7 Easy Fall Kids Crafts
Fall brings a lot of things – falling leaves, Halloween, and crafts! There are plenty of crafts you can do with your kids as autumn presses on. Here are 7 of the easiest options that will still yield you plenty of beautiful results.
Fall Leaf Craft
The first craft we are going to look at today is a fall leaf craft. In this craft, you can help your child make small, simple puppets out of leaves, popsicle sticks, and googly eyes.
The first thing that you are going to want to do is to go outside and find some of the perfect leaves for your craft. They can be any color or size but curled leaves or leaves that are particularly fragile or prone to crumbling because they might make this craft more difficult.
The next few steps are simple! Simply glue your leaf onto the popsicle stick and attach the googly eyes for a face. Now your kids have their very own leaf puppet.
Nothing says fall quite like a Thanksgiving turkey. The only other defining feature might be the colored leaves that litter the ground. So, why not combine the two and make your very own leaf turkeys?
The first thing you will want to do is to is cut out two circles out of brown construction paper. The larger one will be the body and the smaller one will be the head. You can create the face of the turkey either with more construction paper or with sections of leaves.
Finally, you will want to let your children gather some of the most colorful leaves that they can find. You will glue these onto the back of your turkey to make up the tail feathers.
Pinecone and Leaf Butterfly
This fall, you don’t even need traditional craft supplies to create the crafts you want. A great example of this is using some pinecones and leaves to create a butterfly. This is an interesting project for kids because it uses so many fall items from outside it can be made into a scavenger hunt.
You will need some leaves preferably some with rounded edges and some with pointed edges – oak leaves, for example. Then, you will also need a pinecone and a pair of acorn tops. Once you have these, you can arrange them so that the pinecone is the body, the leaves are the wings, and the acorns are the eyes.
A classic craft for the fall is to press leaves. This is a great way to preserve some leaves that your children find interesting. It takes a while to do this craft, though.
You will want to first want to place the leaves between sheets of newspaper with weight on top and leave them for a day. Then you will want to remove them and place them between two sheets of wax paper within a heavy book. If you are pressing multiple leaves, leave about 100 pages between each leaf. You will need to leave these in the book for at least a few days if not a week for them to be properly pressed.
Once they are pressed, they can be framed or glued to a piece of paper.
If you have any leftover pressed leaves from the previous craft or if you want to press some leaves for another craft, you can use those pressed leaves to create a lampshade. All you need to do is to glue them onto a sturdy paper that light can still be seen through. To make it extra special, you can paint letters on it or add a tag with the child’s name. Perfect craft for Halloween!
Wreaths are a pretty classic decoration as the weather gets colder. In the winter, for example, you often see wreaths of pine with decorations such as mistletoe.
You don’t have to wait until Christmastime to hang a wreath, though, and you also don’t need to make a purchase to have a wreath of your own. It can also be made into a fun craft for your children.
This can simply be done by first cutting a ring out of paper. Then, you can help your children decorate it with leaves they find in the yard.
A cute animal that doesn’t always get enough attention is a hedgehog. Luckily, you and your kids can create one of your own using leaves and some markers. For this one, you will want to collect brown leaves in particular if you want to match the natural color of the hedgehog.
Then, you will want to arrange your leaves in the shape of a hedgehog’s body on a piece of paper. Finally, you can use a brown marker to draw out the hedgehog’s head and face.
About the Author
Annabelle Carter Short is a freelance writer and a seamstress of more than 5 years. Annabelle is a mother and she loves making crafts with her two children, Leo (age 10) and Michelle (age 11). When not working, she’s spending time with her family or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits.