Hello Little New-Yorkers!
Follow along with this post to create this project at home, and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm where we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook, all from the comfort of your home.
For this project, we are inspired by Over in the Meadow by Olive A. Wadsworth, illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. Wadsworth wrote the story in 1870 based on a traditional counting rhyme, and Keats brought the poem to life with his illustrations in 1971. The book is a celebration of the natural world, with turtles, spiders, trees, and ponds filling the pages.
At this time of year, we are thinking about natural bounty and harvests. Today we are sharing this autumn garland project with you!
- Download and print the autumn garland template. Print multiple copies if you want a long line of gourds and leaves!
- Something to draw with: colored pencils, markers, or crayons
- Yarn or pipe cleaners
*A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
Using your coloring materials, color in the shapes on your autumn garland. Think about what colors and designs you might see on these leaves, pumpkins, pine cones, and acorns in fall. Color as many sheets as you like, depending on how long you want your garland to be!
Cut around your decorated natural shapes. Make sure you don’t cut on the dotted line (that line shows you where to fold your shape).
Layout a piece of yarn or pipe cleaner—your garland can be as short or long as you like. Take one of your cut-out natural shapes, put it colored-side down and then tuck it under the string. Put glue on the back of the two shapes. Then fold the two halves together, so the natural shapes line up with their “twin.” Make sure your string is inside the folded shape! Repeat until your string is full. You can choose the pattern and spacing on your garland.
Choose where you’ll hang your garland! Pull your string across your selected space and tape it up at either end.
We hope you enjoy this activity! Share your creations in the comments below and during our online sessions of Little New-Yorkers @ Home Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm. See you then!