Fall is here! The leaves are turning, the days are shorter and the weather is cooler, but don’t let that slow you down. Aside from soccer games and football practice, there’s plenty to keep you and your kids busy (and even warm and cozy inside) this fall.
Heat up some cider, bake some cookies and break out the scissors and glue—it’s time to craft!
Whether you decide to start outdoors gathering sticks, pinecones and leaves or need to make a quick run to the store for some googly eyes, your kids’ fall crafting is sure to get a kickstart with one of these seven ideas. Nothing brings warmth to a home more than a handmade craft. Not to mention that these require hours of creative play and fun as a family!
Let your kids get their hands dirty with this fingerpainting craft by Messy Little Monster! Your kids will love exploring how to mix colors, learning different types of leaf shapes and textures and the googly-eyed final leaf monster products.
Break out the aprons and smocks and get started leaf hunting, painting and googly-eye gluing your monsters with your kids today. We loved this craft so much that we added into the mix a few sticks and string to make a whole leaf monster mobile!
Popsicle Stick Scarecrow
All cuteness and no real scare, these popsicle stick scarecrows are sure to attract everyone to your fall gatherings—rather than scare them away! All you’ll need (along with some popsicle sticks) are scissors, a bit of paint and a fair amount of glue. You’ll need to help your littlest ones with many of the steps along the way, but it’s a great activity for the whole family to enjoy together. Each little scarecrow will have its own personality, and you can even add a magnet to the back to decorate the fridge.
Are your kids collecting pinecones in your neighborhood these days? Use them when crafting! Pinecones can become many different things, but these hedgehogs are simple and adorable.
With hot glue, felt and googly eyes, these pinecone hedgehogs come together quickly. Their irresistible cuteness will have your kids excited to play with them afterward, and when they’re done, they are perfect for the mantle.
Cupcake Liner Owl
Who knew little cupcake cups could become such cute feathered friends? These cupcake liner owls come together easily with basic art supplies you likely already have around your home. Don’t forget to break out the paints to add a little color to the piece—this little project will be frame-worthy for sure.
Toilet Paper Roll Scarecrow
There are always a few toilet paper rolls lying around the house, so why not use them for a creative afternoon that’s fun for the whole family? These toilet paper roll scarecrows will appear right before your eyes with little more than paper, paint and construction paper.
Kids can put them together on their own with very little help, adding to their pride in the finished product and giving them a fun opportunity to get hands on and hone those fine motor skills.
We’ve seen handprint turkeys, but you have to try these handprint owls (especially with little hands)! Get the whole family involved to make owls of various sizes. You’ll just need a bit of construction paper, newspaper and brown paint to pull this project together. Oh, and don’t forget feathers for the final touch!
Fall Nature Suncatchers
These fall nature suncatchers are a must-have to catch and color the sun’s rays in your windows this season. A little nature walk to gather petals and leaves is an interactive way to spend time in the brisk outdoors and observe the color changes of fall with your kids.
When you get home, grab a some contact paper to arrange your “treasures” in a neat display in the center cutout of a paper plate. After securing the center, your kids will enjoy adding some of their own creative colors and patterns to the edge of the plate for a little extra pizzaz. Add yarn to hang, and enjoy it all season long!
READ THIS NEXT: Even More Fall Crafts for Kids of All Ages