Celebrate the Fall Season: 8 Autumn-Themed Crafts
While the weather may still be warm in some areas, fall has officially arrived. It’s time to get ready for apple picking, pumpkin carving, and Halloween costume shopping!
The changing seasons are a great learning opportunity for students—and the best part is that they can have fun while learning. With your guidance, the right materials, and a spacious and comfortable work space, your child can engage in many educational and enjoyable autumn-themed crafts at home.
To celebrate and help your student learn more about the fall season, here are few crafts that the whole family can do together this autumn:
1. Salt dough leaf prints
Instead of throwing all the fallen leaves in a trash bag, consider saving a few for this neat leaf activity. It will bring the fall leaves to life and capture their uniqueness and beauty. It’s also a great way to make fall memorable, even after the season is over.
2. The rotting pumpkin
Ever wondered what happens when a pumpkin rots? If you want a project that will keep your child engaged for a few weeks, this is the perfect one! The idea of letting something decompose might not sound appealing to you, but the science behind it will be entertaining and stimulating for your child.
3. Autumn sensory table
Go on a little nature walk and gather some fall treasures, including leaves, pinecones, and sticks, to place in an autumn sensory table. Students will get a chance to examine the texture and shape of these items up close. They can have a keepsake of their findings by drawing them in a sketchbook or jotting them down in a journal.
4. Gratitude journal
It can sometimes be difficult for students to express themselves, so beginning a gratitude journal can help them to organize their ideas and thoughts. They’ll gain a greater appreciation for all of the positive things in their life along the way. If your child starts now, he or she might be ready to share some of the entries on Thanksgiving!
5. Leaf color experiment
It’s fun to watch and admire the leaves as they change color, but it can be even more fun if you get a bit more hands-on during the process. Help your child learn about the changing leaves with this enlightening leaf experiment. Afterward, discuss what was learned—it could even inspire your child to do more research!
6. Pinecone owl
Adorable alert! If your child is interested in getting creative with nature, he or she might like turning a basic pinecone into a cute little owl. It’s a simple, quick, and imaginative project that students of all ages can enjoy.
7. Fizzing pumpkin treasure rocks
Does your child like science? Encourage him or her to try this easy and fun Halloween-themed science experiment. Not only will your child gain an exciting lesson in science, but also you’ll end up with some extra Halloween decorations, or favors for your Halloween party.
8. Leftover Halloween activities
Even though your child may be tempted to eat his or her entire candy stash from trick-or-treating adventures right away, put some aside to use for a few activities, games, and even recipes. You’ll both be surprised by how much you can do and learn with Halloween candy!
If you haven’t already done so, make sure to follow Connections Academy’s Autumn Crafts for Kids Pinterest Board for more fall-themed crafts and activities. You can also check out our many engaging instructographics on the Connections Academy website.
What are some educational and fun autumn crafts that you have done with your child to celebrate the fall season? We want to hear from you—share your ideas in the comments!