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:

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.

You’ll need:

  • 2 paper plates
  • Brown paint (or red and green mixed together)
  • Googly eyes
  • Card (optional)
  • Tissue paper (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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.


Felt Hedgehog

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
  • Card
  • Googly Eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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:

  • Leaves
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Sequins

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‘.

Hedgehog Bed

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?

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  1. Habiba
    October 30, 2015 / 6:38 pm

    I have a 15-month old daughter and I’m constantly scrolling through pintrest looking for crafts to do with her! Most seem for slightly older toddlers, so these are perfect for us 🙂 I especially like the leaf picture!

    • November 1, 2015 / 3:14 pm

      I’m glad you like them. It really is hard to find some isn’t it. They all seem to be for 2/3 year olds. I hope you enjoy doing them. The leaf picture is so much fun because you can just put glue down and chuck them in the air. Be prepared for very stick hands though! x

  2. Natasha Mairs
    November 3, 2015 / 9:13 am

    I am really loving the paper plate owl and the felt hedgehog is just so sweet!! We will have to try these. We have already done loads of leaf crafts,

    • November 3, 2015 / 8:18 pm

      I love making art with things you find outside. There is so much you can do with leaves isn’t there and it’s so crunchy! x

  3. November 3, 2015 / 10:02 am

    I’m loving Mr Felty Hedgehog 🙂 thanks for the inspiration. We have a load of flattened leaves in a book somewhere that are shouting out for a Autumn craft!

    • November 3, 2015 / 8:17 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I hope you have fun with your leaves! They’re so great to use for little crafts like this. x

  4. November 3, 2015 / 10:23 am

    Your felt hedgehog is so cute! I love how you combined the art pieces together at the end.

    • November 3, 2015 / 8:16 pm

      Aww thank you! We’ve since made some more felt animals to go with it so we can play with the leaves and the animals together. x

  5. November 3, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    Lovely simple autumn crafts. I love the idea of a bed of leaves for your hedgehog to sleep on, really cute!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

    • November 3, 2015 / 8:15 pm

      Thank you so much. We’ve made some new addition animals now to play on it. Evie loves it. x

  6. Baby Isabella
    November 3, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    The paper plate owl looks great – you could even give him leaves for his feathers! Great crafts #LetKidsBeKids x

    • November 3, 2015 / 8:14 pm

      That’s a great idea to add to it! Thank you so much for your comment. xx

  7. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)
    November 3, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    These are great autumn craft ideas. I particularly like the felt hedgehog nestling in amongst all the leaves in the leaf picture although the paper plate owl looks fun to make too 🙂

    • November 6, 2015 / 6:20 pm

      Thank you so much Louise. They’re so easy to do as well. Evie loves playing with the little hedgehog and making it pretend to snore on the leaves. It’s so cute. x

    • November 6, 2015 / 6:21 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s really sweet isn’t it. x

  8. November 4, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    I’ve been carrying around a collection of pretty leaves in my bag while looking for a craft activity inspiration. These look simple enough even my destructive toddlers could do these.

    • November 6, 2015 / 6:30 pm

      They’re really easy to do, definitely worth trying. With the leaves we let Evie chuck them up in the air above the paper and then let them fall down onto it. She can be quite destructive too. I will just say, keep a bowl of soapy water nearby. If they’re anything like mine, the glue will get EVERYWHERE. x

  9. November 5, 2015 / 12:12 am

    These are so cute! I really like your leaf collage and that you have placed the hedgehog on top after – has made it super cute! Hope you don’t mind I am so pinning this! 🙂 x

      • November 6, 2015 / 6:38 pm

        haha thank you. I always forget this part too. x

    • November 6, 2015 / 6:35 pm

      Thank you so much for pinning it. It’s really sweet isn’t it. Evie keeps playing with it like it’s a real animal, it’s so cute. x

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