Oh Autumn. It’s such a cosy season isn’t it? Pretty colours, chilly days, big scarves.
We went for a walk in the woods last week and ended up collecting lots of beautiful leaves for some autumn crafts.
These messy play crafts are a great way to introduce leaf textures and animals that are typically associated with Autumn, to your toddler.
They’re also really short, simple and easy to do, which is great if your little one has a short attention span like mine. Here’s our 3 easy toddler autumn crafts:
Our daughter is 18 months old, so this has been a really great way to introduce cutting and sticking to her.
All of these activities are fun for you to do alongside your toddler. They’ll probably be a bit small to do them solo.
Top tip! It’s a really good idea to put down a matt and keep a bowl of water nearby. This will come in handy for those sticky, glittery hands.
PAPER PLATE OWL
Our first toddler autumn craft is this owl paper plate. It is so easy to do. Keep in mind that my toddler did help to make these, so they don’t look perfect and pin-worthy. Evie insisted on adding lots of silver glitter while we were painting, which was so cute, but so messy.
- 2 paper plates
- Brown paint (or red and green mixed together)
- Googly eyes
- Card (optional)
- Tissue paper (optional)
Cut one paper plate in half. Get your toddler to help you paint both all paper plate sections brown. Leave them to dry.
Tear off some tissue paper (brown, yellow, white or whatever takes your fancy) and get your toddler to help you stick it to the dry paper plate to make the feathering around the eyes.
Cut two circles out of card for the eyes and get your toddler to help you stick it on top of the tissue paper. Next, get them to help you stick down some googly eyes and a triangle shape cut out of card.
Our second toddler autumn craft is a felt hedgehog. Last week we did some Halloween crafts and made some pumpkin faces out of felt. Instead of sticking the parts down, we used it as a learning tool to teach the parts of the face. With the hedgehog, we decided to stick the parts down this time. But feel free to copy what we did with the pumpkins for this hedgehog, if you wanted to!
You will need:
- Brown Felt
- Googly Eyes
If you don’t have felt, this can easily been done with brown cardboard or even brown paint! Cut out the shape for the hedgehogs back, giving it a slightly chopped back. For the spikes of course!
Then cut the shape for the hedgehogs face out of felt and the shape for the nose out of card. Get your toddler to help you splodge the glue on the back of the face and press it down. Then get your toddler to help you stick on the googly eyes.
Evie insisted that the hedgehog have a third googly eye on it’s back, but later tore it off. We then decided to make a little bed of leaves for our little hedgehog, out of the ones we collected on our Autumn walk.
Our third toddler autumn craft is this bed of leaves picture. It is so colourful and sparkly and is a great way to introduce crunchy textures to your toddler.
You will need:
Cover the card in glue and get your toddler to help press down the leaves. For a bit of extra fun, we decided to chuck them up in the air to see if they would land on the paper.
Then cover the stuck down leaves in glue and get your toddler to help sprinkle glitter and sequins all over the paper.
Your masterpiece is complete. Now you can add your little hedgehog, so that he has somewhere to snooze this winter. We got the idea for this from the book ‘It Was A Cold Dark Night’. It’s a new addition to our previously posted ‘Autumn Bookshelf‘.
What do you think of our 3 easy toddler Autumn crafts? Which is your favourite? Will you be trying any of these with your toddler?