom of the bag.

5. Scrunch up the bag just above the stuffed grocery bag and secure it with a Chenille stem or Twisty tie.

acorn paper lunch Bag Craft for Kids diagram 26. Carefully roll down the top of the bag trying not to rip it. Place your fingers under the folded down top part to smooth it out and make it easier to fold down.

7. Fold under the top edge of the bag to make the edge even.

8. Paint the top of the bag with water color paint or other paint. When it is dry draw crossed lines to make it look like an acorn cap.

9. Punch in the pointed corners of the bag to make the acorn look rounded.

 

How to Make the Paper Bag Squirrel

1. Stuff a paper lunch bag about three quarters full with plastic grocery bags or wadded up paper scraps.

2. Fold the cornes of the bag in and then down and glue it closed.

3. Cut head, feet, tail, and arm shapes from construction paper and glue them to the stuffed paper bag.

4. To finish glue on google eyes, and cut slits all around the tail to make it look furry.

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Paper Bag Acorn Crafts for Kids

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This is a great educational craft for home school projects. Use this craft with books about acorns. Have your children write poems on the leaves and attach them to their paper bag acorns. Display the acorns with silk oak leaves and paper bag squirrels.

Follow the directions above to make the paper bag acorns.

Cut out oak leaf shapes from green or other colors of paper. Read books about acorns (See below), and have your children write a poem about trees or acorns. Or have them use the poem below.

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"The Oak Inside the Acorn"

306019: The Oak Inside the Acorn
The Oak Inside the Acorn
By Max Lucado / Tommy Nelson

In his touching picture book, master storyteller Max Lucado reveals that each one of us was created for a special purpose. The Oak Inside the Acorn is a heart-warming parable that encourages children to be the best they can be for God. This parallel to the bestselling book for adults, Cure for the Common Life, reminds parents to focus on their children's God-given abilities, while Children will see that all they need to do is to "Just be the tree God made you to be."

Little Acorn sees himself as very small and he's unsure of what he's supposed to do in life. Eventually, he grows into Big Oak, but he still wonders about his purpose. Though he tries as hard as he can, he can't grow oranges like his friends the orange trees, or produce beautiful flowers like his friends Pink Petunia or Rosie. But finally, he discovers that his mighty branches were created for a very special purpose! Recommended for ages 5 to 10.

 

The Tiniest Acorn
By Marsha T. Danzig

This is a great story for young children. They will identify with Lulu a tiny acorn that doesn't have any control over her world. As she is blown from place to place she meets other objects that have their place and a purpose in the world. She meets a tall pine tree that reaches up into the sky and shades everything below. This makes Lulu wonder what she can do. Lulu is blown into a field of daises that sway in the wind and brighten the fields. Lulu knows she isn't as pretty as the daisies, and wonders again what she can do. She meets other objects, and each time she compares herself to them. Finally she is discovered by a young boy who knows more than she does. He plants her in the ground.

Lulu doesn't realize what is happening to her and is a little scared, but after a long time she learns that she has become a beautiful oak tree and that her purpose in life is to protect people from the sun and to share her beauty in the fall. But best of all she learns that she is to pass along her wisdom to her children and help them to realize their purpose.

 

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Fall Acorn Craft

Fall Acorn Craft for Kids from www.daniellesplace.com"There's power in the acorn and there's power in me.
Just like the tiny acorn that grows to be a tree,
Whose branches reach to heaven for all the world to see,
When I reach up to thee, Lord, I'll become what I am supposed to be."
© Carolyn Warvel

(It is illegal to copy this poem and place it on another web site even if you include the author.)

What you will need: Brown and tan construction paper or card stock, brown yarn, hole punch, Scotch tape, and glue.

What to do: Print out the pattern for the Acorn Top onto dark brown paper and Acorn Bottom with Poem onto tan paper.

If you would like your children to come up with their own poem, you can use the Blank Acorn Bottom Pattern.

1. Cut out the patterns, punch hole where indicated.

2. Cut long lengths of brown yarn and wind tape around on end.

3. Show your children how to weave the yarn around the acorn top through the holes. Tape the end of the yarn to the back of the acorn.

4. Glue the top of the acorn to bottom of the acorn.

This craft goes along with the book The Boy Who Dreamed of an Acorn by Leigh Casler, Illustrated by Shonto Begay, published by Penguin Books, 345 Hudson, NY, 10014.

In this book a young Indian boy goes on a spirit quest to discover what his gifts are. He wanted to dream a powerful dream of a bear or mountain lion, but he only dreamed of a tiny acorn that seemed to him to have no power at all. He went to a wise man who told him, "To each a different gift is given, and to each a different dream does come. Be happy with with your dream." This story is about how a boy learns to accept his gifts and learns that each gift has a different kind of power. (This book is currently out of print, but you may be able to find it in your library. If your library doesn't have this book, ask them to place a request for this book. If the publishing company gets enough requests, they just might put it back into print.)

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Acorn Shape Book

Children will enjoy making an acorn-shaped book. On the inside pages they can draw pictures of things they can do even though they are still small.

Acorn Shape Book from www.daniellesplace.comThis little acorn shape book comes with a poem page and pages on which your children can write or draw about what they would like to be.

What you will need:

Tan and brown construction paper

White paper

Scissors

Crayons

Markers

How to Make the Acron Shape Book:

1. Print out the Acorn Bottom onto tan paper and the Acorn Top onto brown paper. Cut out the patterns. In class have your children glue the cap to the acorn and then draw a face on the acorn.

