Oct 182013
 

By Kim Robson:

Suddenly the weather is turning cooler. The days are getting shorter. Your kids might not be spending as much time outdoors. Luckily, there are great crafts to keep them busy inside for hours. And all without breaking out a single video game!

Have more apples than you know what to do with? Slice a few in half, and set out a few paper plates with different colors of paint. Kids can create original artworks using the apples as stencils. As an alternative, use fall leaves as stencils.

Fingerprint tree: the trunk is brown construction paper and its shape is your child’s arm and hand. Put out green, red, handprint craft how toorange, and yellow fingerpaint on paper plates and let kids add fall foliage, using fingertips or whole hands. Or create foliage by gluing on real autumn leaves.

Press fall leaves to preserve all those delightful and transitory changing colors. Place between layers of wax paper and press into heavy books for a few weeks.

Save a few of those leaves and make a leaf mask. Click here for directions.

With a few twigs and some fall-colored buttons, plus card stock and glue, kids can make their own autumn tree artworks. Or use dried beans glued on cardstock “leaves.”

Have lots of acorns on the ground with caps still attached? Acorn toadstools can be fun to create.

Gathering acorns is like going on an Easter egg hunt in the fall. You can use them to make acorn meal , and bake acorn pancakes and bread.

Collect pine cones and paint the tips. Tie them up with ribbons and hang as natural decorations.

Great idea from Martha Stewart: Gourd bowling! Use magic markers to number the gourds, then stand them up in a pyramid with lower numbers at the front and higher numbers at the back. Use a small pumpkin as a bowling ball.

Make scarecrows out of paper bags. Set them up on fence posts.

Assemble gift jars filled with all the ingredients needed for a delicious fall soup mix!

Cheap-Fall-WreathsMake a colorful and friendly fall door hanger.

Create fun outdoors and learn the ABCs by making leaf alphabet cards.

Make pom poms out of tissue paper and wooden dowels for your little cheerleaders.

Protect books and let your creativity shine with custom-made textbook covers.

Have corn husks? Instead of throwing them into the compost pile, gather some twine, glue, and bits of felt, and make corn husk dolls.

Construct a handprint wreath out of fall-colored construction paper or foam board.

Repurpose a plastic water bottle as a bird feeder.plastic bottle bird feeder

Glue fall leaves with Mod Podge to an inflated balloon. Wait for it to dry thoroughly, then pop the balloon. The leaves will form a lovely bowl-like autumn decoration.

Make a fall-themed garland with felt scraps and yarn.

Create fall finger puppets out of toilet paper rolls, fall leaves, googly eyes, buttons and rocks. Or use popsicle sticks, leaves and googly eyes to make leaf people.

Make a falling-leaf mobile out of construction paper or real leaves.

This is such a delightful and enchanting time of year. Let’s make the most of it by using nature’s bounty to decorate and have fun!

 

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