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.

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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} Colorful Craft Pasta

displayColored Pasta is great for art projects, sensory bins, sorting, stringing on yarn and so much more. It’s a fun way to reinforce the concept of colors and it’s also a great way to build fine motor. I thought it would be the perfect thing for my {almost} 2-year old son to explore with since he’s really interested in colors right now! The best part—it’s so easy and inexpensive to make!

IngredientsStep 1: Gather your ingredients.

4 baggiesStep 2: Put the pasta into Ziploc baggies. I put a couple of handfuls of pasta into each baggie.

pasta dyeingStep 3: Add the rubbing alcohol and food coloring. Pour about 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol into each bag of pasta. Then add about 8-10 drops of food coloring per bag and seal up the baggies. Don’t worry about being exact in these measurements. You can adjust the food coloring depending on how rich in color you want the pasta to be. Next, gently shake each bag to mix the liquid around. Let the pasta sit and soak up the color for about 1-2 hours. It’s helpful to mix everything around again about halfway through.

pasta drying bestStep 4: Pour the pasta out the baggies and let it dry overnight.

finished pasta newThe pasta will soak up all the liquid overnight and in the morning the pasta will be colorful and ready for fun projects, like the one I helped my son with!

gluing pastaMy son had fun gluing the pasta onto construction paper…

so funAnd he enjoyed naming all of the colors too :)!

finishedI can’t wait to do many more projects with him using this fun pasta!

*This pasta will last for a while as long as you don’t get it wet. It’s great for toddlers and up, but as with any activity like this, you are the judge of when your child is ready for something like this. I closely supervised my son while he was gluing the pasta onto paper.

hannah

(C) 2013 Pocketful of Motherhood