2. Print out the Acorn Pages with Poem onto white printer paper, make copies, and cut them out. Print out the Blank Acorn Pages onto white paper to make extra pages.

3. In class have your children read the poem and discuss it. Have them think about what they would like to be and draw pictures or write about it in their books.

How to Print or Copy these instructions.

What I Can Be
Written by Carolyn Warvel

You may think I’m just a little acorn,
Living way up in this tree,

But I have a little secret,
I’m much more than you can see.

You only see my outside,
But there’s a glorious seed in me.

I have a lot of potential,
There’s much more that I can be.

Someday I’ll fall from here
And grow to be a tree!©Carolyn Warvel

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Learning Activity for Christian Home Schools

Read Bible stories about people who did great things even though they were small such as the story of David and Goliath and Samuel as a young boy.

Print out the Acorn Cap Patterns onto brown paper and the Acorn Bottom Patterns onto tan paper.

Cut them out and glue the caps to the bottoms. Use the finished acorn as a template to cut pages from white paper.

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God's Oak Tree by Allia Zobel Nolan

This beautifully illustrated book is a great way to teach your children about God's Plan for the whole world. It tells the story about how God planned for a tiny acorn to become a mighty oak tree and produce more or its kind.

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8. Color a Picture of an Acorn with a Poem - Before class print out copies of the following poem.

Acorn Picture and Poem Craft from www.daniellesplace.comBe What You Were Meant to Be
Written by Carolyn Warvel

I’m just a little acorn way up in a tree
I may not seem important, but God has a plan for me.
Someday I may become the tree inside of me.

You don’t have to worry about what you cannot see.
Just put your trust in Jesus because he is the key.
He’ll help you to become the person you were meant to be.

Leave room on the paper for your children to draw a picture of an acorn. (A pattern for this craft is available to members on The Resource Room.) In class have your children draw a picture of an acorn to go along with the poem. You can also make a frame for the picture by cutting off the sides and gluing the picture to a piece of construction paper. Have your child glue fun foam leaf shapes all around the edge. (Problems Printing?)

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"The Boy Who Dreamed of an Acorn"

Acorn Craft from www.daniellesplace.comThe Boy Who Dreamed of an Acorn - by Leigh Casler, Illustrated by Shonto Begay, published by Penguin Books, 345 Hudson, NY, 10014.

This is a wonderful book about the gifts we are given and how we can learn to be happy with the way we were created. In this book a young Indian boy goes on a spirit quest to discover what his gifts are. He wanted to dream a powerful dream of a bear or mountain lion, but he only dreamed of a tiny acorn that seemed to him to have no power at all. He went to a wise man who told him, "To each a different gift is given, and to each a different dream does come. Be happy with your dream." This story is about how a boy learns to accept his gifts and learns that each gift has a different kind of power. (This book is currently out of print, but you may be able to find it in your library. If your library doesn't have this book, ask them to place a request for this book. If the publishing company gets enough requests, they just might put it back into print.)

The acorn craft above can be found on the Fall Crafts Page.

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"Five Little Acorns" Printable Itty Bitty Book For Christian Home Schools

TAcorn Bookhis Itty Bitty book goes along with the book "The Oak Inside the Acorn" and "God's Oak
Tree
".

Five Little Acorns

Five little acorns way up in a tree, one let go and said, "God has a plan for me.
Four little acorns way up in a tree, one dropped off and then there were three.
Three little acorns way up in a tree, one leaped off and said, "I want to be a tree!
Two little acorns way up in a tree, along came a squirrel as big as could be. One little acorn yelled, "You better flee!"
And the squirrel said, "Oh, good, there's one left for me!"
©2008, Carolyn Warvel

This book is available to members only. Go to the Printable Books Page for a pattern and directions.

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"The Busy Tree" Crafts and Learning Activities

The Busy Tree Printable Activity Sheet"The Busy Tree" by Jennifer Ward and Lisa Falkenstern explains the significance of a strong, healthy tree with roots that go deep into the soil. Each page gives another example of how the tree shelters, protects, and supports wildlife and people.

Although the story is simple and straight forward it can be used to explore the deeper Biblical concept in Jeremiah 17:7-8 that when our roots are anchored in God's words we can stand up against trouble putting our trust in God, and that we will produce fruit and draw others to Jesus.

Use the Activity Sheet (available to members only) to go along with this book. Children color the picture, draw in roots, and glue on pictures of animals.

You can also find a Bible lesson "Rooted in God's Love" with more crafts and activities on The Resource Room to go along with this book.

 

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Acorn Nut Metal Cookie Cutter

Use can use this cookie cutter for Holiday
Baking, Christmas Party Favors, as a stamp
or as a stencil, or to make play dough shapes.

 

Leaf Trouble

 

Squirrel Cookie Cutter

Use the adorable cookie cutter to make cookies
for a fall-themed party, use with play dough or as a stamp or as a stencil to make fall-themed crafts.

 

Oak Leaf Cookie Cutter

Use this leaf cookie cutter to make cookies for
your fall-themed activities, or as a stamp or stencil
to make crafts for fall.

 

Fall Leaf Clings Party Accessory

These make great fall decorations for you
windows.

 

Carson Dellosa Acorns Cut-Outs

 

Little Acorn Grows Up

 

Hallmark Watson the Raccoon Book #2 Watson
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A Tree Can Be Children's book

A tree can be