With cool, crisp weather on the horizon (believe it or not, it will get here), you might be looking for some fall fun. We think crafts are the way to go. Doing crafts teaches artistic, motor and other skills, and it’s a great way to get creative! Here are a few options that you and your munchkins are sure to enjoy.
- Handprint fall trees – Use finger paints and bright, autumn colors like red, orange and yellow to make handprint leaves. Help your child paint a brown trunk under the leaves. You can go for a nature walk to see real leaves for inspiration, or look up pictures of fall leaves online and use this as an opportunity to talk about seasons changing and why leaves change color.
- Leaf painting – Pick up some fall leaves outside and arrange them on a sheet of paper. Let your child paint around the edges of the leaves (without moving the leaves while the paint is wet). Once the paint is dry, remove the leaves and see the lovely designs left behind by your leaves.
- 3-D Apple Tree – Start with construction paper as your background (blue if you have it). Cut a toilet paper roll in half and glue it down (this is your tree trunk). Wad up small pieces of tissue paper and glue them down as the leaves. Add little red craft puffballs as the apples (or smaller balled-up red tissue paper).
- Leaf rubbing – Gather some fall leaves. Place a sheet of drawing paper on top of the leaves and rub with crayons to see the shape of the leaves. You can also fill in the rest of the space with watercolor when you’re finished rubbing the shape of the leaves. The wax in the crayons resists the watercolor, so you won’t cover up your leaves.
- “Thumbkin” patch – Use orange finger paints and have your children make a lot of thumbprints on their papers. Once the paint has dried, use green markers to draw squiggles for the stems and vines in the “thumbkin” patch.
- Masking tape mummies – Cut out people silhouettes from construction paper. Give your child pieces of masking tape to use as the mummy’s wrapping. When your mummy is all wrapped up, glue on two googly eyes.
- Apple stamp jack-o-lanterns – Cut an apple in half. Cover a palette or paper plate with washable orange paint. Place the cut side of the apple down into the paint (stick a fork in the back of the apple to help you hold it). Use the apple as a stamp to make your pumpkin shapes on paper. Allow the paint to dry. Use black marker to draw silly jack-o-lantern faces on your pumpkins.
- Cupcake wrapper ghosts – Fold cupcake papers into cone shapes. Poke a hole and run a piece of yarn or thread through the top of the cone. Use black markers to draw spooky ghost faces on each wrapper.
- Handprint turkeys – Use finger paints and help your children paint each one of their fingers a different autumn color. Paint the palm of their hands and the thumb brown. Stamp your children’s hands on paper. Once the paint has dried draw on the turkey face with markers.
- Bubble wrap printed corn – Cut out ears of corn from construction paper. Use gold or light brown paint and lightly paint bubble wrap. Press the bubble wrap down on the paper to leave the pattern on the corn. Cut out and add husks or stalks to the corn if you like.
- Native American-inspired headbands – Cut strips of construction paper a little larger than your child’s head. Have your child decorate with crayons by making shape patterns (circle, square, circle, square, for instance). Use a piece of scotch tape to attach the headbands when you’re done decorating.
You might see your child coming home from Sparkles! with projects like these. Ask your child how she made that headband or how he created a turkey. And if you do any crafts at home, let your child bring them to Sparkles! for show and tell. We’d love to see what kind of artistic adventures you and your child have been having at home!