Fun Fall Art Projects for Kids

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Changing leaves, pumpkins and apple cider are all cozy remnants of Fall. There are many fun ways to reinforce the concept of Fall with your kids through art projects at home.

Below are four ideas, each of which are simple to prepare for, but packed with tons of fun and learning for your kids. These activities are great for toddlers and up—Of course, you are the best judge of what is appropriate for your kids. Each activity will also help strengthen fine motor skills—later helping your kids as they learn to do things like cut with scissors and write. Your kids will have fun exploring, learning and creating all at the same time!

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Activity #1: Apple Printsapple prints displayI love to eat apples, especially in the Fall when it’s apple season. Did you know that they also make great stamps for art projects too?

pump spice suppliesFor this project…Cut an apple in half, take out the seeds, get some paint and then your kids can have fun making stamping apples!

pump spice mMy son enjoyed it and your kids probably will too!

finishedYou can also cut out some stems and let your child glue them on. That’s it—SO simple, but so much fun for little ones!!

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Activity #2: Window Finger-Painting with a Ziploc

displayI have seen this activity all over Pinterest and finally got around to trying it with my son.

pump spice suppliesYou will need some finger-paint {I choose Fall colors, since that’s the theme}, a gallon size Ziploc bag and some masking tape.

pump spice taped

Add the finger-paint to the Ziploc bag and seal it tightly. Then tape the bag securely to a window or sliding glass door at your child’s level.

pump spice m paintingLet your kids explore!

pump spice more paintingThey can even practice writing letters or drawing shapes…

pump spice rollingOr use different tools like a roller. Another simple, yet super fun activity for kids. It’s one of my son’s new favorite activities!

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Activity # 3: Autumn-Scented Play Dough

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Play Dough—Most kids enjoy this squishy dough, and this fun recipe will fill your home with festive Fall scents. There is an Apple-Cinnamon version and a Pumpkin-Spice version.

==>> CLICK HERE for the recipe!

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Activity #4: Colored Pasta Trees

displayOnce of the prettiest things about Fall is watching all the leaves change colors. This craft is a great way to enforce that concept with your children. It uses colored pasta to represent leaves.

treeStart by using construction paper to make tree. Glue the cut-out to another sheet of construction paper.

pastaThen you will need some colored pasta.  CLICK HERE for directions on how to make colored pasta. You can use any shape of pasta, and I chose fall leaf colors for this project.

pasta trees mNow your kids can have fun gluing down pasta {leaves}!

pasta trees finishedMy son’s finished tree!

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I hope you enjoy doing these Fall-Inspired art projects with your kids, as much as I did with my son!

hannah

(C) 2013 Pocketful of Motherhood

{DIY} Autumn Scented Play Dough

autumn play dough blogMy preschool teaching days introduced me to the world of homemade play dough and I’m glad they did. It’s inexpensive, easy to make and lasts longer than the store bought stuff when made right. Like many kids, my 2-year old is a fan of the soft-squishy-colorful dough. So with the beginning of fall just underway, I thought it would be fun to make a batch of some autumn scented play dough. Kool-Aid play dough is my go-to homemade play dough recipe, but I used a slightly different recipe this time since I wanted to create specific fall-like scents.

The result…

2 flavors

Apple-Cinnamon Play Dough and Pumpkin-Spice Play Dough {don’t they sound festive?!}

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I recently saw a play dough recipe where someone used their Kitchen Aid to mix the dough. I fully embrace any opportunity to use my Kitchen Aid, so I tried it and it worked great. No need to worry though…if you don’t have one, a sturdy wooden spoon and a little stirring will do the trick.

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Homemade Play Dough

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups flour

½ cup salt

1 tablespoon cream of tarter

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

¾ cup water

Directions: Place the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large mixing bowl; Use a Kitchen Aid or something comparable if you have one. Heat the water in the microwave until it starts to boil; about 1 ½ – 2 minutes. Add the water and vegetable oil to the dry mixture. Turn on the mixer to a low speed and let it mix until well combined. If you don’t have a mixer, you can stir everything by hand with a wooden spoon. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour until reaching a dough-like consistency. Take it out of the bowl and knead it on a clean countertop for a minute so that it’s nice and soft. Store the play dough in an airtight container when it’s not being used. It will keep for several months and you can increase the shelf- life by storing it in the fridge.

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Apple-Cinnamon Play Dough: Add several drops of red food coloring and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to the mixture while it’s mixing.

Pumpkin-Spice Play Dough: Add several drops of orange food coloring and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice to the mixture while it’s mixing. If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice you can make your own. Just combine equal parts of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, ground cloves and nutmeg.

{PRINT RECIPE}

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Your kids will love this stuff and it will make your home smell just like Fall!!

hannah

(C) 2013 Pocketful of Motherhood, All Rights Reserved

Construction Themed Birthday Party

collageI am excited to be back in the blogging world today after a short absence, and I am even more excited to share this post! It seems like just yesterday I was holding my little 7 pound newborn in my arms for the first time, and last week he turned 2…Where does the time go?! Well, I wanted my special little boy to have a special 2nd birthday celebration, so I decided to do a construction theme with lots of trucks. My son is “ALL-BOY” and this theme just seemed to fit him. I worked on the details for this party over the course of a few months. It took a lot of planning and time, but I had a blast putting it all together!

FIRST, THE DECORATIONS…

Birthday Sign BlogFor the Happy Birthday Banner I traced different sizes of circles onto card-stock and then cut them out by hand. A circle cutter would come in handy for this, but I made do with regular scissors. I drew the dump trucks and cut them out as well.  I found some black stick-on letters at Hobby Lobby that I used for the words. Then I assembled the banner with a little glue, a hole punch and some ribbon.

diamond signs blogI made these diamond-shaped signs with yellow card-stock. Yes, I stocked up on card-stock for this party ;). Free Printable Below!

Door Sign BlogI made this welcome sign for the front door by printing the words on orange card-stock. I completed it with a truck and some more card-stock. Free Printable Below!

kid table blogI set-up a kid table with some hard hats {from the dollar store} and some construction trucks that I found on Amazon.

ONTO THE FOOD…

Table spread blogI looked around on Pinterest for inspiration for this party, and I found several creative ideas for the food.

Dessert Table BlogEvery food had a “construction” related name.  I made the food labels with card-stock, mason jar labels and truck stickers.

nuts and bolts blogNuts and Bolts = Trail Mix, Lumber = Pretzel Sticks, Pebbles = Recess Pieces

Boulders BlogBoulders = Grapes

wrecking balls blogWrecking Balls = Nectarines

build a sandwich blogBuild-a-Sandwich = make your own sandwich

rocky road and spare tires blogRocky Road= Marshmallows dipped in chocolate and nuts

Spare Tires= Mini Chocolate Donuts

fuel station blogFuel Station = Drinks

cake collageLast but not least…the cake! I made a marbled chocolate and yellow cake to mimic black and yellow caution tape. I decorated the cake with dirt {a combination of cake crumbs and crushed snickers}. I found a set of mini construction trucks on Amazon, and I used one to top the cake.

Tools blogOf course, “tools” to eat it all with! Free Printable Below!

Micah and Mommy for blogSuch a fun party and my little 2-year old had such a fun time!!!

FREE PRINTABLE’S:

*DIAMOND CONSTRUCTION SIGNS

*FRONT DOOR SIGN

*HARD HAT SIGN

*TOOLS LABELS

hannah

(C) Pocketful of Motherhood, 2013