10 Teacher-Approved Fall Crafts for Your Kiddo
Get crafty and celebrate the season of apples, leaves and pumpkin seeds with these teacher-favorite fall crafts.
Full disclaimer: I am no expert in the realm of kids’ crafts. But, I am the daughter of someone who is! My mom, Mrs. Sherri Conti, has been a kindergarten teacher for as long as I can remember. Suffice it to say, she knows her way around a classroom and has a full arsenal of extra-cute kids’ crafts up her sleeve.
Looking for a festive, fall project for your little one this weekend? You’re in the right place. Keep reading to find out my mom’s top 10 go-to projects for autumn and how the crafts develop various skill sets for the students.
Autumn Leaves Project
My mom is oh-so-excited to execute this cute, autumn leaf craft with her classroom this year. Once the playground is littered with fallen leaves, my mom will have her students gather leaves in all shapes and sizes to create this sponged leaf painting on sturdy paper or canvas. The kids will explore how mixing primary paint colors, such as red and yellow, creates entirely new, autumnal hues. To make the most of this project, my mom suggests asking questions about how different colors are made or to count the number of each color leaf on their canvas. Find full instructions here>>
This craft is ripe for the picking! (Get it?) Mom makes the most of the seasons’ bounty and uses halved apples to create a sweet, apple stamp art project. Depending on the age group you’re working with, you may consider creating the construction paper basket in advance. Equip your petite artist with a one halved apple (seeds saved to the side), a sponge brush and red and green paint. Allow them to fill their baskets to their liking and when the paint has dried, use glue to add seeds to the center of their stamped apples. Use this project before a class field trip to the apple orchard, as a tool to talk about the letter “A” or as a fun, Friday activity paired with a seasonal storybook. Find full instructions here>>
How cute is this bright little cardinal bird? My mom enlists this crinkled-paper craft project to help develop her students’ hand-eye coordination, as well as strengthen their hands. To create the crinkled effect, students must wrap their tissue paper around a pencil. Find full instructions here>>
I can’t be the only one who’s all googly-eyes over this adorable apple craft, right? Mom brings this craft into her classroom year after year because it includes coloring, cutting and pasting. Coloring is fun for the students, while also secretly aiding them in becoming comfortable holding writing utensils, the proper way. If you’re tight on time, cut out the apple printable in advance but my mom suggests using this craft as an exercise for cutting skills. Find free template here>>
Design Your Own Turkey
Gobble-gobble! Mom plans to take advantage of this free, turkey printable the week before Thanksgiving. Her students will work on their coloring skills and use red, yellow and mixed-orange paint to make three handprints to create “feathers”. Find free template here>>
Pine Cone Pumpkin
You can never have too many pumpkin projects on display around the house, right? Right. My mom plans to use this pine cone pumpkin craft to develop her kindergartners’ fine-motor skills, painting skills and as a lesson on following instructions. She recommends cutting twigs to size and curling the natural wire “vines” ahead of time. Find full instructions here>>
Who knew a green-faced witch could be so, wicked cute? Pair this simple handprint craft with a magical, Halloween story. Find full instructions here>>
Spooky Spider Web
Encourage your kids to weave and seize the opportunity to read Charlotte’s Web, all in one fell swoop! This spooky spider project develops small motor skills by lacing string through a piece of paper and creating a spider web. Mom elevates this lesson in her classroom by numbering each hole in advance. Then, she has students lace their yarn through a hole, based on the number she instructs them to use. This is a way to practice number recognition, patience and following steps. Find full instructions here>>
(Pop!) Corn Craft
A-maize-ing, yes? Pull-out this ultra-easy popcorn project to brighten up a chilly, autumn afternoon. This simple glue-on project is especially great before a field trip to the local corn-maze or pumpkin patch. Pro tip: just be sure to pop a little extra so everyone can enjoy a salty snack before heading home for the day! Find full instructions here>>
Five Little Pumpkins Print-Out
Mom’s planning to use this free, five little pumpkin print out for her students this year. She’s a fan of this project because it aids in her little ones’ ability to recognize numbers and sequences, as well as developing memorization skills. Find free booklet printable here>>