7 Kid-Friendly Fall Crafts

I love the fall! The weather cools down (jeans! boots! sweaters!), and I love the outdoor colors of the season. But fall always has some of those too-cool, rainy days that leave you cooped up inside. Since it’s hard to curl up in front of a fire with a cup of something and a good book when you have kids in the house, here are some fun craft suggestions to keep everyone entertained when you’re stuck indoors.

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Just like April showers bring May flowers, September…brings…pumpkins… Yeah, okay, so it doesn’t rhyme. Anyway, pumpkins are a nice, autumny decoration. Let your little ones work on their fine motor skills while crafting a beaded pumpkin.

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I mentioned how much I love the colors of fall, which is why I think leaf collages are such a lovely craft option. Enjoy the beautiful weather and get outside for a nature walk to collect fall leaves. On days best spent inside, use the leaves you collected to make a natural leaf collage. No leaves? No problem. Make your leaves out of tissue paper instead.

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Did you gather more leaves than you can use? Here’s another leaf-based craft: leaf animals. (The blog is in French, but the pictures speak for themselves.) The animals in the pictures are stunning, but this could be just as much fun when your children use their imaginations to invent their own creatures and scenes!

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I love decorating for fall. I have a beautiful fall wreath that I bought years ago when my husband and I lived in Michigan. It needs a protected space to hang, so we couldn’t put it up on our front door in Virginia.  I have been saving this thing for ten years and now, in our new house, I can hang it up. The weather here is still pretty summery, but I hung the wreath the day after Labor Day anyway. All that is to say that if we would have had this awesome leaf garland tutorial, I could have at least been decorating my fireplace for fall this whole time. What a fun and simple project to help kids learn to sew!

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Yarn wrapping is another great way to help young children develop fine motor skills. For your older kids, wrapping these (and other) fall shapes with yarn can be a fun opportunity for creativity. Take the wrapped pieces and put them in pretty bowl for a dining table centerpiece or a fun decoration for a coffee table.

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Leaves aren’t the only fall items you can use for decoration: owls abound this time of year, too. Maybe because they coordinate with the leaves so well? I don’t know. Anyway, check out these adorable cork owls. They would look adorable hanging out on a shelf or table or string a bunch together to create a garland. If you have very young children and are concerned about the small size of the materials for this craft, you can invite them make toilet paper roll owls.

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Why stick to just decorating the house? Use one of those autumn nature walks to gather some small pine cones and acorns to create these unique necklaces. If you don’t feel like springing for metal chains, you can string your acorns and pine cones on anything from yarn to embroidery thread. And in addition to crafty fun, these could make great gifts for fall birthdays or even as a thank-you gift from the kids. I wouldn’t mind getting one of these.

Need more ideas? Check out Baby Gizmo’s other fall craft ideas. Happy crafting!

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Christina lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and two English Springer Spaniels. Before becoming a reluctant stay-at-home mom, she worked in a variety of customer-service-oriented jobs while dreaming of living in the lap of luxury as a housewife. Unfortunately, having a child threw a wrench in Christina's plan to do nothing but eat bonbons while lounging in the Jacuzzi reading all day. Now, she spends her time looking for fun activities and crafts for her daughter and easy-to-prepare meals for her family, while trying not to land the kid in therapy when she grows up. Christina volunteers at several different places, and her particular passion is for her role as a sexuality educator. She loves to read, and to learn about--and share--new products and resources.

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