Simple Tree Skirt

What you need:
• Felt, 60 square inches (about 2 yards)
• 2 bulldog clips
• String
• Tailor’s chalk
• Small plate
• Scissors

What you do:
1. Fold the felt in half to create a triangle. Fold the triangle in half to create another smaller triangle.
2. Use the bulldog clip to attach one end of a long string to the folded corner of the fabric. Use the other bulldog clip to secure the other end of the string to a piece of tailor’s chalk. Holding the string taut, swing your “compass” from edge to edge in a quarter-circle, drawing an arc with the chalk.
3. With the fabric still folded and using the small plate as a guide, trace an arc onto the folded, 90-degree corner of the felt. Leave it folded, and use scissors to cut along the trace marks.
4. Unfold the felt halfway, and cut a slit along one of the folds from the edge of the circle cutout in the middle to the edge of the felt.

Pumpkin Lantern

What you need:
• 8.5×11 orange construction paper
• string or ribbon
• a hole puncher
• a sticker or tape

What you do:
• Cut your construction paper into strips that are equal in length and width.
• Stack the papers and punch holes through the top and bottom of each strip.
• String the strips on your piece of string or ribbon. Seal the string with a piece of tape or sticker.
• String through the top holes.
• Pull the string tight until the paper bows out. Tie off the top (make sort of a bow/messy knot. It just needs to be big enough that the string doesn’t go back through the paper).
• Fan out the strips until you have created a sphere shape.
• Hang your pumpkin.

Tangrams for Kids

Tangrams are ancient Chinese puzzles that are still used today by both adults and children. A tangram begins with a square. This square is cut into seven standard pieces. Each piece is called a tan. When creating pictures with tangrams all seven pieces must be used to complete each picture.   When tangrams are used during storytelling, the storyteller arranges the tans to show the shape of the characters in the story. Each new arrangement helps to tell the story elements as the story develops.   Tangrams are also excellent tools to teach spatial relationships, geometry, and fractions. Tangrams puzzles are fun to solve and to create!     
The tangram as an invention is not recorded in history. The earliest known Chinese book is dated 1813 but the puzzle was already very old by then. At that time it was considered a game for women and children.
Tangrams became very popular during the 19th century in Europe and America. This happened as trade with China opened up and sailors brought home new amusements they discovered during their travels. It is said that Tangram translated from Old English is “puzzle” or “trinket.
The “Chinese Puzzle” over the years has created many books and picture card sets.
Some examples of Chinese tangram sets still exist today with pieces carved from and/or inlaid with ivory, jade and other fine materials from the early 1800’s.

What you need:
• Foam Sheet ( 2 different colors)
• Scissors
• All Purpose Glue
• Printable Pattern

What you do:
• Trace foam tangram from pattern provided. Cut out.
• Glue down shapes to another piece of foam in pattern of an animal of your choice.
• Follow pattern provided.