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12+ Fall Mason Jar Crafts

Mason Jars are fantastic for storage, but did you know they are also a favorite supply for crafters? 
This collection of 12+ Fall Mason Jar Crafts has fabulous ideas. I have a feeling you are going to love these ideas for how to use mason jars in your fall crafting sessions.

From lovely luminaries to mason jars that look like Indian corn, this collection has ideas for everyone. I can't wait to hear which is your favorite. 

Fall Leaf Mason Jar Luminaries by Create Craft Love
Fall Pine Cone Mason Jars by Pillar Box Blue
Fall Mason Jars by Crafts by Amanda
Hanging Fall Mason Jars by Live Laugh Rowe
Fall Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holders by Creative Homemaking
Fall Mason Jar Centerpiece by DIY Beautify
Plaid Painted Mason Jars by Daily DIY Life
Mason Jar Centerpiece with Burlap Rosettes by Oh My Creative
Fall Themed Mason Jars by My Turn For Us
Glittery Pumpkin Mason Jars by The Best Ideas for Kids
Scarecrow Mason Jars by Easy Peasy Fun
Fall Harvest Corn Mason Jar by Thrifty Jinxy

You can find more mason jar ideas here.
Some of our favorite fall crafts include:

5 Must-Have ItemsTo Brighten Up Fall Fashion For You!

 Spooky season has officially arrived, which means we can finally enjoy the view of nature changing its colors. A lot of us take comfort in the fact that the weather will soon turn cozy, bringing the vibe of fall fashion that we deeply adore. Each year, the style statements keep changing, but if you’re the kind who loves to collect and use evergreen accessories, this blog is for you! Mixing and matching fall outfits can be confusing because of the color-coding, but accessorizing should not be! Today, we’re bringing you five such items that can match any of your outfits and won’t be a fashion faux pas anytime soon. Curious to know what they are? Let’s get started without any further ado!

  1. Stacked Rings: When in doubt, go to stackable rings! These rings look incredibly dainty and would suit any outfit. The best feature we love about them is that you can simply choose to wear just one on a few fingers depending on the clothes you wear. There are many beautiful pavé rings you can find locally or online on sale these days to add to your collection. Get a few spooky and edgy pieces to your stack for Halloween season and you’re golden! 

  2. Embellished Earrings: Winters also bring in the festivities, which means getting dolled up is in the books! One simple way to glam up any outfit is by wearing a show-stopping piece of jewelry, such as embellished earrings. Find pieces that are unique and frame your face beautifully. If you’re wearing large chunky earrings embellished with rhinestones, you can skip on the necklace knowing a little goes a long way! Get a few pairs in fall colors so that they can match the weather and mood perfectly.

  3. Fall Boots: Does it even fall without a trusty pair of boots? Pairing your dress with boots looks super cute when layered well. You can also wear boots with almost any outfit; just keep in mind to buy them in tan-to-neutral colors if you want them to match everything. However, you can also spice things up by buying a pair of trendy boots that have prints and embellishments.

  4. Leather Jacket: a vegan leather jacket can save the day or evening during fall and even winters. If you don’t know how cold it is going to get in the evening, carry one of these and you won’t have to worry. Leather jackets are a timeless fashion statement that will never go out of style, so you can buy one from a good brand; it will last you a long time if you look after it!

  5. Warm Scarf: Need to glam up your outfit on a windy day? Add a pretty scarf and you’re good to go. Scarves come in many fabrics and prints or textures. You can have a collection of a few scarves so that they match the outfit you’re wearing. For instance, cashmere scarves look stunning on formal attires, while wooly ones look amazing on jeans and plaid shirts.

Wrapping Up:

We hope you love our top favorites, they will never fail you! To create varying looks with a limited collection in your wardrobe, layer your outfits and you’ll see how wonderful these combinations can look! 

11 Apple Crafts to Make with the Kids

I can't help but get excited about the end of summer, because it means that fall is near! Trips to the orchard with the family; lots of action in the kitchen, the temps are finally cool enough for baking! And of course, the crafting with the kids! How could I not get excited for fall!? 

This year I have 11 apple craft to make with the kids to share with you that I know you will have fun making with your little ones!

 Apple Crafts to Make with the Kids

Toilet Paper Roll Apple Stamp
Paper Plate Apple Craft
Caramel Apple Fall Craft
Apple Suncatchers
Take a Bite Out of Fall Craft
Apple Playdough
Button Apple Trees
Fruit Loop Fall Tree
Apple Tree Craft
Toilet Roll Apples
Stuffed Paper Apples

I love all of these ideas! I am hoping to make them all with the kids! We are planning to make these Apple Tree Window Clings again this year but we might make it a crafting marathon with these great ideas!

