Fall is here, which means leaves are slowly beginning to change from vibrant green to golden yellow. With all of the leaves falling from the trees, it’s the perfect season for DIY crafts. So get the kids together, go outside, and gather a few leaves for these festive crafts. From leaf-shaped crayons to fall leaf finger puppets, everyone can participate. These DIY projects are great for future scientists, engineers, and innovators!
Your toddler will have lots of fun making this fun fall-inspired craft. This activity works with fine motor skills as your child works on grasping the objects and pushing them through a small space. It also serves as an introduction to science, watching whether the object will sink or float. All the while, it is something that is pretty to look at, too!
Did you know the art of skeletonizing leaves was practiced by the Chinese during the Ming Dynasty? As a nature lover, I decided to challenge myself with this ancient practice right in my kitchen! Skeletonizing leaves took a bit of patience and time, but watching the leaves transform was worth the effort! I created fall-inspired cards with my project. What will you do with yours?
I love creating anything involving preserving my little ones’ handprints or fingerprints. There is a great quote by an anonymous writer that says, “This is to remind you when I have grown so tall, that once I was quite little and my hands were very small.” This wonderful craft is fun, with very little ingredients involved, to preserve those little memories.
We love making new crayons out of old broken pieces. We made heart-shaped crayons last Valentine’s Day and got so many compliments. So this fall we decided to buy some fall baking molds and make these leaf- and pumpkin-shaped crayons.
This fun activity features a technique using shaving cream and food coloring to create a marbled effect on some pretty paper leaves for fall. It also leaves the paper smelling nice, too!
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. My kids are always pointing out all the pretty leaves around them. We decided to make a little wreath to showcase all the beautiful things they find on our nature walks!
When you have a child coming to you at least once a day asking, “Mom, can I have a small handful of those chocolate chips?” — and you don’t have enough chips left to make cookies — making chocolate leaves is a fun project for kids and grownups alike!
I’m not certain what it is about Autumn that enchants us so… I think it has something to do with its essence of simplicity–going for slow walks at leisure, the thrill of finding wooly-bear caterpillars and picking acorns…. and certainly the fun of collecting a beautiful assortment of richly hued leaves. Here’s an easy way to preserve your leaves for a long, long time.
When fall arrives, get the kids together and head outside to collect some of those colorful falling leaves to make these finger fun puppets!
I always find these lanterns the children make especially charming in the fall, though I’m not sure why. It probably has something to do with cozy indoor craft projects and that soft golden candlelight!