With Fall on it’s way I have been thinking of my favourite Fall crafts for kids. This one we did last September, and it was such a hit we will be doing it again this year. It also held up really well, and looked great for a long time. This one is a great craft to do the first week of school!
I look forward to doing this one again this season with both my own little ones and in the classroom. And I will get better pictures this time too! But in the meantime, please don’t mind the pictures … though I know you kind souls won’t mind one bit …
Some Fall crafts for kids can take more time to set up then for little ones to complete. Not the crafts for me. This one is ideal, as my Sammy was able to do almost everything himself!
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For this craft we explored, collected, and created.
We went for a walk outside and collected coloured leaves. We looked for really bright colours: red, yellow, and orange. It is always neat this time of year to see how quickly the leaves change. A few days ago it was a challenge to find a single coloured leaf – but today we had no trouble filling a basket.
When we got home I had intended on sorting our collection: by colour, size, leaf type. But Sammy really was not interested and wanted to do a craft. I followed his lead and we crafted! My inspiration for this craft was from Fireflies and Mudpies
We (very simply) took a piece of clear contact paper and stuck fall leaves to it. I had Sammy put the coloured side down. We did chat about the colours, shapes, and sizes as we stuck them.
When he had filled his sheet we put another piece of contact paper on top to sandwich the leaves and keep them all stuck together. Sammy pressed the contact paper together. It is helpful to leave some spaces and gaps to help the contact paper adhere together.
I then cut out an ‘S’ for Sam. We added a bit of clear tape to a few spots on the sides of the letters to keep it stuck together. And then we repeated for the rest of his name.
Sammy realized today whenever we do activities like this we always use “Sam” and we very rarely call him Sam. He told me we really should be making Sammy.
So now I suppose our crafts will take a bit longer to complete …. at least I didn’t name him Benjamin …. 🙂 Oh the fun too come!
I think Fall Crafts are a great way to spend a day with my wee ones. I’m excited to give this one a try in the classroom as well!