You can find my Halloween posts here

You might also like this easy homemade play dough recipe

5 Tips to Sleep Well During the Summer to Fall Transition

5 Tips to Sleep Well During the Summer to Fall Transition

September is here, and soon the world will be transitioning from a pool bag to a school backpack. With the nights growing colder, there is no better time to snuggle up on the couch with a warm blanket to admire the foliage outdoors.

However, the summer to fall transition can be a sleep-altering season thanks to rapid weather changes. One day it can be hot, and the next day you won’t be able to go out without a jacket. These changes can throw off your sleep pattern. However there are several ways to deal with these changes and get the best sleep possible.

1. Regulate Your Surroundings

Typically, people find it hard to sleep in warm rooms, so summer tends to be a difficult season to obtain a good night of sleep. However, everyone has a different skin temperature that is ideal for sleep. So, your task during the transition period is to find your perfect sleep temperature.

Once you figure out your ideal temperature, set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature. You can use a portable fan or open and close the blinds as required to regulate the temperature in your bedroom. Additionally, you might also want to use a humidifier. Cold weather can lead to your skin getting dry and your lips getting chapped. Using a humidifier can help you moisturize your skin and the air, thereby preventing dry skin, asthma, allergies, congestion, and more.  

2. Change Your Decor

Your bedroom décor can also significantly impact your sleep pattern. To adorn your bedroom in a fall-based theme, begin by switching to linen bedding, a thicker blanket, flannel sheet, fluffy comforter, and lots of comfy pillows. This will add instant coziness and texture to your bedroom.

When it comes to other aspects of your bedroom, consider softening your bedroom with a little bit of lighting. For instance, you can add a bedside lamp with a low-watt bulb. Nevertheless, make sure you choose bulbs with warm tones. You might want to add curtains in a dark color too. The darker the colors, the cozier the feel.

3. Find Both Cooling and Heating Items

You may require an electric blanket for chilly nights. Much like a cooling pillow, an electric blanket can keep you warm during colder nights and give you a quality night’s sleep. You might also want to use space heaters.

Additionally, make sure your mattress is as comfortable and supportive as possible. If your mattress isn’t giving you the proper support you require, get one that suits your specific sleep style. Consider investing in a cooling mattress or lightweight sheets to help regulate the body temperature on warmer nights.

4. Stick to a Schedule

Like animals hibernating, humans also switch into hibernation mode during the summer to fall transition period. With the end of daylight savings time, the amount of light that reaches earth decreases. The lack of exposure to sunlight can alter your body’s natural circadian rhythm (your body’s internal clock). Hence, you must stick to a consistent sleep schedule to get the recommended eight hours a night.

Additionally, ensure you continuously expose yourself to natural light to keep your body clock on track. If natural light is limited at your home, move your desk to a sunny spot where you can bask in sunlight every day. Sunlight exposure induces hormones that help you wake up and feel refreshed.

5. Combat Allergies

Seasonal transitions can result in various forms of allergies. They can disturb you both day and night. You might want to make some simple changes to your sleeping environment to combat nighttime allergies.

Start by trading out any feather pillows and down comforters for bedding made with synthetic materials. Anything made of feathers is a big no for allergies. You can also use zippered covers for your pillow, box spring, and mattress for easy washability to keep dust mites at bay. When it comes to bedding, choose things that can be easily washed and dried on high heat.

Don’t Let the Transition Affect Your Sleep

A good night’s sleep is crucial to wake up and feel like the best version of yourself. When you are well-rested, you will have the energy to get through the day and check off all the to-dos on your list without ever feeling tired. Unfortunately, a lot of people struggle to get enough sleep during seasonal changes. By better understanding the seasonal changes and their impact on your sleep, you will easily clock quality sleep hours.

12+ Tree Crafts for Kids

 Fall is near and I am super excited about crafting with my kids! We love to display our work around the house and add a festive touch to our decor.  If you are looking for some cute as can be ways to craft trees with the kids, you are in the right spot! i found 12+ Tree Crafts for Kids to share with you.

Click through the links to check out the tutorials. There are some really fun ideas on this list; for all ages and skill levels. 


