Thursday, October 13, 2011

All about acorns

Acorns are one of my favorite things about autumn (along with crunching through leaves and eating cinnamon donut holes with spiced hot apple cider), so it should come as no surprise that it was all about acorns at Camp Scarlet today. 

As I mentioned in this post, last week we went on an acorn hunt, so we had examples of acorns from 3 different varieties of oak to use for inspiration.  Did you know that different oak trees produce very different looking acorns?
First, we made these:
To make your own, cut an acorn nut shape out of brown paper (or paint some white paper brown, like we did--while the paint was still wet, we sprinkled a little cinnamon on top to add dimension and make them smell good). Then cut an acorn top shape out of a different shade of brown paper (we used a paper grocery bag).
Next, glue small brown things to the acorn top. We used pine cone pieces, but you could easily use buttons, beads, or even tissue paper. I thought about using sand, too (or you could cut the whole thing out of sandpaper). Instant coffee or chocolate cookie crumbs would work, too.  Don't forget to use plenty of glue!

All of that artsing and crafting left us ravenous, so we decided to make some acorns we could eat.  
To make some, choose glazed or plain donut holes.  Spread something sticky, like peanut butter, nutella, or frosting, on the top third of a donut hole, then dip them in something yummy, small, and brownish in color, like chocolate jimmies (that's sprinkles, for those of you who don't know), mini chocolate chips, chopped peanuts, graham cracker crumbs, or toffee bits.  Add a pretzel stick stem, and enjoy!
 We used glazed, peanut butter, and jimmies.

Then it was off to the library for story time and to find some books about acorns, like these:

Now that we've got some autumny looking decor, it looks like the weather might finally be starting to pay attention to the calendar.  What's your favorite thing about fall?

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