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Easy Fall Crafts for Kids
Fall is in the air! Have your leaves started turning golden yet? This week I’ve rounded up some easy fall crafts for kids to make, some by themselves and some with a little help from you. We can’t wait to make a leaf owl and the cotton wool painted tree looks like great fun!
And as usual I’ve thrown in some links to fine and gross motor skills, leaf themed printables, books and yummy snacks so you have everything you need for a fall themed Tot School for your toddler or preschooler!
Don’t forget to scroll all the way to the end so you don’t miss any of the fabulous ideas, and be sure to pin your favourites as you go so you can find them again later!
Sunflower Handprint Art
I love handprint crafts because every time you do one you capture a milestone and over time you can see how much your little ones have grown. Ciara shared this wonderful handprint sunflower craft and I think it would be incredibly cute to make the stalk out of longer sections of paper so that the sunflower could be the same height as your child! (via Our Little House in the Country)
Scrunched Tissue Paper Autumn Leaf – Fall Craft
Anna’s boys have been making scrunched tissue paper autumn leaves. This activity looks great for little ones to get involved with as scrunching paper is pretty simple, but good for fine motor development. I love how Anna has added a little bit of string to the leaf so it can be hung in a window or on the mantle. (via In the Playroom)
Cotton Wool Autumn Trees – Fall Art Activities for Kids
Ciara’s kids are really getting into the Autumn spirit this week because they’ve been making cotton wool autumn trees too! I love how they used glitter to decorate the cotton wool leaves. (via Our Little House in the Country)
Crafting with Kids: Create a Whimsical Owl with Elements from Nature
I couldn’t resist sharing this whimsical leaf owl, he has acorns for eyes and would look wonderful in any window of the house. (via HGTV)
Amazing Fall Art with Melted Crayon Shavings
The Happy Hooligans kids have been creating some wonderful tree pictures using the shavings from old crayons. You’ll have to make good friends with a cheese grater to set up this craft activity but it will be totally worth it! (via Happy Hooligans)
Fall Art for Kids Using Colorful Pumpkin Seeds
I love the colours on these trees, and I think they would make beautiful gifts for friends and family if you popped them in a shadow frame. (via Fun a Day)
You can never have too many sun catchers, and this is a super simple craft project that your toddler can do but your older kids will also enjoy. (via What Can We Do With Paper and Glue)
Marble Painting Pumpkins
We have never tried painting with marbles before but after seeing what Ellen’s kids did with this pumpkin painting I can’t wait to set it up for the kids! (via What Can We Do with Paper and Glue)
Fall Tree Math Craft
I’m always a fan of ways to learn math that don’t involve a worksheet, so this triangle tree fits the bill perfectly! (via Coffee Cups and Crayons)
Fall Leaves Candle Jar
And finally if you want an Autumn craft idea that would make an amazing gift for grandma check out this fall leaves candle jar that would be the perfect centrepiece on the dinner table. (via Kids Activities Blog)
Fall themed books for toddlers and preschoolers
Since we’re Raising Readers we’re going to need some books for our Fall themed Tot School:
- Apples, Apples, Apples is about a family of bunnies who go to the local apple Orchard where Farmer Miller teaches them all about apples. The illustrations are cutout paper and the book includes a song, instructions for an apple craft and a recipe for applesauce.
- I know it’s Autumn is a book that you can enjoy with your child year after year. The illustrations are wonderful and the rhyming text is creative and catchy, you know what I mean, the kind that sticks in your head and you find yourself reciting when you’re out and about.
- Fans of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt will love We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt which follows three friends as they hike over a mountain and through a forest collecting leaves of all shapes and colours.
- Mouse’s First Fall is beautifully illustrated and perfect for younger readers as it encourages them to think about the shapes and colours of the leaves, and the sounds they make when you walk on them.
- The Apple Pie Tree follows two sisters as they grow the ‘best part of an apple pie’ in their garden. There’s even a recipe for an apple pie that you can bake together.
Fall field trips
If there’s no rain in the forecast why not grab a jacket and some wellington boots and go on a Fall field trip. Here are some ideas of places you could go:
- An apple orchard – your little one might even be able to pick some apples from the trees
- A pumpkin patch – because you’re going to need a pumpkin or two to carve in time for Halloween
- A local farm – especially one that has crops to harvest
- A nature walk – take a walk to your local park or through a woodland trail if there’s one nearby. Talk about the trees and the birds that you see and collect some leaves for crafting with back home.
Fall gross motor activities
Here are some wonderful Fall gross motor activities to help your toddler’s development, and to tire them out in time for naps!
- Practice raking up leaves in the garden with a child sized rake, and if you don’t have any leaves outside check out these artificial ones that your kiddos can play with indoors.
- When you’ve made a big pile of leaves practice jumping in the leaves, and throwing them up in the air!
- Or use the leaves you’ve collected to make a leaf maze which is also perfect for the development of problem solving skills and critical thinking.
- Kristina has a great Fall leaf alphabet movement activity which is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.
- And I love this other Fall movement game game from Kristina, where the leaves really do fall and your little one has to catch and match them.
- Or try one of these Autumn gross motor jump activities, which are also good for language skills development. I’m definitely going to give that masking tape spider web activity a try!
Fall fine motor activities
And now for some wonderful Fall themed fine motor activities:
Play Dough Apple Orchard
Jen set up this wonderful play dough apple orchard invitation to play for her son. Alongside the suitably coloured play dough you’ll need some red beads or counters to represent the apples. (via Plain Vanilla Mom)
Pumpkin Patch Small World Sensory Play
“On a dry day take the fine motor play out into the garden and follow Chelsey’s lead by turning your water table into a sensory play pumpkin patch!
” (via Buggy and Buddy)
Apple Picking No Sew Quiet Book Page
If you’re feeling crafty and you have some felt, velcro and hot glue you can make this wonderful apple picking quiet book page which is a great way to practice fine motor skills while waiting for dinner or at the doctor’s office. (via Powerful Mothering)
Felt Leaf Letter Match – Alphabet Activity
Allison found some felt leaves at the Dollar Store and created this fall themed alphabet matching activity which is great for little ones who are just starting to learn their letters. (via No Time for Flash Cards)
Fall learning packs and printables
If your tot likes to sit and do ‘table time’ or Tot Trays then you won’t want to miss these wonderful printable packs, and they’re all free.
- Cassie has designed a wonderful Fall pack for use with children aged two through eight. It includes there part cards, clip and count cards, word searches, shadow matching, sorting and much more!
- Carisa created an adorable scarecrow pack at her daughter’s request, which includes colour matching, a word search and cutting practice.
- Madonna has a leaves unit with a special book for younger tots.
- Jolanthe has shared a beautiful Fall fun printables pack which includes two part cards and cutting and writing practice.
- Pam and Lisa have shared their Autumn fairy and Autumn gnome packs which are packed full of activities and cute graphics.
Fall themed snacks
And because all this learning is enough to make anyone hungry why not make some Fall themed snacks to munch on:
- This applesauce cake with cinnamon chips and cinnamon cream cheese frosting is the perfect snack for apple season!
- Your kids can help you make these apple pie bites which will make them taste all the yummier.
- Cassie shows you how to turn donut holes into sweet acorns.
- And Shaunna’s kids made a tree snack from grapes and pretzels.
- And for a perfect breakfast treat why not cook up some Fall leaf pancakes
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