Puzzle Piece Tree
Torn Paper Trees
Autumn Splatter Trees
Leaf Stamped Trees
Dish Brush Trees
Twig Paintings
Pumpkin Seed Tree Art
Hand-print Fall Tree Project
Fingerprint Autumn Trees
Autumn Button Branch
Fall Tree Sun-catchers
Tree Silhouette Place-mats

Which of these ideas do you think your kids would love the most? If you have a tree craft I would love to hear about it in a comment! 

You can find all of our favorite kids crafts for fall here

7 Days of Apple-licious Recipes

7 Days of Apple-licious Recipes

If a trip to the orchard is in your near future I have found 7 of the yummiest ways to use the bounty of fruit you will bring home. If the old saying "An Apple a Day" is true you will be in good shape after trying out these recipes for a week of yummy treats.

While this may look like an ordinary bundt cake, your tastebuds will quickly inform you otherwise after they meet the hidden cheese cake layer of this Caramel Glazed Apple Bundt Cake.

Apple Pie Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Waffles... I am sorry, what were we talking about?!

For a sweet alternative to your average chips and dip turn to Apple Pie Dip for addictive snacking.

Apple Fries? Oh my goodness. This I must try!

Fried Apples with honey sound like a yummy way to eat an apple a day.

Apple Crisp No Bake Cookies sound divine. I am a sucker for apple crisp and anything that requires no baking.

What is your favorite Apple Dessert Recipe?

Who says Apples are only for desserts or eating as is? I found 7 ways you can incorporate an apple a day into your dinner plans for tasty meals that are sure to please the entire family.

 A fall dinner has never been more flavorful than it is when you serve Caramel Apple Pork Chops.

Apple Bacon Coleslaw makes a drool worthy side to compliment a variety of entrees. 

Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin offers many delicious samples of fall flavors with minimal efforts on your part.

Butternut Squash + Apple Soup makes a great meal on a blustery fall day.

Ideal for a quick on the go nosh, or just a yummy way to eat a cool dinner. These Chicken Salad Apple Sandwiches are perfectly portable, yummy and healthy.

This Chicken Pesto Pizza looks yummy! I love the topping of sliced apples for a completely unique flavor.

Apple Cheese Soup sounds fantastic. I love apples, cheese and soup so I know there is no going wrong with this recipe.

What dishes do you prepare for dinner that contain apples?

Apple Tree Window Cling

Fall days are the perfect time to find inspiration from nature and create fun crafts with the kids. This easy DIY window decal comes together within a few moments and adds a colorful touch to your windows. The kids will love displaying their artwork for the world to see!

This is such a simple project you guys! For $2 you can make a dozen or more window decals to add a festive fall touch to your windows! Best of all, this imaginative craft is perfect for the kids!

To make an apple tree window cling you will need:
Transparent contact paper, cut to the size you wish to work with. We used a 6'x4" section.
Tissue Paper Squares in dark green and yellow
One strip of brown construction paper

First peel the backing off of the contact paper and lay it sticky side up. Add a strip of brown paper for the tree trunk.

Cut several circles from your yellow tissue paper, place around the tree trunk.

Next lay your squares of green tissue paper over the yellow dots, forming the leaves of the tree. 

Finally, find a window that gets a lot of sun and smooth the sticky side to the window. It will peel off without mess or residue whenever you are ready to take it down.

I love this craft for kids because it introduces them to a sticky texture to work with, and manipulating the paper into the right placements is great for fine motor skill development.

You might also enjoy this Fall Tree Silhouette Placemat Craft for kids.

Cork and Button Apple Tree Process Art

This cork and button apple tree process art is perfect for preschoolers or kindergartners this fall. It is an easy activity that requires very little prep. 

We love process art, and we love all things fall around here! Harper and I have been hoarding fall decor since we saw the first adorable decorative pumpkin in stores back in July. Rolf is not so quick to jump seasons, but on the first of September, he said "Finally! It is September. Now we can buy all the pumpkins we want without comment." HA! 

Harper and I felt like painting and wanted to start on some fridge decorations for the season. We came up with these adorable cork and button apple trees. They are so worthy of displaying! Plus, they are easy to make!

Supplies Needed: 
Paint in Brown and Green
A Wine Cork
A Paper Plate
White Paper

Pour a quarter sized drop of both the brown and the green paint onto a paper plate.
Offer your child the cork.
Encourage your child to first stamp the trunk of the tree with the cork.
Then ask your child to give the tree leaves with the green paint.
Allow to dry for about an hour in a warm, sunny place.

