The beautiful colors have arrived! This is one of my favorite times of year. The food, the scents, and the amazing craft projects! We have compiled a list of 25 different activities and projects for fall that we are doing with our little one. From painting projects to sensory bins, we bet that you’ll find a few projects to do with your own children, if not all of them!
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1. Apple Stamping – What says fall more than apple projects? Stamping projects are great for toddlers as they are super simple to do. For this fun painting project, you will need:
A Fork or Two
Painting Paper ( or paper thick enough to paint on )
Paint ( Washable 🙂 )
We LOVE these painting projects! You can use almost anything to “stamp” with and we’ve done a million of them. From apples to oranges, potatoes to lemons, these types of projects are incredibly easy to put together and they make some pretty cool designs and prints. For this activity, you just cut an apple in half, insert a fork to act as a handle and let the little ones go to town!
Variation: You can cut the apple either horizontally or vertically. Both make some pretty cool patterns and designs 🙂
2. Harvest Sensory Bin – Oh sensory bins! We’re big fans of these types of opened ended activities for our daughter to explore in. Here are the items you will need to create this sensory bin for your own little ones:
Brown and Yellow Rice ( Dyed )
Plastic Gourds and Pumpkins
Yellow Glitter ( optional )
Shovels / Spoons / Measuring Cups
We created this sensory bin to go along with the latest addition to our library, ” I Love Fall “. We have this sensory bin kit available for purchase in our Etsy shop for purchase. Each of our sensory bin kits includes plenty of manipulatives and a brand new copy of a book that relates to the theme of the kit. For this one, the book ” I Love Fall ” is included! Click here to be taken to this listing.
3. Corn Shakers – I know it may seem crazy to give a loud two year old something EVEN louder to add to the mix, but she had so much fun creating these little shakers. For this project, you will need:
Yarn and/ or Raffia
To make these corn shakers, you first need to roll out your wax paper and cut out a circle that will fit over your cup. We made these circles are the large side to ensure that we had enough to work with when securing our tops. Next, add about 1 tbsp of popcorn kernels to your cup and place your wax paper over the top. Secure your paper to the cup by adding a rubber band. Then wrap your yarn and/ or raffia around your cup to add simple details.
4. Leaf Rubbing – We all remember doing these in kindergarten! They are classics and they just HAVE TO been done with the next generation. Leaf rubbing is a project that can be done across a variety of subject areas. From science observations to hands on learning activities, leaf rubbing is such a great way to connect to the world around us and observe natural formations. For this project, you will need:
Crayons ( paper covering removed )
If you never did these as a child….Simply lay a leaf on a flat surface and lay your piece of paper on top of the leaf. Press down and color over the paper, over top of where your leaf is. Over the summer, when we explored colors, we recycled some old crayons and made new heart shaped ones. These heart shaped crayons were PERFECT for this project. The shape of these crayons were perfect for LC’s little hands to grip on to!
5. Torn Paper Acorns – This is such an easy project for the little ones that need to work those little hands muscles! It’s also great practice with a glue sticks. After 3 months in a kindergarten classroom, you’d be surprised how many kids do not have any experience with a glue stick! Always using way too much, like the whole stick, and there is ALWAYS a good amount in their hair. Try this project out with your smaller kids! There is very little prep work and they will love it! To make your own torn paper acorns, you will need:
1 Piece Of Orange Construction Paper
Acorn Outline ( We drew our own, but you can find one here )
A Pair of Scissors
1 Piece of Brown Construction Paper
1 Glue Stick
First, draw an outline of an acorn on your orange piece of paper, or print an outline out using the link above in the supply list. Take your brown paper and cut it into strips. Take these strips of paper and let your little ones tear them into smaller square pieces. Now let them glue these smaller torn pieces of paper to their acorn outline!
