Do you feel that? It’s a breathe of fresh air! What about that smell? Could it be a fire crackling away in one of your neighbor’s fireplaces? Guess what? Fall has arrived! This is one of my favorite times of the year and even before Sweet Pea was born, I fantasized about going apple picking, stomping in big piles of leaves, and doing so many cute fall crafts with her! Last year Sweet Pea was barely 1 year old and her abilities were… limited. However, this year is a completely different ball game! So, I did what any partially insane Mom would do– I spent hours pouring over all the totally amazing ideas on Pinterest and I have come up with 10 really cute, totally fun, and very doable fall crafts and activities I really want to do with Sweet Pea over the next few weeks.
Isn’t this about the cutest craft you have ever seen? It looks really easy as well. Stacey from Glued to My Crafts has a ton of excellent craft ideas for fall and pretty much any other time of the year (the footprint airplane is totally going to go on our to-do list!). One of the things I love about Stacey’s blog is that she breaks down the crafts into a great DIY tutorial. This tissue paper Apple Kid Craft is one of her most popular crafts!
One of the great things about Autumn is that the weather is usually pretty fantastic for outdoor exploration and if you live in an area where the leaves changes colors, your toddler will have a blast searching for their favorite leaves. This next project looks like a fantastic way to incorporate a natural sensory activity with a fun and easy art project.
Helen at Craft Ideas for Kids has some really cute ideas (I am digging the octopus made from toilet rolls as well!). The link to this great idea is:
Sarah Driscoll at Diapers & Daisies (Sarah is actually a professional photographer who just so happens to do great crafts with her kiddos as well), has a wonderful round up of fall crafts she put together a few years ago. Her favorite craft from that list (and I have to say I am partial to it too) is the Fabulous Fall Trees. You can get instructions on how to do this cute tree here:
No Time For Flashcards is an amazing website and resource for parents looking for a fun project to do with their kids. Allison McDonald, who started this blog in 2008, is an educator and has really innovative ideas. I really like this craft because it uses both paint and markers, will give Sweet Pea the opportunity to build her scissor skills, and really– how can you argue with pom poms?
To get the directions for this craft and more apple craft ideas, see:
So, I know I am putting a ton of apple tree crafts on this list, but come on– there are so many cute ideas! Would you ever have thought a bath poof would make such a cute tree? Well, it sure does… and that looks like a super fun way to spend an hour with Sweet Pea. Michelle at Crafty Morning has one of my favorite blogs I think. Her ideas are so fresh and her photography is absolutely beautiful (yes, Michelle.. I am gushing). If you like this cute craft, you can see how to make it here:
Fall Sensory Bins are such a great idea for toddlers and young children. You really don’t need much. You can use any plastic bin, or even a sand table. I really love the ideas that Jackie from Happy Hooligans has for fall sensory bin that is easy to assemble and will keep your 2-year engaged for quite a while. The link to how to assemble it is here:
For Fall Sensory Bins and really, sensory bins in general, I also really love Little Bins for Little Hands, which is a site dedicated to the sensory experience. This post has a lot of great ideas for fall kids activities:
If you are pressed for time and/or don’t care to delve into the world of tempura paint, Kristina at Toddler Approved has developed a number of ideas for simple but cute fall crafts that emphasize the time you spend with your kiddo more than anything else. I can’t get enough of these Sparkly Fall Leaves and I know Sweet Pea will love strategically placing (throwing) the buttons and jewels into place. For more on this craft and other easy to do Mom and Toddler Fall crafts, click here:
Isn’t this the coolest window catcher craft? You can get detailed instruction on how to make it plus a number of other fall crafts for young kids at the All Kids Network. This craft can be found here:
You had me at ‘edible paint.’ No seriously! This is a leaf painting craft with edible paint. Awesome! Shaunna at Fantastic Fun and Learning is the brains behind this delicious craft, which she couples with a book recommendation. So, in one craft activity you can improve your child’s literacy, technically cook with your kid, and do some awesomely messy and fun fall crafting. I like the sound of that! For more information on this craft, see:
Finally, I just had to include one more craft from Crafty Morning because seriously… how cute are those pumpkins! I know this post has been all about apples and leaves. However, Halloween is just around the corner. So, in preparation for jack-o-lanterns, bats, and everything else that is spooky, why not try this cute craft out with your 2-year old? I know I will be!
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So, thanks so much for checking out my fall craft to-do list! I hope you find some time to get crafty with your kids this fall and if you try these crafts out, I hope you love them.
Thanks so much for reading!