People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and show a culture's traditions with this festive wreath!
1. Find out about harvest stories and traditions in your country. Or find out about harvest celebrations elsewhere. When did these festivals begin? How are they celebrated? Who takes part in them?
2. Depending on the climate and soil, different fruits and vegetables are celebrated. The dates for harvest festivals vary too. Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October, while the United States observes Thanksgiving in November. When do other countries hold similar events? What about those in the Southern Hemisphere?
3. Choose one country. Find out what fruits and vegetables grow there. Create your wreath as a symbol of the harvest in that country.
4. With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, draw a large ring on cardboard or posterboard. This will be the base of your wreath. Cut it out with Crayola Scissors.
5. Cover your art area with newspaper. Using Crayola Watercolor Paints and Brushes, paint several coffee filters in fall leaf colors. On watercolor paper, draw and color harvest fruits and vegetables that are grown in the country you chose. Air dry.
6. Outline a leaf on each colored filter. Cut out leaves. With a Crayola Glue Stick, attach the leaves on the cardboard ring.
7. Cut out fruits and vegetables. Glue them onto ring to complete the wreath.
Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.
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Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.
- Create a seasonal wreath at any time of the year using the same process. For winter, you might use holly leaves and berries. For spring or summer, try green leaves and flowers.
- Research the meaning of a cornucopia. Draw and color harvest fruits and vegetables. Place them inside a horn of plenty.
- What other events are traditionally celebrated by various cultures? What are some similarities and differences in these observances?