6. Leaf Sensory Bag – One of my favorite things about this time of year is being able to see all of the beauty colors that nature creates on her own! This sensory bag project perfectly captures those colors and it can also keep your little tikes busy for a while! To create this sensory bag, you will need:
1 Gallon Sized Ziploc Bag
Clear Packaging Tape
5 to 6 Cups of Water
5 to 7 Drops of Yellow Food Dye
1 tbsp of Fake Leaves
1 tbsp of Fine Glitter ( Brown or Orange )
Large Flake Glitter ( Gold )
Add all of the items listed above to your Ziploc bag, all but the clear packaging tape 🙂 . You can either let your little ones explore with this sensory bag outside, or use the clear packaging tape to tape the bag to a glass door in your home. Either way, the beautiful fall colors of this sensory activity will be so engaging, you probably won’t hear them make a peep for a while! NOTE: Our sensory bags ALWAYS leak, no matter how much tape we use or secure our lock is. This is why we recommend to do them outside or to tape them upright to a glass door. Learn from our mistakes 😉
7. Jack O’Lantern Busy Bag – This is a busy bag that we originally created back in October for Halloween. However, some people will argue that Jack O’Lanterns are not specific to Halloween, so we’ve included them here in our Fall projects list. For this busy bag activity, you will need:
2 Pieces of Orange Felt
1 Piece of Black Felts
A Pair of Scissors
A Plastic Ziploc Bag
First, cut out two pumpkins shapes from your orange pieces of felt. Next, using your black piece of felt, cut out several eye and mouth options for your pumpkins. To keep all of these items together for future use and easy storage, we seal them away in a small Ziploc bag!
8. Corn Counting – This is a project we actually created for the month of October, but LC loves bringing out her cards and playing with this counting game. It could be because she likes to count, but I’m thinking it’s because she gets to eat some candy at the end! For this activity you will need:
Candy Corn Number Cards ( We made these ourselves! Incredibly easy to create )
A Bag of Candy Corn ( or maybe two if you enjoy these sweet treats 🙂 )
To make our number cards, we used large note cards, a black sharpie, and orange and yellow crayons. We created numbers 1 – 10 for LC to use and used contact paper to seal them in order to have them for continued use. Starting at one, we went through each card and placed that amount of candy corn on each card. It’s sounds pretty simple, but what it does is correlate a physical amount of some object with the numbers they have seen and have been learning. This is a very important skill when it comes to math and understanding addition and subtraction problems.
9. Bobbing For Apples – This is such a cute idea for a sensory activity! Since we aren’t experiencing chilly days just yet, we decided to enjoy this water activity outside in the sunshine. For this cute sensory activity, you will need:
Fake Mini Apples ( We FINALLY found our set at Michael’s Arts and Crafts )
One Large Bowl
Basket or Another Bowl
This activity is pretty simple to put together, but our daughter played with it for almost an hour straight! Just fill your large bowl up with water, add the apples, give your little ones the tongs and let them get to “bobbing “.
10. Autumn Tree – The beauty of fall comes from the changing leaves. We did this super simple painting project using a scrub brush to create a really cool effect. While it was a bit messy, the little one sure did have fun and loved the colorful tree she created! This painting projects requires:
Paint ( Red, Orange, and Yellow )
A Paper Plate
Using a large sheet of painting paper, we drew a large outline of a tree. Next, we simply added paint to our paper plate and let our daughter use the scrubber to create this colorful autumn tree.
11. Fall Sensory Tray – There are plenty of items to can throw together to make this fall themed sensory tray! You could add mini pumpkins, pine cones, and even acorns. For us, we stuck to items that we already had in our home. To make this sensory tray more inviting, remember to add colorful and shiny items! To create this sensory tray activity for your children, you will need:
And anything fall themed you can think of 🙂
We made “fall cookies” with our playdough that actually smelled like cinnamon thanks to our cinnamon sticks! We also used this sticks as rolling pins, but you could always incorporate actual playdough tools to this sensory activity.
Looking for a homemade playdough recipe? Check out our post all about homemade sensory materials ” Homemade Sensory Materials: The Best 10 Recipes For Sensory Materials “. This post features 3 different recipes for playdough, Flubber, Floam, the trick to amazing sensory bottles, and even Moon Sand !
12. Yarn Wraps – This is a great fine motor skills project idea! Our 2 year old is beginning to work with lacing items, and this project is an awesome way to start that journey. To create these beautiful wraps, you will need:
A Pair of Scissors
Trace a leaf on to your piece of cardboard and cut out this shape. If you have a big enough piece of cardboard, I’d recommend cutting out a few leaf shapes. Unwrap enough yarn from your roll and tape the end to your cardboard cutout. Now let your children begin to wrap this leaf cut out with their yarn. We purchased this amazing yarn at Walmart. It fades back and forth between colors which makes these leaf wraps even cooler !
13. Autumn Leaf Suncatchers – Suncatchers are incredibly easy to make and you can do them with almost any theme you can think of! For this activity you will need:
Yellow, Orange, and Red Tissue Paper
A Pair of Scissors
Black Construction Paper
First, take your tissue paper and cut into small squares. Now take your black construction paper, fold it in the half, and then cut out your leaf shapes like you would cut out a heart. Once you have your leaf shape cut out, keep it folded and cut a smaller version out this shape out. This will give you your black border.