When the paint has dried, offer your child the glue and some buttons. We used yellow for this project to make the kind of apples we like. Feel free to use red, green or even a mix if you like. As you can see below we also made one with red buttons, just because we had so much fun the first time.

Encourage your child to spread out the buttons, pressing them onto dots of glue.

Allow the glue time to dry. Then display! This is perfect for refrigerator art!

Are you looking for more awesome apple art projects for kids? 
Here are some favorites:

Dear Weary Mom

Dear Weary Mom,
Some Days I want to pull my hair out, throw myself face first on the floor and kick and scream, lock myself in the bathroom, go back to bed and cover my face with a pillow and pretend I cannot hear my family demanding that Mom come to the rescue. I think we all feel that way sometimes. Being a Mom is a lot of work. Sometimes it is hard, sometimes it is discouraging. Somedays it is frustrating.

Today was not one of those days. Today was maybe the best day I have had as a Mom in a long time.

My son woke me up in the best way possible. He gave me a few pats, I heard him giggle. Then he gave me a kiss on my forehead. I opened my eyes and smiled at him, he was smiling at me, then he said "Happy!" Yes. To wake up to a sweet and happy boy makes a good way to start the day.

Our morning was nice. Roo was hungry and ate his breakfast without a fuss, then he was ready to play. He quietly laid down on the floor and got involved in a session of matchbox cars.

I had a doctors appointment this morning (please note I am writing this post for publication several weeks in advance in preparation of my downtime after childbirth), and my husband stayed home to help me out with Roo. He was glad to see Daddy was home. We took the time to bake pumpkin cookies per Adam's request as today was also his birthday.

I had a good visit with the doctor today. We have a week to go until Harper is here at this point and I am ready! To show my appreciation for my doc and his fantastic staff I went armed with tokens of affection for the exceptional care they have given me. It made me feel good to show these hard working people that their efforts don't go unnoticed by me. I am truly grateful to have been under their care.

When I returned I got to hear all about a trip to the park with Daddy and we grabbed lunch. Roo was cute, happy and sweet. We ran some errands together. This included a trip to the pet store where Roo and I checked out the cats up for adoption. He is really into cats right now. He was cute to watch. For his cuteness we went next door for a new utility ball, perfect for kicking around outside.

We were going to go to a corn maze, but an accident blocking the road kept us from continuing on. We spotted a rummage sale at a church and decided to hit it up instead. My son was lucky to find a big wheel there in good condition and for the bargain price of $5. How could I say no?

We took Daddy out for dinner. While we were in the booth my son showered me with hugs, kisses and cuddles. We giggled together, we held onto each other for long moments, moments I wish I could freeze and make last forever. Roo was a great dining companion today and ate his dinner without a fight.

When we got home and he had his bath and stories I asked him if I could lie down with him for a while, he patted the bed and invited me to cuddle up next to him. It took him a long time to fall asleep as he didn't want to let me go. I felt the same way and savored the moments of him touching my hair and face. Everytime he would start to nod off he would wake himself up and give me one more kiss. My hormones were in overdrive and I couldn't help but let the tears fall. I love that little boy so much.

There are days when he is a gobblin, when he causes trouble, disobeys and destroys our house. There are days that I am exhausted and I don't take the time to just enjoy him... but the truth is I wouldn't change him for anything. I love his rotten, mischievous behaviors. I love that he is healthy and able to misbehave.

Dear Weary Mom, there are times when our kids make us crazy. There are times that it all seems like a lot of work, that it seems to be fruitless... but those days make us better parents. When we stop and realize that parenting is not easy, but it is worthwhile. That even the worst days are to be cherished and savored because that day is only lived once. We don't get it back. Hold onto it. Appreciate that your kids can be rotten. That they can get under your skin and make you feel something.

I am not the best parent ever. But I try. I have been trying to appreciate my son for who he is, the good, the bad, the nutty. I wish I would have realized sooner that he is only small once. Each day he is older, he is a little different with each day that passes. Someday he will be too big to wake me up with giggles and kisses. Someday he won't want to kiss his Mom in a restaurant. Someday he won't hold my hand and want to look at kitties, but today he does and for that I am so grateful to have had this time with him.

Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Shrimp

 This 6 ingredient dinner is PERFECT for busy nights this fall. It is so easy and delicious. The whole family will love this one, and it couldn't be anymore fuss free!

