Today, I am sharing a guest post by Naomi Shaw on Fun Fall Crafts for Your Kids. Read on to find some super cool and easy (and cheap!) crafts for fall! Read on!
The carefree days of summer are behind us and now we have the fun-filled days of fall to look forward to. The changing leaves, pumpkin picking, fun festivals, and all the delightful holidays are just some of the things to look forward to during this magnificent season.
While you and your children are already likely excited about the festivities of fall, if you’re looking for a way to step up the excitement factor even more, how about doing some fall-themed crafts together? Crafts provide so many benefits for children. They are a great way to express creativity, a wonderful teaching tool, and a superb way to learn about the world in a meaningful way. And, between all of the changes and holidays that come along with this season, there are tons of craft projects that you and your kids can enjoy together.
Milk Jug Halloween Creatures
Instead of tossing your empty milk jugs, repurpose them into festive Halloween decorations. You’ll need the following supplies:
- A craft knife
- Paint and paint brushes
- A battery-operated candle
To start, wash out those jugs thoroughly and let them dry. Also, peel off any labels that might be on the outside. Once cleaned, cut a small hole in the bottom of the jug (adults only, please!). Next, decide what type of Halloween creature you want to make and paint the milk jug in the appropriate color. For a ghost, paint the jug white, for a pumpkin, paint it orange, and for a monster, paint it green. Once the paint dries, use black paint to create a face on the front of the jug.
When all the paint has dried, insert a battery-operated candle into the hole on the bottom of the jug and watch it illuminate. Line a bunch of jugs up on your front walkway or front step to welcome trick-or-treaters with.
When it comes to crafting, you can’t get much easier than this project. Take your kids outside on a nice fall day and go on a nature walk. Talk about the changing colors of the leaves-why they change colors and fall. Gather a collection of different shaped leaves; the more in-tact they are, the better. Head back inside and tape a leaf onto a tabletop and tape a piece of paper on top of it. Let your kids rub crayons over the paper and they’ll marvel as the image of the leaf appears through the paper, as if by magic! To make a really cool craft, do rubbings of a few different leaves using different colored crayons.
Thanksgiving Napkin Rings
Your kids will love helping you set the table for Thanksgiving dinner when they get to display the napkin rings they made! For this craft, you’ll need:
- Empty paper towel tubes
- A craft knife
- Unpopped corn kernels
To make homemade napkin rings, an adult can cut empty paper towel tubes into small sections; one paper towel tube should yield five napkin rings. Your kids can then paint the sections of paper towel tube with a fall-colored paint-yellow, orange, purple, or red. Once the paint dries, let them glue unpopped corn kernels onto the tubes. They can personalize the rings by gluing the kernels on to form the first initial of each guest’s name. When they’re completely dry, fold a napkin and place a tube around it. Voila! – A homemade and decorative napkin ring for Thanksgiving!
These simple crafts will make the fall season even more delightful for you and your children, and they will take great pride in displaying their crafts around the house. Welcome, fall!
Naomi Shaw is a freelance writer in Southern California. As a mom herself, she loves doing crafts with her children, and the great thing about these crafts is that the supplies needed are minimal. She writes on family-related topics, often contributing to the Candy Concepts blog.