Cut a rectangular portion of contact paper off from the roll, lay flat and remove the white paper. Lay down your black border towards the bottom of your contact paper. This way you can fold the top portion of contact paper over where your leafs are in order to seal them later in the project when you are done. Once your have placed your black border on to the contact paper, let your little one add the tissue paper to the center of the leaf to create their colorful leafs. Once they are done, NOW you fold over your contact paper and press to seal.
Trim the excess contact paper off from around from the leaf’s border and you’re all set. Add a small amount of tape to the back of the leafs and hang them in a window. They will be even more beautiful once the sunlight shines through!
14. Painting With Pine Cones – You can paint with just about anything! Since we’re enjoying fall, we thought it would be fun to paint with something that was keeping with that theme. It’s actually pretty hard to paint with a pine cone and NOT get messy, but we sure had fun! 🙂 We’re on a mission right now, trying to get our daughter over her obsession with keeping her hands clean. So a project like this helps to encourage her to get a little messy. For this painting project, you will need:
Painting Paper ( or paper thick enough to paint on )
A Paper Plate
There’s really nothing to setting up this project. The hardest part for some may just be finding a pine cone. If you can’t find one out in your backyard or on a walk, there actually see bags of them at Michael’s and Walmart this time of year. Just lay out your piece of painting paper, put your paint on a paper plate, dip your pine cones into the paint and stamp away! This can be a very messy painting project, so we would recommend you doing this one outside, or at least in a place where a pine cone could roll on the floor and it would be okay!
15. Turkey Tracks – Thanksgiving is something we always look forward to once the leaves start to change and the crisp fall air arrives. What says Thanksgiving more than a turkey project ?! For this project, you will need:
2 Pipe Cleaners ( For One Foot )
To make your turkey feet, hold your 2 pipe cleaner together and fold in half. Bend out three of the “toes” to form your turkey feet. Take the fourth ” toe ” and wrap in around the ” ankle ” to secure your foot and toes in place. Place your paint on a paper plate for easy clean up, dip your turkey foot into the paint and ” stomp ” away ! Side Note: Yea, red paint probably wasn’t the best choice for making our turkey tracks…. maybe she’s still on her Halloween kick?
16. Mess Free Leaf Painting – We thought we’d be nice and share this idea for a MESS FREE painting activity that your little one will love just as much as ours! Seriously, no paint on clothes, hands, feet, or faces. The clean up is a breeze and contained in a container with a lid. Try this one today! For this mess free painting project, you will need:
Once you have your coloring sheets, cut them to fit into your selected container. Add a small piece of tape to the bottom of your container and then place your paper into the container. This way, the picture stays in place while it’s being “painted”. Add a handful of marbles and a few globs paint, secure the top on to your container and give to your child to shake it up!
The marbles will create a pretty cool textures and print on the picture and you’re left… with NO MESS 🙂 You’re welcome !
17. Turkey Bar – This is a cute and simple activity that allows for your little ones to get creative. Just present them with this tray and let them create their very own turkeys. For this activity, you will need:
Using your construction paper, cut out several large circles for the turkey bodies in various colors, as well as lots of feathers and beaks. Add these pieces, along with your googly eyes and glue sticks, to a tray and present to your children. This activity is very easy to put together and you can add other elements as well. You could use real feathers, pipe cleaners, or even large jewels to make each turkey unique !
Let your little ones help you decorate and use these cute little turkeys as place holders at the Thanksgiving table! This lets your children get involved and be creative, but it also takes one more thing off your plate for that crazy day 🙂
18. Salt Dough Leaves – This was our first time making salt dough, but it was actually easier than we thought. However, I had no idea our creations with this dough would take so long in the oven. Keep that in mind when doing this project! It took some work, but LC was so proud of her creations and couldn’t wait to paint them. To create your own salt dough leaves, you will need:
2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1 Cup of Warm Water
1 Cup of Salt
Glitter ( Fall Colors )
You will first need to make your salt dough. To do that, simply combine your warm water and salt in a large bowl and stir until the salt has dissolved. Preheat your oven to 250*F.
Gradually add in your flour. We found that after we added in our 2 cups, we still needed to knead it a bit on a floured counter top. We took small pieces of our dough and created leaf shapes. We placed these leaves on a cookie tray and baked them for about an hour and a half. The time to bake is really based on how thick your creations on. For this thicker items, you’ll want to leave them in the oven longer, but just remember to keep an eye on them.
