To go along with my lazy activities I wrote about I think it’s good to add some lazy crafts. My kids love doing crafts. (read: love making a mess) But sometimes we don’t have the space, time, or resources for the cool Pinterest crafts that I see all over the internet. I also, do not think my kids personally have the patience to make an entire paper mache jack-o-lantern, but if yours do, cool for you. So, in this post I’ll be talking about a couple of our favorite fall crafts to do with young-ish kids.
I talked about this a little in my last post for activities, but I think it bears repeating. This is such an easy craft, and a wide age group can enjoy it. First, you go outside and find a good amount of different colored leaves, then come inside and glue them to a piece of paper. My oldest now likes to try to make leaf people and different shapes with the leaves, but my youngest still blindly glues things to his construction paper. Both are good easy ways to keep them busy and feel like you’re being crafty.
-Leaves (bigger work better)
-Q-tips or paint brushes
Paint is a love hate relationship in our house. I love letting my kids paint and I also like painting, but it only goes well for about 20 minutes before someone is covered in paint, or painting something they’re not supposed to. Leaf painting is a nice fast painting project, mostly for a little older kids, but if your younger kids are good with paint, I say go for it. After we finish painting about 10 leaves and let them dry we even taped them to a string and made a garland to hang up, it broke with in a couple days, but it was fun while it lasted.
Construction paper Pumpkin:
-A Paper Plate
-Orange and green construction paper or tissue paper cut into small squares
This is another easy gluing project and works out great if you don’t want leaves all over your house. Again, it seems to work well for my six-year-old and three-year-old. Each one gets to decorate their pumpkin with paper however they please and if they want, they to draw a face on after they’ve finished gluing paper they can. This craft can also be substituted for an apple instead of a pumpkin with red paper, so it’s awesomely versatile.
Apple tree Hand craft:
Okay, so this one is a bit messier, and you might not want to attempt it if your kids are bouncing off the walls at the moment or like to mix every color of paint together because they want to make a “rainbow”. I have learned that with my kids and paint I really have to have the timing right. So, make sure you cover whatever surface you’re using with a tablecloth or paper bags and wait for that golden hour when your kids can actually be trusted to make a hand print with paint. The little Apple hand print trees can turn out very cute and my kids love any chance they get to use their fingers to paint so this is a great, slightly messy, but still easy project.
Fall scented Playdoh
-2 cups flour
-1 cup salt (optional, but dough will keep longer)
-1 tbsp vegetable oil
-1 ½ cup of cold water
-Food coloring (optional)
-Spice of your choosing (cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice)
This is also a kind of messy craft, but it keeps at my house for a lot longer then regular playdoh and it makes a lot, so it’s great for sharing. Our children’s museum made this for fall in 2015 and I snapped a picture of the ingredients that the art room worker gave me and it has been on my favorites in my phone ever since. This recipe is fool-proof and easy and we love it.
Classic Turkey Hand
Seriously guys, I think we all have done this at least a hundred times in our life. And yes you can make it super fancy and add real feathers, or glitter, or sequins. But at it’s core, crayons are all you need. It’s such a solid easy thing to do with kids, and it never grows old. I think we all know I’m tracing my hand after I help trace theirs and I’m coloring my own turkey hand. I don’t display mine anymore, because I’m a grown-up and apparently the art wall is “kids only” according to my daughter. But it’s still fun and super easy to clean up.
Let me know if you have any other super easy go to Autumn crafts you do every year. Or if you have some favorite super fancy ones that I’ll never do. I like to look at them and think about how messy my house would be if I attempted them.
Happy Fall Y’all!