exciting DIY ideas for the little ones!

As the temperatures drop and the leaves on the trees begin to change color, it’s time to introduce some fall crafts to kids! We already have a wide variety of craft ideas for all ages, so we’re sure you’ll find just the right fall activity to do with your kids at home, at daycare, or in the classroom.

Autumn leaf hedgehog craft with children

Autumn Leaf Hedgehog Craft Materials:

Autumn leaf hedgehog print template below
White photo cardboard
Colored photo cardboard
colored pencils
Leaves (cut stems)
glue stick
White glue or craft glue
scissors
goggle eye
Small pompom

Download the Fall Leaf Hedgehog template and print it out on white cardstock

Instructions:

  • Download the Fall Leaf Hedgehog template above and print on white card stock.
  • Color the hedgehog brown (or whatever color your child chooses). Then cut it out and use a glue stick to stick the template onto a piece of colored cardboard.
  • Apply white glue to the entire hedgehog template except for the face.
  • Place the sheets on top of the glue until all the glue is covered. You may need to apply a little more glue to hold the leaves in place.
  • Glue on the goggle eye and the pompom for a nose.
  • Let it dry and set it up! For more fall crafts, please read on!

A glue project for daycare children and first graders

Now is a good time to practice gluing together with our children

Materials needed:

white paper
felt pens
a handful of leaves from outside
Glue

Instructions:

  • Glue the white paper to your table top. You can also use kraft paper or the back of a paper bag.
  • Draw a simple tree.
  • Now is a good time to practice gluing with our children. Gluing is a fine motor activity that improves hand strength. We will spend a lot of time strengthening hands so that the children can shape letters, tie shoes and button clothes. Let’s glue the autumn leaves!
  • After the kids have glued on their fall leaves, let the leaf craft dry and then hang them up!

Autumn Paper Crafts: Paper Plate Apple

Autumn paper craft - Paper plate apple craft with children


Accessories:

Paper plate
Color (in red or green)
Brush
Colored cardboard or construction paper (in green and brown)
scissors
pencil
glue stick
Black marker (optional)
Apple template below

Download the apple template, print it out and cut out the pieces

Place the apple template on the dry paper plate, trace it


Instructions:

  • Download the apple template, print it out and cut out the pieces.
  • Paint the paper plate with a thin layer of red or green paint. Allow the paint to dry completely before continuing.
  • Place the apple template on the dry paper plate, trace and cut out the apple shape.
  • Place the apple stem on top of the paper plate and glue it in place. Glue the leaf right next to the stem. Use a black marker to draw a curved line to represent the indentation in the center of the apple.

Paint the paper plate with a thin layer of red or green paint

  • Glue the eyes just below the leaf in the center of the plate.
  • Place the tongue in the center of the mouth and tape it in place. Cut off the excess paper with scissors.
  • Glue the finished mouth under the eyes.

Make pumpkin stamps from apple

Using the inside of the apple as a stamp, dip the inside in orange paint

Materials needed:

apples
Orange craft paint
Green craft paint
Brush
chopping board
knife
white paper

Instructions:

  • First cut the apples in half and dry them inside and out with kitchen paper.
  • Using the inside of the apple as a stamp, dip the inside of the apple in orange paint, making sure it is completely covered in paint. Then stamp on the white paper.
  • Use a brush to paint a leaf and stem on top of the pumpkins.
  • Let your beautiful pumpkins dry and display them proudly.
  • Alternatively, after the pumpkins dry, you can use black markers or colored pencils to draw Jack-o-Lanterns for Halloween!

Make cute paper pumpkins for fall

Autumn crafts - You can make cute paper pumpkins for autumn with your children

Materials needed:

Your choice of colored or patterned paper
paper cutter
Double sided tape
hot glue and glue gun
rod
twine
scissors

Start with the 18 cm locket on top, then the 23 cm locket, then the 28 cm locket

Instructions:

  • Cut each piece of paper vertically into five 4 cm wide strips.
  • Then cut each strip into one 18cm, two 23cm and the remaining two into 28cm. Important! Remember that you need two sets for one pumpkin. Each pumpkin consists of two 18 cm, four 23 cm and four 28 cm strips.
  • Fold each piece into accordion strips.
  • Now stick the TWO SETS of the same length together with double-sided tape and form a circle.
  • You will end up with one circle from the 18cm strips, two circles from the 23cm strips and two circles from the 28cm strips.
  • The 18 cm medallion is glued on with a hot glue gun. Just place a small dab in the center and hold for a few seconds until dry.
  • Then glue each medallion together, starting with the 18cm medallion at the top, then the 23cm medallion, then the 28cm medallion, then the 23cm medallion, then the 18cm medallion at the bottom.
  • Glue a stick, sheet of paper and twine to the top of the pumpkin.

Find more autumn crafts here!

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