Autumn is a lovely transitional time of year when the fresh colours of summer give way to all things red, orange, golden and brown. I adore how the landscape changes and how the leaves glow in the sunlight. Decorating for autumn (or Fall for those readers in the US) can give your home a warm and cosy feeling just as the nights draw in and the weather chills. It is also the time when we begin to prepare or the cold winter months ahead. Autumn makes me think of Harvest festivals, fluffy blankets, snuggling on the sofa, soups, crackling fires, candlelight and of course Halloween. Many people decorate with pumpkins, leaves and woodland creatures. In this article, we will look at simple decorating ideas you can make with your young children.
This easy child friendly leaf bunting idea makes a great display for a Harvest Festival, Autumn or Thanksgiving, experience the fun of leaf collecting and rubbing too! This is a very easy way to make a realistic looking leaf, using a real leaf as the template , a piece of paper and a crayon (or crayons). Read on to find out how to make them and check out the ideas for cute Autumn crafts using your rubbings. We’ve included a few other ideas to use Autumn leaves in decorations and crafts in the article too.
In this post I discuss the following topics:
Age Group: 2 years+
What you need:
What to do:
1. Find a nice leaf (get some spare in case it breaks)
2. Put it on any flat surface (desk/table/kitchen counter)
3. Cover it with a piece of paper (and tape it down so it does not move about)
4. Use the flat part of the crayon and colour over the paper
5. The leaf will appear on the page
Okay, so now you have a pile of leaf rubbings…what can you make with them?
Tips and Ideas:
Autumn walks in your warm boots and snuggly jumpers are a highlight of the season. Grab a few carrier bags and see what nature has that you can use to create a wonderful cosy feeling in your home. In the craft, we use real leaves your child has collected collected on one of those nature walks. You’ll need to clean and dry them for a couple of hours so don’t expect to make this autumn leaves placemat on the same day as you go collecting. The leaves you collect will be sandwiched between two pieces of clear contact paper to make this easy personalised placemat.
Age group: 18months+
What you need:
What to do:
Autumn crafts can be a lot of fun for you to complete with your child. From going on walks to collect the natural bits you need, to spending a happy crafting session together creating a unique decorative piece for you home it is sure to be something that creates memories you’ll all treasure.
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.