There are so many easy Fall crafts & activity ideas out there that compel us to put down our electronics & get those creative juices flowing!
Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons! The changing leaves show us that change is beautiful. The cooler temps are appreciated by many. Pumpkin spice makes its return which is a favorite for many.
Fall is also one of the most fun times to spend with our kids.
There are so many easy and amazing fall crafts and activities out there that compel us to put down our electronics and truly connect with our loved ones!
The best part is that your artwork can also make for an excellent Thanksgiving Decor! Check out these posts for more ideas, here and here.
The Ultimate Fall Activities List
Below I’ve put together a list of our favorite easy fall craft ideas to create with your little ones and enjoy the change of the season.
Fall Easy Craft Idea 1: Toilet Paper Roll Leaf Stamping
This is a really fun and simple craft that Crafty Mommy talks about in her blog. This one is great for kids of all ages PLUS you likely already have everything you need to be able to do this one anytime at home!
Here’s the breakdown of the materials needed:
- Toilet paper roll
- Printable tree (or if you’re artsy you could even draw one!)
Get started by cutting the toilet paper roll (you could probably even use a paper towel roll if that is more convenient) down the middle of the long edge. Then cut into smaller sections and shape it into a leaf shape. Secure with tape. Create 3 “stamps”-one for each fall color (red, orange, and yellow).
Next, print or draw out the tree shape. If drawing, this adds an extra layer of creativity for your kids so they can color it in-or even draw their own shape!
Put out the paint and let the kids stamp away on their tree shape. Once they are done stamping, bring out the paintbrushes and they can paint in the leaves.
Simple, fun, and a beautiful end result!
Fall Easy Craft Idea 2: Thanksgiving Turkey Cone Craft
Crafty Mommy has done it again with this one! This is an adorable craft that can double as decor for Thanksgiving in your home! This year, more than many years before, I’m finding that people are truly looking at their blessings. Funny-I guess some good things can come out of a pandemic!
For this one you’ll need:
- Red, white, orange, and brown construction paper
- A black marker
To get started, draw a half-circle on the brown construction paper and cut it out. Roll into a cone shape and secure with tape or glue.
Glue on the colorful tail feathers, and add a face using the other colors of construction paper.
This one is super straightforward but I love it because of the conversation we can have with our kiddos while doing it. It’s important to teach gratitude (link to gratitude blog) in our families and set a good example by practicing it. This is the perfect opportunity to talk to your kids about what and who they are thankful for in their lives.
Fall Easy Craft Idea 3: Pony Bead Pumpkins
Because of the small size of the beads in this one, it’s fantastic for older kids! While this one is better suited to Halloween, bookmark it for next year because your kids are going to love it! Credit to Cutesy Crafts for this fun idea!
Supplies Needed to make each individual pumpkin:
- 4 orange pipe cleaners
- 1 brown pipe cleaner
- 1 green pipe cleaner
- Orange pony beads
Now, here are the steps to take with this one:
- Take the first 2 orange pipe cleaners and make an “x”. Twist them around each other in the middle.
- ToNext, add the next two orange pipe cleaners in the same manner.
- String the pony beads onto each pipe cleaner leaving approximately 1” at the end.
- Bring the ends together and twist to form the pumpkin stem.
- Wrap the brown pipe cleaner around the stem and cut off the excess.
- Bend the pipe cleaners into a pumpkin shape.
- Wrap the green pipe cleaner around the stem to create vines. Curl the ends around a pen or pencil and remove any excess you deem necessary.
This one is super cute when completed, and it’s great for days when you don’t want to or have time to clean a massive mess!
Fall Easy Craft Idea 4: Fall Leaf Painting
Minne-Mama has done a great job at outlining this fun and simple craft. This one is great for all ages and provides a sensory experience for children of all ages. I love this one because of its simplicity but also because it gives you the perfect opportunity to get outside and explore to prepare.
What will you need?
Bundle your kids up and take a walk to look for leaves for this project. Look for different colors, shapes, and sizes to make this a learning experience for your littles.
When you get back home and are ready to jump into the craft here are all the steps you need to take:
- Put a loop of tape on the back of the leaves and have your child stick them to the paper in any manner they choose.
- Next, set up the paint for your child. Give them the freedom to mix paint as they desire or use solid colors too.
- Encourage your child to paint over the leaves to get the silhouette of the leaf.
- Once your child is done painting, remove the leaves from the paper gently and you’re left with a beautiful picture!
This craft is a great reminder that it doesn’t have to be fancy to be fun!
Fall Easy Craft Idea #5: Scarecrow Mason Jar
Last up on my list of favorite fall crafts to do with your kiddos are scarecrow mason jars. This craft is compliments of Easy Peasy and Fun.
These scarecrows are absolutely adorable and the perfect addition to your fall home decor. This one requires a few more supplies and a little more time but is perfect for a cool fall day.
- Mason jar
- Tan, cream, black and orange acrylic craft paint
- Faux hay
- Burlap ribbon
- Large googly eyes
- Fake sunflower
- Black permanent marker
- A hot glue gun
Before you get started, prepare your workspace. Layout a newspaper or garbage bag and ensure you and your kiddos are wearing craft-friendly clothing. The items used in this one are permanent and may be difficult or impossible to remove if spilled/smeared.
The step by step process:
- Paint your mason jar with the tan paint and let it stand to dry.
- Once the tan is dry, use a small tipped brush to paint an orange triangle nose in the center of your jar.
- Pick up your permanent marker and draw a wavy smile under the nose with vertical strokes through the smile.
- Outline the nose with the marker and add the same cross strokes to that line as the smile.
- Next up, paint two small cream colored circles for the cheeks on either side of the smile.
- Grab your hot glue gun and glue the googly eyes above the nose. Hold to secure until the glue hardens.
- Cut two sets of 10 strands of straw approximately 3-4” in length and tie them together using another piece of straw. This will make the hair for your scarecrow.
- Glue your bundles of hair to the top of the mason jar on each side vertically.
- Measure and cut your burlap ribbon to fit around the top of the jar. Secure with hot glue.
- Glue the sunflower to the top of the burlap ribbon to complete your project.
Once complete, your kids will be ecstatic to display their creation in your home or in their room!
PS: These make for great gifts too!
Crafting in any season can be a ton of fun with your kids. In a world driven by technology, it’s nice to find things you can do to connect with your kids and take a break from it all. I’d love to hear how your crafts turn out or if you have a favorite to share!
“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.”
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