We round-up our favourite autumn crafts for children, including leaf crowns and a brilliantly simple idea for conkers
As the weather draws in, you might be tempted to hunker down inside instead of getting out and about. As mentioned in our round-up of ten brilliant things to do with children in autumn, autumn crafting is a great indoors activity to do when it’s less than lovely outside.
So we thought we’d take a deep dive and round-up a whole host of autumn-themed crafting activities to keep little hands busy and everyone, including parents, happy:
Firstly, autumnal leaves are a brilliant source for different crafts, with a multitude of different ideas:
Make a leaf crown: Everyone loves daisy chains, and you can follow a similar method to make colourful, nature-themed crowns everyone can wear in the park (and at home). The step-by-step guide is here.
Leaf pressing: Go on an autumn walk to collect as many different types and colours of leaves as you can find. Press them by placing them in between layers of tissue in a heavy book for a couple of days (longer if you want them to be completely dry). Then use them for collages, painting - even string them up to make leaf bunting, as in the photo.
Leaf collages: Gather the leaves and then use them on pictures to create a collage. Add paint, glitter - you name it.
Leaf bowls: Use air drying clay to make leaf bowls shaped from the outline of leaves. Once these are dry, there’s a second activity to be had in painting them. These would make great keepsake Christmas presents.
And secondly, here are lots more ideas:
Conker spiders: If your children love small world play, they might like to make these no glue conker spiders. All you need is a conker, pipe cleaners and googly eyes. More here.
Apple printing: Apples are in season, and why not use them to make colourful prints? It’s a similar idea to potato printing and all you need are apples, paper and paint.
Conker marbling: If your children prefer getting the paints out, then try this idea - conker marbling.
Autumn playdoh: Are you a fan of pumpkin spiced everything? Then you might want to make this autumn spiced playdough for your children. It’s a simple homemade play dough recipe, with an added sensory dimension of spice. You can also add in autumn-theme extras like leaves and twigs to make models, for an added layer of squishy fun.
Find more inspiration over on our autumn-themed Pinterest board