Autumn Arts & Crafts

Autumn in Reading is a beautiful thing, a great time to inspire the little ones to get creative and when the temperature drops a chance to entertain them indoors.

Head down to the park (check out our Reading favourites here) to collect your fallen arts and crafts supplies today!

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Leaves 

The stunning transformation of green, to red, yellow and brown is already beginning. Now is a perfect time to pop out and collect some fallen leaves. These brightly coloured gems can be used to do:

Leaf painting – Collect a varied selection of size and shape, paint and stamp on paper. If your little Monet is of the fidgety variety, a single leaf collection from the garden can always be done after each print during the activity to keep them moving.

Leaf rubbing – If paint is a bit too messy for your liking, try leaf rubbings. Lay a leaf from your stash under a sheet of paper, vein side up. Pressing firmly down, get the kids to rub a wax crayon across the page, leaving a beautiful imprint. Repeat with as many different shapes and sizes as will keep them entertained!

Leaf crowns – A strip of card and a glue stick is all you need to pack to do this activity whilst out and about. Crowns are one of Eldest’s favourite arts and crafts and a simple crowd pleaser when you’ve a few kids to entertain. Try making crowns with big majestic red, yellow and orange leaves, or collect a whole variety of fallen nature goodies to adorn your card and be sure to wear your crowns with pride.

Leaf garland – String along a beautiful row of leaf bunting with this idea from Adventures at Home.

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Chestnuts

The obvious choice for when these lovelies start falling is a classic game of conkers but there is plenty of room for creativity and arts too.

Conker people – A pair of googly eyes or use a pencil to add a little dab of paint (wide end for white and the point for the black pupils) and you can create a whole village of smiling conker folk. Be sure to do any glueing on the ‘face’ of the conker, the non shiny part for a good stick.

Conker Spiders – These spiders are nothing to be scared of and a great idea from the brilliant Red Ted Art.

Conker Garlands – Thread up a few and use a pretty ribbon or lace to finish in to a pretty hanging garland to pop in cupboards and wardrobes to keep critters and spiders at bay.

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Pinecones

If your family is anything like ours, during the autumnal months I often find the changing bag full of pinecones that Eldest just couldn’t pass the chance to collect up, however there are lots of ideas around to use them up.

Paint and glitter – These fun little nature treasures are brilliant for painting. Choose some autumnal colours or stockpile them up over these months and use silver, gold and red paints with lots of glitter to create some beautiful Christmas decorations for the tree.

Bird feeders – Ok, so technically not an art activity but still a lovely one for the kids to join in on. All you need is to attach your pinecone (larger more open pinecones are best suited for this) to a little twine or string to hang it from. Then fill the pinecone gaps and cover the edges with smooth peanut butter and roll in birdseed to create a simple but sweet bird feeder.

Autumn wreath – Adorning the doors with wreaths need not be saved just for the festive season. If your pinecone collection is a bumper one then why not use up that stock to create a gorgeous autumn wreath. A quick search on google gives plenty of various craft websites and how to’s but we love this one from the crafting superwoman Martha Stewart.

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Forest Treasures

Along with the above ideas you could use all sorts of forest and wood findings with these fun Autumn activities:

A nature trail bingo game – Heaps of these printable fun sheets can be found online, print one off (and laminate if you’re feeling super organised) before heading out and enjoy spotting and finding as many as you can with the kids.

Build a bug hotel – Again not technically an arts and crafts but still a great project to get stuck in to with the kids. BBC Wildlife gives a great how to here with many of the supplies needed like dry leaves, dry bark and dead wood being in abundance in our woodlands.

Pebble painting – The variety to pebble painting is endless. You can create pebble monsters, bugs or people with a little acrylic paint, permanent markers and PVA glue for a varnished finish. Our favourite is the idea of using painted pebbles for a noughts and crosses garden game. Keep it simple by painting 0 and X on the pebbles or get adventurous and paint ladybugs vs bumble bees!