Fall Name Collage
This is one of my favorite fall projects to do with Emma. It uses materials typically found at home and gives us the chance to get out and enjoy some fresh air and the changing seasons.
- Bag for collecting
- Piece of foam or construction paper long enough for name
- Sticks, feathers, leaves, reeds from plants, acorns, pine cones seeds, fall colored popsicle sticks or pipe cleaners
- Hot glue gun
Head to a nearby trail, park, open space or other area where you can collect items for a fall collage. Search for items that would work for spelling out your child’s name.
Help your child build their name spacing it out so that all the letters can fit. When you have the spacing down , hot glue the fall items down to spell out your child’s name. Hang on fridge, wall, bulletin board or wherever you want to display it.
Fall Leaf Painting
If your child is anything like Emma, you’ve been handed a countless number of rocks, leaves etc. over the years that they want to bring home. When fall comes, Emma wants to pick up every leaf she sees. This is a great way to use up leaves!
- Bag to collect leaves
- Piece of white construction or printer paper
- Masking tape
- Paint brushes
- Fall colored paint (red, yellow, orange)
- Paper plate or container to hold paint
Go on a leaf walk collecting different size and shaped leaves along the way. Tape leaves onto the piece of paper in any order/pattern desired. Paint around the leaves in red, yellow and orange. Mixing the paint colors is also fun. When dry, remove leaves carefully. Sit back and admire the masterpiece!
Emma loves using any object outside of the usual paintbrush for painting. This is a fun activity to
- Corn obs- one for each color
- Fall colored paint
- Paper plates to put paint on
- One set of corn cob holders
Begin by shucking the corn. Put the corn holders on one cob and cover the cob in paint. Roll the paint across the paper. Repeat process using a new corn cob for each color. Let the artwork dry and hang as fall decor.
Paper Plate Pumpkin
We made one of these Emma’s second Halloween. She was only one and I had to do most of the work. But, she painted the plate and picked where we hung him. I remember fondly making these when I was a kid!
- Paper plate
- Orange paint
- Extra plate or container for paint
- Paint brush
- Three pieces of black construction paper
- One piece brown and green construction paper
Begin by painting a paper plate orange. While it dries, cut out eyes, a nose and mouth for your pumpkin face out of black construction paper. The cutting might be a bit tricky for your little one still, so let them choose what kind of smile, eyes etc. you cut out. Now, cut out four even length strips out of the black construction paper. Show your child how to fold the strips by folding it over and over evenly back and forth until you reach the end of each strip. Let the paper go, so the folds come out. Cut out a stem out of brown construction paper and a leaf out of green construction paper if you would like to add those to your pumpkin. Once the paint is dry, glue the face, steam and leaf, arms and legs onto to your pumpkin. Enjoy your silly pumpkin!
Enjoy the magic of crafting and one on one time with your little one(s). I would love to see your creations when they are done!