The Autumn leaves have started falling, shiny conkers peek out from their spikey shells. You walk home with pockets stuffed full with Autumn treasures. Autumn and Halloween are my inspiration for lots of easy crafts for kids, so I thought I’d share some with you.
8 Easy Crafts for Kids – Autumn and Halloween
Autumn Leaf Fox
The first of my easy crafts for kids is this Autumn leaf mask. I created it for Roald Dahl Day. It’s so cheap and easy to make. It’s a great opportunity to get outside with the kids too.
- Head off to the woods in search of leaves. It’s best to collect a mixture of sizes.
- Cut a fox face shape from some thin card.
- Use PVA glue to stick your leaves in place.
- Coat the finished mask with PVA glue mixed with some water.
- Let it dry.
- Add some elastic to wear it around your head, or secure a lolly stick to it if you just want to hold it in front of your face.
Autumn Monster leaves
These monster leaves are such a quick and easy craft for kids to make. My kids made these ones. Aren’t their monsters cute?!
- Collect some Autumn leaves.
- Paint the leaves.
- Let them dry.
- Add some googly eyes.
Does your child love fairies? These Autumn fairies are great for encouraging imagination. Your child could use them to create a story, for some small world play. You could add to the sensory experience by adding some spices to the playdough recipe. Cinammon, Ginger, Cloves, or Nutmeg would work well.
Woodland Animals Playdough
Or you could create some woodland animals. Then you could read some stories about woodland animals, or learn about them.
This quick and easy Halloween craft for kids uses half an apple as a stamp to print with.
- Cut an apple in half – make sure it’s cut straight otherwise it won’t print.
- Cut shapes from a sponge that your child can use to print eyes and a mouth.
- Pour some orange paint onto one plate and black paint onto another.
- Let your child dip the apple half and the sponge pieces into the paint and print with them.
Spider toilet roll print
Another simple Halloween craft for kids is spider printing using a toilet roll.
- Cut 10 slits up the side of the toilet roll stopping a third of the way up.
- Make sure all your slits stop in the same place so that it can sit flat to print.
- Bend the cut slits outwards, so that you have 10 spiders legs.
- Cut out the top and bottom legs, so that you’re left with 4 legs either side.
- Put some black paint on a plate.
- Let your child dip the toilet roll spider into the paint and print with it.
- Add some googly eyes to your spider prints.
Spider web weaving
Weaving these Halloween spider webs is great for fine motor skills development.
- Use a hot glue gun to stick 3 lolly sticks together in a star shape.
- Tie some wool to one of the sticks.
- Your child then weaves the wool between the lolly sticks to make a web.
Frozen Halloween Hands
For a simple Halloween sensory activity for kids, make some of these Halloween hands.
- Fill disposable gloves with water, food colouring, googly eyes and Halloween sprinkles.
- Tie the gloves.
- Freeze them.
- Once frozen, cut the knot off the glove and peel it off.
- Provide your child with some warm water, salt and things to dig the Halloween treasures out with.
I hope you like my Autumn and Halloween inspired easy crafts for kids. If you try any I’d love to see your photos. Don’t forget to tag @Squidgydoodle on Instagram and Facebook, or @SquidgydoodleHQ on Twitter.
What’s your favourite Autumn or Halloween craft or sensory activity?