So you’re looking for some super easy fall crafts for toddlers? I have some great ones to share with you, but first I’d like to share a little backstory on my love of fall…
Fall has been my favorite time of year since I was a little girl. I loved going to the apple orchard. I would pick my own apples, sample warm apple cider and take hay rides around the grounds. Living near the mountains in NC, I also loved going up to Boone to look at the beautiful leaves.
When I was in college, I started looking forward to all things pumpkin and the crisp fall air the most. I was living in New York at the time and I still have fond memories of walking around Central Park in October with a Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand and just looking around at the leaves with a healthy dose of nostalgia.
Now that I have my own kids, I want to give them that same love of fall, but living in San Francisco, it’s a little harder! There aren’t really any seasons here, no easily accessible apple orchards and it just doesn’t really feel like fall. However, not all hope is lost! I am keeping the spirit of fall alive with these 5 fun and easy fall crafts for toddlers!
Whether you live somewhere with actual seasons or not, these crafts are for you! Honestly, you don’t even need a crafty bone in your body to do these with your kids. I hope you guys enjoy these as much as we did!
*All activities should be okay for any kids over age 1*
1. Paint a Little Pumpkin (2 Ways)
My kids LOVED this one and I got some priceless fall decorations as a bonus (see above)! We painted some real mini pumpkins that we had picked up from the grocery store with glitter glue first. Then we painted some paper mache pumpkins I had picked up from the craft store.
- Real mini pumpkins and/or mini paper mache pumpkins
- Newspaper or something to cover work space
- Glitter glue (I recommend this variety pack Crayola Washable Glitter Glue (9 pieces)
- Kid’s Paint – make sure it’s washable paint to save you extra laundry hassle!
- Paint Brushes
- Mod Podge (see below for my favorite one)
Method for Glitter Glue Mini Pumpkins:
- Put pumpkins on newspaper to minimize mess
- Give kids an assortment of glitter glues
- Let them decorate as they wish to and then let dry
*You could easily use paint instead of glitter glue for this craft, but I wanted to maintain the orange color of the pumpkins.*
Method for Paper Mache Pumpkins:
- Put pumpkins down on newspaper
- Let your kids choose their pumpkin and their paint color(s)
- Let them add glitter while paint is wet if you are brave and ready for more mess
- Once fully dry, paint on a coat of Mod Podge. This keeps the glitter from shedding everywhere and makes them look more polished
2. Apple Stamping
This is one of the easiest crafts EVER! You just need four things: paint, an apple, a knife and paper. We combined this craft with learning about where apples come from and what’s inside an apple. We loved reading Ten Apples Up on Top! too…
- Paints (red, yellow and green if you want to be realistic)
- Paper (we like construction paper, but we also use printer paper sometimes)
- Cut apple in half vertically
- Set out the paints on paper plates if you have them so kids can easily dip apples
- Let kids dip apple halves in chosen colors and stamp onto paper
- You could have them practice counting during this activity, which is what we did
3. Leaf Stamping
Do your kids like gathering up “unique” leaves when out for walks as well? What can you do with those leaves? Leaf stamping!
- Leaf or leaves
- Cover one side of the leaf in paint
- Press it down onto the paper and then remove
- Repeat as desired
- Voila! You have some awesome leaf art to cherish
4. Leaf Transfer
I think leaf transfer might be my favorite out of my Easy Fall Crafts for Toddlers compilation because it’s fun and the least messy! The other great thing about this craft and #3 is that you can literally use the same batch of gathered leaves for BOTH CRAFTS! So easy!
- Leaves of various sizes/shapes
- Crayons with the wrappers removed (you need to be able to rub the crayon over the leaf and can’t do that with wrappers on)
- Put a leaf under the paper and rub crayon over it
- Repeat with other leaves and crayon colors until it looks more like a collage (see picture)
- Kids love watching the leaves “appear” on the paper
5. Pumpkin Coloring Pages
To finish up, you guys know I LOVE coloring pages if you’ve been reading my posts, so I had to throw this one in! If you’re curious now, check out my Coloring Pages post next…We decided to do this one day when I didn’t want to really think of a craft to do, but the kids were feeling crafty. I printed out these pumpkins, gave them some paint and let them release that crafty energy!
- Pumpkin coloring pages (simply google pumpkin coloring pages and print your favorite)
- Paint or crayons
- Paintbrushes (if you choose to use paint)
- Give the kids the coloring pages and some paint/crayons
- Let them work while you enjoy at least 10-15 minutes uninterrupted
*This is a great craft to start teaching them to paint/color inside the lines and is also great for learning color blending*
Please let me know if you enjoy these easy fall crafts for toddlers in the comments below. I’d also love to hear if you have any more go-to easy fall crafts! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m really in the mood for some warm apple cider or pumpkin muffins after all this talk about fall! Maybe I’ll have to go make some while the kids are napping…
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