After they were FINALLY done baking, we let them cool for about 2 hours. We wanted to make sure that they were completely cool before we started to touch and paint them.
After we painted our leaves, we sprinkled on some glitter as a final touch!
19. Candy Corn Letters – We couldn’t do a list of activities and projects without including some sort of educational options! This Candy Corn Letters project is easy to put together and is quite tasty as well. For this activity, you will need:
Letter Sheets ( Make your own, or print off these )
Help your little ones get their little fingers moving and line each letter using the candy corn. Just try to not eat too much, those Ws take up a good amount of candy 🙂
20. Fall Wreath– Whether it’s decorating for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or even Christmas, we all love decorating our homes this time of year. Create these cute wreaths with your little ones to bring in those beautiful, warm fall colors into your home! For this cute painting project, you will need:
Painting Paper ( or paper thick enough to paint on )
Paint ( Orange, Yellow, and Red )
Using your Sharpie, draw a circle on your painting paper and add a cute little bow if you’d like. Next, add your paint to your paper plate for easy clean up and let your kids use the scrubber to create their colorful fall wreaths.
21. Apple and Cinnamon Sensory Bin: Warm Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal screams Fall to me. I’m not big on pumpkin flavored …. anything, really. This sensory bin activity is easy to put together, fun to play with, and above all, SMELLS DELICIOUS! To create this bin for your little ones, you will need:
Fake Apples ( We found our set at Michael’s Arts and Crafts )
Look at the cute cinnamon mustache face!
22. Pumpkin Name Puzzle– Here is another fun, but educational project for you and your children to create and use together. For this fun puzzle activity, you will need:
Jumbo Popsicle Sticks
1 Piece of Construction Paper
Orange, Green, and Brown Crayons or Markers
A Black Sharpie
First, write each letter of your desired name on the popsicle sticks. Line these sticks up and trace them on to your piece of construction paper and then write the letters on these traced popsicle sticks as well. Color your popsicle sticks and the matching traced set orange.
Next, use your brown and green crayons or markers to add and color your stem and leaves to the top of your “pumpkin”. Your puzzle is all ready for your little one to explore and learn with!
23. Shape Turkeys: Here’s a fun project to do with your little ones that also allows you to focus on shapes, grouping items, and fine motor skills! >> For this project, you will need:
Glue Sticks ( Optional )
This project touches on so many concepts and skills! Putting all the pieces in place, including the googly eyes, is a great activity for focusing on refining fine motor skills. While grouping all of the like shapes together is a great activity for developing math skills. And finally, this project is wonderful for little ones that are learning their shapes and that these shapes come in various sizes. You could even turn it into a game by laying all of the shapes pieces out and asking them to find all of the squares, or triangles, for example.
You can have your little ones glue their shape turkeys together, or just assemble them without glue so that you can repeat this project over and over again.
24. Torn Paper Candy Corn: Torn paper projects are a fantastically easy way to focus on refining fine motor skills and little kids love them! Our little one has become a master with a glue thanks to us doing this projects together all the time. For this adorable candy corn project, you will need:
Black, White, Orange, and Yellow Construction Paper
A Pair of Scissors
Use your white crayon to make a large candy corn outline on your piece of black construction paper. Cut your orange, yellow, and white construction paper into strips and then have your little ones tear these strips into small squares. Now, take these pieces of torn paper and hand them over to your children along with a glue stick. 🙂
Our daughter is a bit particular about sorting colors, so her candy corn actually looks like a piece of candy corn. When we tried to get her to put a different color in with the others, she just wasn’t having it! Oh well.
25. Harvest Scarecrow: We did this activity for Halloween and since we had so much fun creating out scarecrow, we brought all the supplies out again to make some new guys for fall! For this scarecrow project, you will need:
White, Red, and Brown Construction Paper
Scarecrow Outline ( We drew our own, but here’s an outline for you to print off )
A Pair of Scissors
First, either print off the scarecrow from the link provided above, or create your own on a piece of construction paper. Next, using a piece of red construction paper, tear up little pieces for your little ones to use in creating their scarecrow’s shirt. Create his hat using brown construction paper and cut out a few circles for his buttons to add at the end. This project is simple to put together and your little ones will have fun dressing their new friend!
That concludes our Fall projects and activities list! We hope that you have found at least one activity to do with your family, or at the very least, inspired you to get into the Fall spirit. We’d love to hear from you and hear about your experiences with our project ideas. Enjoy!
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