This is by far one of my favorite events in school with my kids. This year it was my own children’s turn to make a project. I was so excited to do this, that I started planning in the beginning of the year!
When fall came I started taking one of my children to go collect Acorn tops. We collected big and little ones. We knew the bottoms fall off the trees way before the tops do. Once we saw the bottoms on the ground we knew it wouldn’t be too much longer. We waited another 3 weeks and finally there were a lot on the ground. We did have to get a few from the trees because we needed a hundred of them and not enough had fallen off yet. When we had enough, we put them in a bag in the garage and waited for our 100th day of school! Finally the week came for the project! Our 100th day of school fell on Valentines day this year, so they postponed the celebration until the 15th. I grabbed a brownish orange posterboard from the store to use for the body. I drew the acorn first, but found later I should have just drawn a line to show my child where to stop and let her glue them on. My origional acorn was too large for the ammount of acorn tops that we had. We wound up just drawing the line after a few mishaps.
First we counted out our 100 acorn tops and double, tripple checked our count. This is important because it is very hard to recount them after they are on the acorn. I am sure there is a better way to glue them on so you can count them easier, maybe in 10 rows of 10, but we didnt’ think of this until after we already had them glued on. She painted a thick layer of glue on about 2 inches wide and 12″ long, and then she started to put the acorn tops on the glue. We added more glue with a paint brush as we worked our way to the top of the acorn and the stem. This kept the glue from drying too fast on us.
Another lesson learned is: I would have used Elmers Glue All instead of school glue. It was way too watery, and left the paper pretty wet and hard to dry. By morning it still wasn’t dried, so I turned it over and turned the ceiling fan on and that helped it to dry while we were getting ready for school. It was still a little wet an hour later, but not too bad. Another thing that was helpful is I put a heavy book on top of the acorn tops to keep the paper from folding and lifting up as it dried. After she had all the tops on, I cut out an acorn shape on the bottom. I think it turned out great! And she was pretty proud of it too! Her teacher loved it and hung it up in the classroom. She was the only one who did something like this and felt even more of a sense of pride when she saw her teacher make such a big deal out of it and to hear the oohs and aahs of her classmates. She collected the acorns herself with a little help from her big sister, and she glued them all on herself, and counted them out all by herself. The only thing I did was show her how much glue to use and how to put the glue on the first time, and then i cut out the final shape. We had a blast working on this together, and I can’t wait to do another 100 days of school project with my youngest child next year!