My kids love the holiday season. However, it can be a bit harder to come up with ideas that convey the fall ideas of thanksgiving and simplicity.
These ideas will hopefully help you come up with some ideas for helping your kids to have fun during the changing autumn weather. These ideas also help me instill a love of simplicity in my children. While it’s not without its faults, I want to teach my kids that money and things aren’t everything and they can still have fun with simple things like arts and crafts.
Four Autumn Salt Dough Ideas
Making autumn salt dough decorations is fun and simple. All you need to do is start with the basic recipe and then let your imagination go. You can double and triple the recipe as needed, to make anything out of salt dough that you want to for holiday fun and décor.
Basic Salt Dough Recipe
1 cup table salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup room temperature water
Mix dry ingredients together, then slowly stir in the water until it becomes like a dough. When it’s all sticking together, knead the dough until it’s very smooth and combined, about 10 minutes.
Once you’ve created your crafts, put in a 250-degree Fahrenheit oven on parchment paper to avoid sticking, and bake until the items are dried – usually 4 to 6 hours. It will depend on how thick the items are. They will feel hard and dry when done. Let cool before decorating.
1. Pumpkin Hand Prints
Form the dough into pumpkin shapes about as big as a paper plate. Then press your child’s hands (or feet) into the dough to form a print. Use a toothpick to write the date on the back of the design and the name of the child.
After baking and cooling, let your child paint their creation to finish it. Then let it dry again. You can spray a fixative on it to keep it looking fresh.
2. Leaf Ornaments
Find some cookie cutters shaped like fall leaves. Then roll out the dough about 1/2 inch thick. Next, using your cookie cutters, cut out the different leaf shapes. Using a toothpick or skewer, poke a hole in the top about 1/4 to 1/2 inch down, where you want to place the string to hang them. Now bake until done and cool.
Once cooled, you can paint them, put glue and glitter on them, or decorate them however you want. Put the string through them and hang then on dried branches. Leaves can also make great place settings for a fall party.
3. Candy Bowl
You can use any type of mold to create a bowl out of your salt dough. Simply use any item to mold from nature or from the craft store, such as leaves, bowls with texture… really whatever you want, so that you can get a pattern into the dough to make it interesting.
Bake it and cool it, then paint it and make it look great. Don’t forget to spray a fixative on it after it’s dry to make it look more like glass.
4 Get Spooky
You can create awesome ghosts, pumpkins, pine cones, leaves and more out of salt dough. Just form in whatever shape you want, bake, then paint the dough accordingly.
You can make spooky ghosts, pumpkins that you can paint, and more that will last forever. Let the kids paint everything the way they want to and they’ll have a lot of fun.
Autumn is the perfect time to start making fun crafts with the kids. As the weather gets colder, doing fun activities that take advantage of the good days outside and the cold days by staying inside having fun will create many wonderful memories.
Autumn Craft Ideas for Kids
Getting your kids involved with autumn craft ideas serves many purposes. You can spend more time with your children, plus teach them some of the history surrounding the different holidays that occur during the fall. It’s a win-win situation all the way around.
Paper Bag Crafts
Get small lunch-size paper bags, scraps of fabric, crayons, construction paper, paints, and glue. Then let your child create a turkey, settlers, Native Americans and other types of designs from their paper bags. There is nothing right or wrong in this area. Let their imaginations soar.
A great fall craft idea is to create a leaf collage. First, you can have fun with your children finding leaves and other fall items out of doors to use for the collage. Then you can choose the type of surface that you need to stick it all to in an attractive arrangement.
Cork Animals and People
Use glue or a glue gun to stick buttons, fabric scraps, felt, and more to corks from wine bottles, to make people or animals out of cork. You can make owls, turkeys, and more. Help your child with the glue gun part as the glue is super-hot.
Paper Plate Crafts
Paper plates are the perfect surface to use to make pumpkins, apples, and other fall decorations with your kids. All you need is some paint, fabric, glue, buttons, and anything else you want to stick to the paper plates to make the design. Your child can even make hand prints to give to grandma as a gift.
For this craft, all you need is some square tile samples (white is best), along with sharpies, alcohol, and felt. Color the tile, then use drops of alcohol to change the shape of the colors to make beautiful designs. You can then glue felt to the bottom after it dries, spray on a fixative on top with Hodgepodge, and you have some beautiful coasters for the holidays.
Pine cone Crafts
Pine cone crafts are fun because you get to first hunt for the pine cones, then use your imagination to make wonderful centerpieces, name settings, and other designs.
A fun thing to do is to use pine cones to make flowers. Get some pipe cleaners and, using a glue gun, stick the pine cones to the pipe cleaner. Let your child paint the pine cones different colors to make a “flower” bouquet of pine cones to put in a vase for a beautiful centerpiece.
Fall Leaves Crafts
Leaves can work in a variety of ways to help you create fall crafts with kids. One idea is to use wax paper, old crayons, and a leaf template (or a real leaf).
Cut two pieces of wax paper into a size you can handle. Shave your crayons on one piece, spreading it around, then top with the other piece. Cover with a towel, then use a hot iron to melt the crayons.
When it’s dry, use your leaf template to trace around it, then cut it. You can make a lot of leaves this way and put them behind glass. You can incorporate real leaves into your design too. Put in a frame and use to decorate for your fall dinners and events.
Autumn craft ideas for kids are plentiful and easy. Just let your imagination go. The idea is to spend time with your child and have something for them to show for it to use as centerpieces, fall décor, and even gifts.
These ideas are simple to implement, and they will leave you children entertained for (hopefully) a long time.
Thankfully, my kids aren’t too into technology and gadgets that they have a hard time being entertained by crafts. These easy craft ideas are simple to create, and they help to create a love of creating and learning in kids.
Comment below and let me know what you do to keep your kids entertained during the autumn season.