Autumn lovers, rejoice! The days may be getting shorter and the weather getting colder, but the gorgeous colours, warm scents and calming sounds of the season are finally here. If you’re looking for some fun, easy autumn crafts for kids to try this autumn then we have you covered!
Autumn crafts for children are almost endless, mainly thanks Harvest and Halloween, but even outside of these holidays, the beauty of the season is sure to inspire you and your children to create some amazing craft projects and artwork that’s worthy of a spot on the mantelpiece.
We’ve made a list of some of our favourite easy autumn crafts for kids with a step-by-step guide for each one.
Apple stamping and printing
I’m sure we’ve all reached for the paintbrush when it comes to keeping the children entertained, but for something a little more exciting, why not get them to paint and stamp using apples. You can easily cut shapes into the apple for your child to experiment with or simply cut the apple in half.
My Small World Top Tip: You can use multiple paint colours to make the printed apples extra colourful.
- Apples, cut in half
- Paint (any colour you prefer)
- Leaves from the garden (optional)
- Tray or a plastic plate to hold the paint
- Paper or cardboard
- For our apple stamping project, you’ll need to pour the paint onto a paint tray or an old plate (plastic plates work best in case it falls on the floor).
- Give each child a sheet of paper or cardboard as their canvas.
- Dip the apple in the paint and stamp it onto the canvas. If you want to add some extra detail to the work of art, you can also stamp leaves using the same process.
Autumn is the perfect season for crafting with nature, so take the kids on a walk to collect some natural supplies to create a one-of-a-kind pinecone owl that will bring some outdoor happiness into your home.
- Assorted Felt
- Pipe Cleaner
- Googly Eyes
- Non-toxic glue
- After gathering the pinecones on your nature walk, make sure to dust them off. The other materials can be collected from your local pound shop beforehand.
- Carefully cut the felt into the shapes that you will need for the owl (2 circles that are slightly larger than the googly eyes, nose, wings and eyebrows).
- Glue the googly eyes to the circular felt pieces.
- Then attach the beak to the lower part of the eye strip.
- Attach the whole face to the pinecone
- Attach the wing-shaped felt pieces to the side of the pinecone.
- Twist the pipe cleaner into two claw shapes and attach them to the bottom on the pinecone for each foot.
Milk jug birdfeeders
Making homemade birdfeeders is a great way to teach your kids about the many species of birds that migrate from the north to the UK during the late autumn, while also showing them the importance of being kind to animals.
Birdfeeders are not only a fun upcycling activity for your children, but you’ll also be providing much-needed food to sustain your feathered friends during the colder months.
- Plastic milk jug
- Pen or marker
- Art supplies
- For the entrance to the birdfeeder, you’ll need to draw a circle (about 3 inches wide) a few inches up from the bottom of the milk jug.
- Cut out the circle using scissors or a craft knife.
- Have the kids decorate the outside of the milk jug using non-toxic paint or markers.
- Fill the birdfeeder with birdseed.
- Hang the feeder on a tree using the milk jug handle.
My Small World Top Tip: Some birds to watch out for include Robins, Starlings, Blue tits, Sparrows and Blackcaps.