As a parent, I love how doing arts and crafts projects with my kids can bring us together as a family, but as a school psychologist, I also know how educational creating crafts can be! As stated in our article Kids and Art: What Does Art Teach Our Children?, art is an amazing brain boosting activity for kids. It helps enhance fine motor skills, boost creativity, increase spatial awareness and build confidence. If it does all these things, why not get your hands dirty and start creating right on your kitchen table (or home art center)?
The past few fall seasons, I went a little Pinterest crazy and had my kids create some exciting and fun fall crafts that I proudly displayed around my house! I wanted to share these crafts with you. They are all EASY to make and VERY affordable!
10 Fun Fall Crafts for Kids
All you need to make this awesome craft is a paper plate, some leaves and glue! Cut the center of the plate out and glue the leaves to the plate. It’s that easy! Want to be more creative? Paint the plate first and add a bow at the bottom!
What is more fall than painting pumpkins? This may seem like an obvious craft but some parents shy away from pumpkin painting because it can be messy. I suggest painting outside but if that is not possible, then cover the table (and floor) with newspapers, put the kids in old t-shirts and paint away!
Nature Walk Tree
After taking my son on a nature walk last fall and collecting leaves, sticks and acorns, I decided to turn our collection into a craft. All you need is construction paper and glue along with what you collected on your walk. Glue the sticks, leaves and acorns to the paper in whatever creative way your child chooses! Now that’s easy!
Paper Plate Apple
All you need for this craft is a paper plate, red (or green) and brown construction paper and glue. Have your child cut the red or green paper into small squares and cut one rectangle out of the brown paper. Next, have them glue on the rectangle as the stem then all the red squares to color in the apple. Want to be even more crafty? Use tissue paper instead of construction paper.
Paper Plate Jack-o-Lantern
Paper plate crafts are so easy so I thought I would give you one more! This one can be done in a variety of ways, but whichever way you choose, it’s easy and fun! All you need is a paper plate, green and black construction paper, scissors, paint and glue. First, have your child paint the paper plate with any colors they choose. While drying trace their hand onto green paper. Cut out the hand, and when the plate is dry, glue it to the top to make the stem. Lastly, cut out black triangles to make eyes, a nose and scary mouth!
Toilet Paper Roll Bat
I absolutely LOVE using toilet paper rolls to make crafts. I save everyone as there are endless possibilities. I also love Halloween crafts so here is another one! Grab a toilet paper roll, black paint, black and green construction paper, scissors and glue. First, paint the roll black. Second, trace your child’s hands onto black paper and cut them out. Once dry, glue the handprints to the roll. Lastly, cut out green eyes and fangs and glue them on too!
Hand and Foot Print Turkey
Nothing symbolizes fall quite like a turkey! Not only is this craft adorable, it is a great way to make a keepsake using your kids hand and foot print. All you need for this craft is glue, paper, paint and scissors. First, trace your child’s foot and hand onto a piece of paper. Second, cut the foot out and have them paint it brown. Third, cut out 4 or 5 handprints and have them paint them as well. Lastly, glue all the pieces onto a piece of construction paper to resemble a turkey!
Toilet Paper Roll Turkey
This adorable turkey is one of my favorite crafts! All you need is a toilet paper roll, multi-colored paper, glue and paint. First, have your child paint the roll brown. While it is drying, trace your child’s hand and cut out 5-6 different colored handprints. Once the roll is dry, glue on the handprints. Lastly, make a beak out of an orange triangle and eyes out of the paper (any color you choose). Easy right?
There are two versions of this craft, one for toddlers and one for preschoolers. To make this craft, you will need, brown and white paper, glue, scissors, paint and leaves. For both, trace your child’s forearm and hand onto brown paper. Cut out the arm and glue it onto a piece of white paper. For the toddler, have them finger paint colorful leaves onto the handprint tree (see picture below). For the preschooler, have them glue on real leaves they collected from outside.
Buy too many apples at the orchard? Here is a great craft for those left-over or bruised apples. All you need is an apple, paint and paper. Cut the apple in half, dip it in paint and stamp away. It is that easy! This craft is great for kids of all ages!