Fall brings pumpkins, colorful leaves, candy corn, and tons of Halloween activities from trick-or-treating to fall festivals. As the weather cools down, chances are your kids are spending more time inside. Easy fall crafts for kids are the perfect solution to boredom and rainy days during the season.
Get the kids in the fall mood with beautiful fall crafts that will not only help you deck out your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving, but will give the entire family a lifetime of memories.
Here are easy fall crafts for kids to make at preschool or at home
Glitter Fall Leaves
A favorite is glittered fall leaves. Display them on your fall dinner table or hang them from a small branch in a vase. They are so beautiful!
Recipe for White Clay Dough:
This white clay dough is easy to make. It takes only two ingredients: baking soda and cornstarch. It dries snow-white, making it perfect for these simple tree ornaments.
- 1 cup baking soda (bicarbonate Soda)
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 3/4 cup of warm water
- Mix dry ingredients in a pot and add the water. Stir over medium heat while the mixture bubbles and thickens. Continue stirring as mixture pulls away from the sides of the pot and becomes similar in consistency to thick cake frosting.
- Remove the pot from the heat and allow the dough to cool until it’s comfortable to handle.
- Turn your dough out onto the counter or a cutting mat and knead it into a smooth, supple ball of dough.
Ways to display your glittered leaf ornaments:
- from a large branch displayed as a centerpiece on your Thanksgiving table
- from a smaller bunch of branches displayed in a vase
- strung into a garland
- string and add name tags to use as place markers at your Thanksgiving table
What you’ll need:
- one batch of 2-ingredient clay dough
- leaf shaped cookie cutter (affiliate link)
- drinking straw
- white glue
- paint brush
How to Make Your Clay Leaves:
- Used maple leaf cookie cutter to cut as many leaves as you can out of the dough. Once cut out, make a hole in the top of each leaf with a drinking straw.
- Place the leaves on a cookie rack to dry overnight. Depending on the temperature and humidity levels in your home, drying time may vary.
- When the leaves were dry, brush glue all over the front of each leaf, and then sprinkle the leaves with a generous helping of fine glitter.
- Just glue, glitter and tap off the excess.
Fall Leaf Sun Catcher
This easy fall leaf sun catcher craft is a beautiful craft for kids of all ages. Super-fun, super-easy, and everyone will love the vibrant results!
What is needed:
- opaque plastic container
- Sharpie markers
- hole punch
- small branch
- black acrylic paint
- fine paint brush (one regular brush and one liner brush)
Making your sun catcher:
- Begin by drawing a couple of leaves on a piece of paper to use as a template to trace onto the vinegar jug.
- If you cannot draw-free hand, there are lots of sites with leaf printables.
- Cut out paper leaves and trace them onto the front, back and sides of the jug.
- With a sharp pair of scissors, cut out the leaves. While you are cutting, have the child paint the stick with black acrylic paint.
- Then, have the child color the leaves with Sharpie in autumn colors: red, orange, purple, brown and yellow.
- Next, to make our leaves really “pop”, outline them with black acrylic craft paint.
Lining your leaves:
Protect your work surface. Load up your liner brush with black paint, and paint around the edges of your leaves. Just follow the edge of your leaf with about half of your brush, allowing the rest of your brush to glide along the paper underneath. When you lift your leaf up, it will look amazing!
To finish the fall leaf sun catcher:
- Punch a hole in the top of each leaf with a single-hole punch.
- Cut a length of yarn, thread it through the hole, and knot it.
- Tie the other end of the yarn to the stick.
Finish by tying a long length of yarn from one end of the stick to the other. This will be the piece that you hang it from.
Hang your sun catcher in the kitchen window where everyone can appreciate the warm burst of color during the cold and dreary season ahead.
Toilet Roll Owls
Buttons and gems and fabric scraps were used to make these adorable toilet roll owls.
Toddlers and preschoolers can make these toilet roll owls with some help and they will enjoy exploring the textures and patterns of the fabric scraps that you use.
School-aged kids will love making these owls too because of the creative steps involved. They can paint their owls in whatever colors they choose and select coordinating fabric and jewels.
To make our toilet roll owl craft, you’ll need:
- toilet rolls
- fabric scraps
- googly eyes
- orange felt or construction paper (beaks)
Making your owls:
Start by squeezing the end of a toilet paper tube to form the ears of the owl. You can tape it in place, or use a glue-gun.
Then have your hooligans paint the tubes. We use acrylic craft paints for most of our projects here in my daycare. I love how vibrant they are, and the huge range of colors they come in. I get ours at the dollar store. Feel free to use tempera paint or whatever washable paint your kids usually use for crafting.
Painting Golf Balls
Here’s an enjoyable fall art activity for toddlers that will get them moving and shaking while they explore the colors of Fall. Golf balls, paint and a cardboard box are all that is needed for this easy preschool activity.
What is needed:
- Cardboard box
- white paper or card stock
- golf balls
Painting with golf balls:
- Put a piece of white cardboard (you can use any kind of paper, or card-stock) into the bottom of a cardboard box. Dribble Tempra Paint onto the white cardboard (this was the only part of the activity that an adult should participate to control the amount of paint that went into the box – not much paint is needed.
- Have the kids toss the golf balls in, and then tip, tilt, jiggle and shake the box lettings the golf balls do their thing.
It is fun to watch the kids as they jumped and bounced and danced around, shaking the box back and forth and up and down, watching the golf balls make tracks through the paint.
What is neat is that because the center of the golf ball is making the tracks, each painting naturally has an unpainted white border all around the edges.
Make apple prints with apples and real leaves from the garden.
Apple stamping is always a favorite. Try stamping the good-old fashioned way with red paint.
For this apple stamping activity, here is what is needed:
- apples, cut in half
- red paint
- leaves from the garden
- tray or plate to hold your paint
- white paper or cardboard
Pour a puddle of red paint into a styrofoam produce tray and give each child a long, narrow piece of white cardboard. The children dip their cut apples in the paint and then stamp them along their cardboard strips. As they make their prints they can learn that they could make a darker print if they loaded lots of paint on to the apple and used a lot of pressure when stamping. To add interest to our apples, add real leaves from the garden, and the children can glue those to the tops of the apples.
With various child daycare centers in Jacksonville and St. Augustine to choose from, T’s Learning Centers delivers our very best to your children and we love to share fun ideas! We know we have the craftiest children and the best teacher crafters! We’d love for you to hear about your autumn craft ideas and pictures with us!