Now that school is back in session and we are getting geared up for the fall soccer season, I am all about sheet pan dinners. I love to toss everything in the oven and have less mess to clean up later, and I love that this dinner is fun to eat. Or am I the only one that loves biting shrimp from their tails?

This is such a fuss free meal. With just a few seasonings and some tasty butter, you are in business!
This meal only takes about 25 minutes from start to finish; so you can get a delicious dinner on the table even on the busiest of nights.

1 pound of frozen shrimp
1/2 pound of baby red potatoes, halved
1 pound of asparagus
1/4 cup of butter, melted
1/2 a Lemon 
2 teaspoons of garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper to taste

After cutting the ends off of the asparagus and halving the potatoes, place them on a sheet pan.
Add shrimp.

Add garlic and lemon, salt and pepper to the melted butter and stir.

Drizzle the butter over everything!

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
You might like to give everything a little stir at the halfway mark so that the veggies don't stick to the pan.


You can find other tasty recipes here

6 Things Not To Bargain Shop For

6 Things Not To Bargain Shop For

We all love a good bargain. Saving money is awesome and unless you are one of the nearly 500 billionaires in the United States, it is often a necessity.  As the financial adviser in my family, I try my best to get the most bang for my buck on every purchase. I check ebates to see if I can earn cashback.  I use my paypal debit card to purchase nearly everything I buy because I earn 1% cashback each month, which adds up! I look for sales, coupons and discounts. I even shop the closeout stores like Big Lots and Ollie's Bargain Outlet. Who doesn't like buying stuff at a lower cost?

In all of my attempts to save money, I have discovered things you should not scrimp on. Things that are just worth the cost in the long run. I want to share these suggestions with you to help you in your attempts to save as much as you can.

I say buy something good for several good reasons. One your clothes are meant to last. Washing them in something like the brand from Dollar Tree is going to take a toll on your clothes. You can take my word for this. I bought a new pair of jeans, washed them in the cheap cheap LA Awesome (or something like that) brand exclusively. Ya know what? In 6 months time the denim was so worn and threadbare all over that I was afraid to go outdoors in them for fear they might just fall apart! I bought a new pair of jeans to replace the holy than thou pair and went back to Tide... same brand of jeans, same style. That was 5 years ago... I still have the 2nd new pair today. Secondly, your clothes should look and smell good after washing them. A cheap detergent is mostly water, it just can't do the job as well as Tide.

2. Deodorant
This should be a no brainer. Buy something good, don't try to save money here... cause no one wants to smell your attempts to save money on a hot summer day....

3. Pet Food
If you can't afford to feed a pet quality food, you shouldn't have a pet. Feeding off brands of food, such as EverPet, will lead to health issues. Pets deserve to be cared for in many ways, but their diet is vital to the overall health and well being of any pet. 

I have bought cheap trash bags before and ended up picking my trash up off the lawn as the bag rips, tears or whatever on the way to the curb. No fun, not worth saving $2 in my opinion.

5. Shoes
I think buying quality footwear is important. Not only do your feet feel better in great shoes, but they are safer. When my son was about 18 months old and on the go, go, go we found a great deal on a pair of well known kids shoes. I jumped on them. Days later I realized why they were so affordable... the hard way. The sole of the shoe detached, causing my toddler to fall and he got a black eye out of it. Since that moment, no more bargain buys on shoes. Find the new air force 1 here.

6. Pillows
I am not saying you need to spend a few hundred on a great pillow, but invest in one that is going to give you a good quality of sleep. I use a Technogel pillow. I love it. I can't sleep without it, without waking up in pain or exhausted. A good pillow is an investment in your quality of life. 

Do you have any items to add to this list? What do you think you should buy without bargain hunting?

Glam Pumpkin Make Over

From outrageous orange to golden glam in a flash! This is how to make those plastic pumpkins super stylish!

I was browsing at the local thrift shop a few weeks ago and I noticed they had a huge pile of Halloween stuff out. Everything was 10 cents. I sorted out about 10 plastic pumpkins and happily took them home. 

I grabbed some gold spray paint and gave them a generous coat. I let them dry throughout the day, and now I have some total glamorous pumpkins to display! It may be only August, but I am ready for a super stunning and stylish Halloween display this year!

You might want to wear gloves when you spray paint... I got a little too enthusiastic about the idea and I just went for it. My hands were a lovely shade of gold too. HA!

How am I going to use these glam pumpkins in my Halloween and fall decor?
Make sure you come back in a few weeks to peek at the final results. 

