Fun Fall Craft Ideas for Kids

little girl making preparations for fall craft

It’s the first day of fall! Along with this season comes cool weather, seasonal treats, and lots of festive activities. However, one of the best ways to celebrate the fall season is indoors with the people you love. Gather the kids and bring in the sweater weather with a fun fall craft session!

Indoor Fall Trees

One of the greatest indicators of fall is the changing leaves. Well, you don’t have to go outdoors to enjoy this majestic experience this year. Try out this fun craft and you’ll have fall trees right in the comfort of your home!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Leaves, scissors, a brown marker, tape, a sheet of contact paper

Step 1: Draw a tree outline on the non-stick side of the contact paper. Then, color it in with the brown marker.

Step 2: Once your tree drawing has been completed, peel off the back side of the contact paper. Then, tape the edges of the NONSTICK side onto a glass door or window. *Be sure to leave the sticky side facing you.

Step 3: Allow your child to make their own tree by sticking leaves onto the sticky side of the contact paper.

That’s it! With only three steps, you can enjoy the beauty of a fall tree while indoors. What a fun way to decorate!

Leaf Paintings

Another great way to make use of fallen leaves is to create a leaf painting! With just a few leaves from your yard, your child can create a beautiful project that they can be proud of.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Leaves, paper, paint, tape, and a frame that matches the size of the paper.

Step 1: Tape the backs of the leaves down and stick them onto the paper.

Step 2: Get an accent paint color of your choice and allow your child to paint around the leaves, covering the white paper. (Some good paint options are yellow, purple, blue, or green).

Step 3: Allow the painting to dry completely.

Step 4: Once the painting has dried, put the painting inside of the picture frame and display it inside of your home!

This craft can become part of your family’s fall decor for years to come. *If you’d like to try out a similar activity, your child can also make an abstract painting using pine cones.

Fall Science Experiment

Though this isn’t necessarily a “craft” per se, it’s a great way to teach your child something new. Has your child ever asked you what makes the leave change from green to orange in the fall? If so, this is the perfect way to explain the process. Change the color of leaves with this fun fall experiment!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A few leaves (all from the same tree), a spoon, rubbing alcohol, a jar, a plastic baggie, a large rubber band, a paper coffee filter, a small bowl (or pan)

Step 1: Break the leaves into pieces and place them in the jar.

Step 2: Pour the rubbing alcohol into the jar until the leaves are covered.

Step 3: Using the spoon, firmly mash the leaves and stir them around in the jar until the rubbing alcohol turns into a light green color.

Step 4: Use the plastic baggie (or plastic wrap) to completely cover the top of the jar. Secure it with the rubber band.

Step 5: Place the covered jar in the center of the bowl or pan. Ten, pour hot water into the bowl or pan so that it surrounds the bottom exterior of the jar.

Step 6: Wait for about 45 minutes. (Occasionally swish the jar around to stir the leaves around a bit). The alcohol should turn into a dark green color.

Step 7: Cut a long strip from the coffee filter. Then, vertically place part of it inside so that it reaches the rubbing alcohol, and leave the remaining top portion hanging outside of the jar. Tape the top portion to the outer edge of the jar to keep it in place.

Step 8: Allow the coffee filter to sit inside of this mixture for about an hour. As the liquid travels up the filter, the colors will separate as the alcohol evaporates off of it. The colors showing on the coffee filter will show the color process of the leaves from this particular tree. It’s color reflects whether this tree’s leaves turn yellow, orange, or red in the fall season.

Explanation: Leaves get their green color from chlorophyll. This component is so dominant that it hides the other colors within the leaves – however, other colors are indeed present. So, when the chlorophyll breaks down in the fall season, these other colors are visible. This experiment sped up the chlorophyll breakdown process, so you were able to see the other colors.

 

Now that you’ve got a few fall craft ideas, it’s time to get started. Hop into a quality vehicle from Toyota of Boerne and head out to the store nearest you, today!