When the cooler weather starts to slowly creep in and the leaves start to change colors, it is time to start fall themed crafting with your children. I love fall because you are able to utilize hiking to teach your child about nature and subsequently come home and create a craft based on what you discussed.
Apple Pie Play Dough
Head out to the apple orchard and pick some apples with the family. I take my own baskets and some water for washing an apple for each child to snack on, since they can not wait until home to take a bite. Once we are home we make Apple Pie Play Dough by Emma Owl to continue the fun. This recipe is soft and silky with the combination smell of allspice and cinnamon.
Hanging Bat Craft
This Hanging Bat Craft is a great activity after a hike in the woods and the idea is to collect a bag of small twigs. The twigs provide a way to hang your bats and display them easily. This craft is also good as a Halloween display. The craft is by Buggy and Buddy and it can be displayed with colorful Fall leaves.
Either go for a hike or collect colorful leaves of different shapes in the back yard. Whichever way you gather the leaves, go through the bag to lay out the different leaves and see if you can identify the type of tree the leaves came off of by shape! It is a true learning experience. Purchase google eyes, small buttons and glue and decorate each leaf with a face and buttons down the front. The items easily adhere with glue. Make your family out of leaves and display for everyone to see. This is a craft I do with my children every fall.
Paper Plate Fall Wreaths
Another good use of the fall leaves is a wreath made out of a paper plate and decorated with colorful leaves. These Paper Plate Fall Wreaths may be displayed on your front door or a bedroom door. This craft is by The Mad House and is easy for little ones to make by simply gluing the leaves on to the paper plate.
Autumn Cork Painting
Are you wishing you had a way to utilize wine corks? This simple project of Autumn Cork Painting by the Picky Apple is easy to set up outside on an easel with paints and corks. Your child can look at the trees and decide how they want to decorate their tree with leaves made from cork printing. It is easy to clean up and a way to enjoy the outdoor weather. It is a great rainy day activity also.
Pine Cone Apple Craft
Another great item to collect in the fall are pine cones. They are usually easy to find and can be used for several different crafts. In this craft by Non Toy Gifts the Pine Cone Apple Craft turns the pine cone into an apple. It is fun to see the transformation take place and the painting provides a good hand eye coordination project. This is a good small gift for the teacher if your child is going back to school.
Fall Leaf Garland
Making a display of hanging leaves can be a great way to decorate the entrance to a room. It can be made by lacing together real leaves or leaves from your local craft shop. I buy large plastic needles from the local craft store and heavy clear thread so it is safe for my children to utilize. This craft is something I have created myself as a Fall craft by looking at displays in craft shops. An example is Fall Leaf Garland Display by KHallberg Design.This makes a beautiful backdrop for Fall pictures.
Making a craft with a footprint or handprint is always a great keepsake for every family. This turkey is a simple footprint from paint and then add colorful construction paper feathers. Add eyes and feet and you have the perfect Footprint Turkey. This craft is by craftspilot and also utilizes some glue.
Easy Apple Prints for Toddlers
Utilize those apples from the orchard for crafting projects. These Easy Apple Prints For Toddlers are easily held and manipulated by the younger crowd in your household. Cutting an apple in half and then carving a built in handle makes it so much easier and not as messy. This craft is by Teaching Two and Three Year Olds and is a fun craft idea. My children enjoy projects that utilize food in different manners.
Lego Print Pumpkins
Utilizing legos for painting is one of my favorite craft projects. It is an easy craft that can be utilized over and over again. For this craft a pumpkin shaped construction cut out can be taped to a table to make it stable. Then using orange paint and a lego dipped in paint makes a textured pumpkin. When your child is done the lego may be washed off and returned to the toy bin. Easy clean up and when they are dry display the pumpkins on the refrigerator. This craft is
This Scarecrow Craft using large craft sticks is fun to make and easy for your child to use their creative side. It is fun to make a Mr. and a Mrs. to display.I always read a story about scarecrow
The Kind Scarecrow is on youtube as a read out loud. The scarecrow craft is easily glued sticks to cardboard with a felt hat and flower stickers or another design may be glued on the hat to personalize. My children like to glue their initials on the hat. This craft is by Somewhat Simple
Hot Chocolate Mug
A suggestion to use the remainder of your large craft sticks is this cute Hot Chocolate Mug craft with light blue paint and cotton as marshmallows. This is a craft by Glued to my Craft and will put a smile on all your childrens faces. While making this craft serve up some of your own hot chocolate with mini marshmallows. I like to add little mini chocolate sprinkles to the cotton marshmallows for fun.
Orange Yarn Pumpkins
Making some kind of pumpkin craft after we visit our favorite pumpkin patch is a family favorite. This is a great craft for making a lasting decoration to use year after year. It may be used as a centerpiece for the table by making different size pumpkins. This craft involves wrapping yarn with glue around an inflated balloon, allowing it to dry then pop the balloon. And a pipe cleaner tops it off for the stem.
Homemade Bird Feeder Pine Cones
This has always been a favorite for my children to make as the cooler weather starts to move in. The birds need to eat and having a homemade bird feeder hanging by a window or in the back yard provides everyone with some entertainment. Peanut butter on the pine cone with bird seed added is easy, fast, and fun to do over and over again. Add a ribbon or yarn and hang it outside. This craft is by Freebie Finding Mom and is basically very inexpensive to do when the family gathers their own pine cones.
Spider Web Art
This project can be spooky for Halloween or pretty when done in pastels and it is all up to your own family. Spider Web Art has salt added at the end to make it appear to have more of a texture or 3D style. For younger children a spider web can be printed out and older children may create their own web design. The use of watercolor paints makes this craft a success. This craft is by Lasso the Moon.
Felt Apple Pie
I love this craft because it can be finished as a craft with glue or it can be put together as a pretend pie over and over again. This craft is made of beige felt and red pom poms and is a great idea for hours of fun. I also use it to teach some basic cooking skills. This craft is by the Best Ideas for Kids and is so much fun to create.
Tie Dye Coffee Filter Monsters
My children like to make scary funny projects for Halloween and this craft fits that description. This craft uses coffee filters, marker and water to make the blended colors. Then an added face made with construction paper make it an easy craft. We like to put a hole in the top and put ribbon in the hole with a knot and hang them around the house for a Halloween delight. This craft was created by Raising little Superheros and is a fun way to teach tie dye for future summer tee shirt designs.
Simple Accordion Fold Paper Bat
This bat is another fun filled activity for Halloween and could be hung on a front porch for swinging bats.This craft involves some folding techniques for the wings and then decorating the body and face of the bat.The pieces can be precut to make the project easier for small children. This is an inexpensive craft and your child may want to make a few different bats. This craft was created by I Heart Crafty Things.
Owl Pine Cone Craft
These may be made with colorful feathers and google eyes and are so cute and funny. Again utilize those pine cones your family gathered on their hike through the woods. I found the other items at the dollar store to decorate the pine cones. My children also named their owl creations and put on a show. Using your imagination as you create the owls is a key element.
Halloween Foot and Hand Art
This project is great to use on canvas bags to make homemade trick or treat bags. Glow in the dark paint might be a good idea so your child is easy to see on that fun night. This craft provides many designs made with the use of your childs’ hand or foot. Allow them to come up with their own designs. This craft was created by Millions ideas Club.