I am thinking to have hubby drill a hole in the bottom of a few and use them to plant mums.
I am going to stack 3 together and create a fall totem pole of fun. I am looking for Rose Gold and bronze spray paint to add to the colorful display!
If you have any ideas for my remaining 4 pumpkins, please leave it in a comment!

How To Save Money on Back to School Clothes

It’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking about getting the kids ready for another round of school in the fall. With that, usually comes a whole new wardrobe which can be a drain on your budget, especially if you have lots of little ones to shop for! Here are some tips for saving money on school clothes this fall.
How to Save Money on School Clothes

Make a budget. This seems pretty obvious, but if you are able to make a budget, you won’t find yourself in trouble when you realize you spent too much later.
Don’t discount thrift stores. They can often be sources of new or very gently used clothing. Many times, the tags are still attached. You can find brands names, too.
Start shopping early as many early sales start in July or the beginning or August. If you can’t make it then, try to go right after school starts and catch the “leftover sales” when there will be discounts on stuff that is over stocked. Make sure that you are also checking sites like Raise regularly to see if there are any coupons and codes available to help you save some money at the places you like to shop.
Convert summer clothes into cool weather clothes with just a couple modifications. For instance, polo tops and tees are great for any time of the year with a little layering and skirts go great with leggings. You can also shop end of season sales on summer clothing and make outfits with layers you buy for them.
Buy some basics and dress them up with accessories. Leggings and tunic tops for girls are great and plain t-shirts and separates are good for boys. Add in some belts, vests, scarves and jewelry to mix and match.
See what you have from last year that still fits and do an update by purchasing separates that go with them to fill in the gaps.
Hold a clothing swap. Do you have friends or neighbors with kids just a couple years older or younger than your own? Hold a back to school clothing swap and trade each other outfits for the upcoming school year. Not only will you save loads of money, but you will have extra closet room for new stuff when you get rid of your old stuff.
While at the thrift store, donate some of your old stuff. Many times, thrift stores offer coupons that give you a percentage off or a dollars off amount for every bag of clothing you donate to them to be used at a later date. Donate now and shop later for what you need.
Whatever you do, don’t sign up for new store credit card offers that give you a percentage off at the register just for signing up and charging your first purchase. You will come to regret that and many people end up spending far more money than they were going to by getting trapped in this offer.
Let your kids know up front that you won’t be spending a lot of money. If they are old enough, let them know what your budget is. If you can fit it in, allow one splurge item each.
Check out daily deals websites for savings on store credit. Many times, you can get some store credit at stores like sears for a discounted price on these types of websites.

Hungry Caterpillar Process Art

This easy Hungry Caterpillar Process art project is perfect for preschoolers and elementary aged kids. It gives them a chance to create an adorable picture to go along with story time. I don't know about you, but I love storybook crafts for kids!

This project is perfect for fall. We used fresh apples that were too bruised to eat, and painted these cuties with them. If you have an abundance of apples. maybe you will want to put one to work for this art project.

We have lots of apple crafts on site! 
These cork and button apple trees are a favorite fall craft for kids of all ages.
Corked Stamped Apples are an adorable craft for kids.
Apple Tree Window Clings are a fun budget friendly project.
3D Paper Apples are a good project for using up scrap paper.
Apple Tree Addition makes for a fun way to learn math.

An apple 
Green, red , yellow, black paint.
Paper Plate
A pencil
A knife

Slice an apple in half
Pour a large dallop of red, green and yellow paint onto a paper plate.
We kind of mixed a little green and yellow together to create a cool effect.
Offer a small drop of black paint.

Offer the child an apple and encourage the child to dip the apple into the paint, and stamp the apple, so that the circles touch one another, going across the page.

Have your child give the caterpillar 4 or 5 segments.
Then encourage the child to dip the other apple half into the red paint and stamp the apple to form the head.

Next, dip the pencil into the black paint and create the eyes and mouth of the caterpillar.
Next, dip the pencil into the yellow paint and finish the eyes.
Now, I know what you are thinking.
Why not use a paintbrush?
Well, we did try that, but it smeared the yellow and black together. We found that the pencil was much easier to work with; and it gave Harper the chance to paint with a non traditional object. We both enjoyed that! You can kind of see in the mouth of the caterpillar that it is a little messy; that was the paint brush. 

Next, grab the stem from the apple and dip it into the green paint.
Give the caterpillar some antennae.

 Allow to dry completely. 

Display and enjoy this cute Hungry Caterpillar craft!