Fall is the ideal season for warm family get-togethers with biscuits and hot cocoa, as well as, of course, interesting and insightful activities. Engaging with natural materials that you can bring from the park has a profoundly favorable effect on a child’s growth and psycho-emotional condition. Kids’ hands touching various seasonal fruits and other objects cause a range of tactile sensations that assist the child to unwind, letting go of feelings, and releasing positive energy. And the resultant artwork, figure, postcard, etc. not only makes them feel better, but also fosters imagination, boosts self-confidence, and brings back beautiful memories of spending time with parents in the fall.
For kids between the ages of two and four, the crafts should not be too complicated to make. Due to the fact that the hands’ motility is still not fully developed during this time, extraordinary creations shouldn’t be expected of the baby. You may create simple designs from leaves, as well as animal and fairytale figures from plasticine and other natural materials like acorns, chestnuts, etc. Additionally, don’t anticipate the baby to understand what to do with these items. The child requires assistance realizing a specific notion at this stage because their creative powers are still developing.
You will need a sheet of thick paper, dry yellowed leaves, PVA glue, a felt-tip pen, paints, or pastels. The next step is to sketch trees with a lot of branches. The child can try to cope on their own or you can assist, but you don’t need help with the next task. The child will need to thoroughly crumble the dried leaves and enjoy how cool they rustle in their palms. Then the magic begins. Carefully apply a thick layer of glue to the sheet where leaves are sketched on the trees before pouring our prepared leaves on top. All that is left after the glue dries is to shake off the excess.
Here is another fantastic method to decorate the house, entertain the baby, and develop fine motor skills. Take a walk and gather the most gorgeous leaves. And at home, show the infant how to make two holes in each leaf. The garland is ready; all that is needed is to gently thread the rope through the holes and decide where it will be hung.
You can also glue autumn leaves or colored paper leaves on a round cardboard base to make a warm wreath for the door.
A vibrant fall butterfly or an entire group of them in various sizes can be adhered with glue and leaves by being placed on a wide piece of drawing paper.
Another great idea for creating fall crafts is using materials as simple and very convenient for creativity as ordinary spruce or pine cones, chestnuts, and acorns.
Pine Cone Characters
You can easily create a large collection of adorable small animals if you combine common pine cones with colorful buttons or pieces of felt.
Chickens. You’ll need cones, a bit of gouache paint, a brush, a piece of fabric, a foam ball or a huge bead, glue, plastic eyes, and scissors for them. Paint the ball and cone both yellow, then use glue to assemble them. Add a pair of feet from fabric to the bottom of the cone and a felt beak and eyes to the head. You might glue some faux feathers to the sides of the chicken if you have any.
Hedgehog. There are two ways to create a hedgehog out of a cone. In the first scenario, you’ll need a pine cone, plastic eyes, a small black pompom, a piece of light brown or beige felt, and glue. Create a hedgehog’s head detail from felt, position it correctly, and adhere it to the cone with glue. For the second option, you’ll need a lot of pine cones, a tiny plastic bottle with a black cap, glue, hemp rope, big ready-made eyes, or scraps of black and white felt. The bottle’s neck should be wrapped with jute rope, and the cones should be attached all around the bottle. Create the head, then cut off the eyes from felt.
From chestnuts to toys
Making a snake out of a few chestnuts strung together on a thread with eyes and a smile drawn on top is the easiest toy to make for young children.
With the help of homemade toys created from acorns and chestnuts, you can stage a real play or a fairy tale with your child; this will be informative as well as entertaining.
Using playdough and chestnuts, you may create funny snails and display them on an autumnal maple leaf.
It will be entertaining and educational for your kid to play with the colorful fairy-tale creatures that you have created together by drawing funny faces with various emotions on chestnuts.
Fall itself instructs us on how to create cheerful handcrafted artwork with your child for their first daycare exhibitions. Additionally, it offers all the necessary tools; all we need to do is put in a little effort, use our imagination, and add a few drops of glue to create a small fall wonder. Spending time with your child while making crafts is undoubtedly the most significant benefit, as is the development of their creativity.