Gnomes love the fall!

fall gnome
fall gnome

What are the gnomes all doing each morning just at eight?

They jump out of their beds because it is so late!

(adapted from The Dwarfs’ Day from Clump-a-Dump and Snickle-Snack by Johanne Russ)

We made little gnomes like the one above in my parent-child classes a couple weeks ago and have been using them to tell the story of the gnomes day, which goes from 8 in the morning to eight in the evening, and includes many activities including polishing their shoes until they shine–at 9, eating dinner with a spoon at noon, hitching up a pony to go out for a drive at five. It’s a fun song with lots of la la la-ing while the gnomes work and play.

Anyhow, these gnomes are simple to make out of wool (or other) felt.  I used some felted sweaters for our class.  The wool ones worked well, but the cashmere ones were too soft and although they felt nice, they didn’t hold their shape too well.

gnome instructions
gnome instructions

Here is a pattern I made. The gnomes I make are 2 to 2 1/2 inches tall and are stuffed with wool, with a little tuft pulled out to make a beard.  Sometimes we just use them as finger puppets because some of the children like to pull out the stuffing.

more gnomes enjoying the fall scenery
more gnomes enjoying the fall scenery
fall scenery
fall scenery

Happy fall everyone!

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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