Fall is here and while the kids are back in school, we love to craft on the weekends. Here are 11 fall-themed projects you and your family can make to enjoy this beautiful season!
1. Make a shape scarecrow: This is a really simple craft that involves cutting out shapes and having your kids piece them together to make a scarecrow. If your kids are older, they can do the cutting themselves.
2. Make a fall leaves bird: You could make anything from leaves. Go outside with your kids and collect dry leaves with your kids. Look for a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Once you’re back inside, draw the outline of a bird, a scarecrow, a person, a village of pilgrims, whatever. Have your kids glue fall leaves into the shapes instead of coloring.
3. Make masks for your pumpkins: Making masks for your pumpkins will make them last a lot longer (compared to cutting them right away). After you get tired of the masks, paint the pumpkins. When you’re tired of the painted pumpkins, carve them. It’s a whole season of fun!
4. Make coffee filter spiderwebs: This just looks like fun to me, though I’ve never tried it. If you start with coffee filters, the spiderwebs will all be round.
5. Make a fall leaves crown Can you tell that we do a lot of crafts with leaves? Make a crown from construction paper and then glue or staple dry leaves to it.
6. Make a fall tree: This neat little craft uses an old puzzle (do you have one with missing pieces? if not, pick one up at the dollar store) and brown craft paper or a paper bag crumpled up.
8. Explore pumpkin guts together: Have your kids ever looked inside a pumpkin? This is a great idea, just to cut one open and explore it. You can tie in math (counting the seeds), feel the goo inside, roast the seeds, and even roast and use the pumpkin flesh.
9. Make apple crisp together: Apple crisp is essentially just cut apples topped with a crumb topping. It’s so easy that even a 2-year-old can help prepare it, especially if you have one of those apple peeler/corer/slicer tools. If not, peel and cut the apples into slices and let your kids help mix the topping and assemble the crisp. This is my favorite apple crisp recipe.
10. Make a wormy apple snack: I saw this in a magazine years ago, and it’s so easy to make! You cut the apple, take out the core, and glue the whole thing back together with peanut butter.
11. Read a fall-themed book like the Pumpkin One, Pumpkin Two: A Counting Book. What better way to teach little ones to count than by celebrating the fall tradition of pumpkin picking? The sweet rhyming text and bright autumn scenes of Pumpkin One, Pumpkin Two will remind little ones about all they have to be grateful for this season, including pumpkin patches, hayrides, and sweet friends! Celebrate the season with your little one, as your family cultivates a heart of gratitude.