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Thanksgiving Activity for Toddlers – Easy Feather Poke

Thanksgiving Activity for Toddlers – Easy Feather Poke

Thanksgiving Activity for Toddlers – Easy Feather Poke

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This Thanksgiving activity for toddlers is all about giving the turkey its feathers back! It’s an easy set-up to work on fine motor skills, especially hand-eye coordination!

Transform a Cardboard Box into a Turkey!

It takes all of a few minutes to set up and it certainly doesn’t have to look fancy, but a cardboard box is all you need to create your very own turkey for play!

Toddlers and young preschoolers will be able to visualize the task after seeing those googly eyes and feel inspired to give that turkey it’s feathers back! 

If this is a big hit, like it was for us, you’ll have to try our Poke the Animals activities, free printable included, where kids can use dull toothpicks or cotton swabs to give prickly animals their “spikes” back!

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Watch This Thanksgiving Toddler Activity in Action!

In this video you’ll see my son, 3 years old at the time, enjoy placing feathers into the cardboard turkey one at a time. The concentration on his face says everything – with his mouth open, tongue slightly out – he is in the zone!

Coordinating his eyes and hands to poke the feathers in the tiny holes is tricky, but he is so proud when he is able to complete the game! 

Watch This Thanksgiving Toddler Activity in Action!

In this video you’ll see my son, 3 years old at the time, enjoy placing feathers into the cardboard turkey one at a time. The concentration on his face says everything – with his mouth open, tongue slightly out – he is in the zone!

Coordinating his eyes and hands to poke the feathers in the tiny holes is tricky, but he is so proud when he is able to complete the game! 

hatch the egg hand eye coordination printable activity worksheet for toddlers

This Thanksgiving Activity for Toddlers Can Be Fun for Babies Too! 

Want to save even more time? Skip the cardboard box and grab a colander or pasta strainer instead! Toddlers and preschoolers can poke the feathers into the small holes, and babies can even enjoy this too! Instead of poking the feathers, they will be able to pull them out!

It’s always fun for young kids to do any activity with feathers because they’re full of a wide variety of textures. On one end, they’re soft, and on the other end, they’re pointy! 

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Grab a small cardboard box and poke some holes in it!

Step 2

Cut out a circle for the face of the turkey, add on the eyes plus a triangular nose and red wattle out of felt or colored paper!  

Step 3

Provide feathers and task the kiddos with giving the turkey its feathers back! 

Step 1

Grab a small cardboard box and poke some holes in it!

Step 2

Cut out a circle for the face of the turkey, add on the eyes plus a triangular nose and red wattle out of felt or colored paper!  

Step 3

Provide feathers and task the kiddos with giving the turkey its feathers back!  

More Thanksgiving Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

This Thanksgiving activity for toddles is all about fine motor skills, but let’s have more fun with Turkey Day!

We have a bundle of Thanksgiving worksheets that are great for toddlers and preschoolers to learn a dozen early childhood education skills. From scissor skills, to tracing, alphabet and number recognition, matching, writing, and phonics – this is just a few areas covered with a Thanksgiving Twist!

For even more Thanksgiving activities, visit our comprehensive list!

thanksgiving printable activities worksheets
thanksgiving printable activities worksheets

More Thanksgiving Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

This Thanksgiving activity for toddles is all about fine motor skills, but let’s have more fun with Turkey Day!

We have a bundle of Thanksgiving worksheets that are great for toddlers and preschoolers to learn a dozen early childhood education skills. From scissor skills, to tracing, alphabet and number recognition, matching, writing, and phonics – this is just a few areas covered with a Thanksgiving Twist!

For even more Thanksgiving activities, visit our comprehensive list!

Store-Bought Fine Motor Activities For Toddlers

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that strengthen toddler fine motor skills!

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Buckle and Threading Pillow

This colorful pillow is fantastic for fine motor skills with 12 buckles to explore as well as a threading exercise!

wooden sensory bin tools that are great for fine motor skills through play

Sensory Bin Tools

This set comes with 7 items including bowls, scoops, and a tong. A great set for learning practical life skills through sensory play.

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Color Sorting Rainbow

Strengthen motor skills while using tongs to color sort this beautifully crafted rainbow! Caution: small parts!

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Hedgehog Game

Give the hedgehog it’s spikes with this fun game. Such a fun and colorful way to strengthen fine motor skills!

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Autumn Activity for Preschool – Easy Pine Cone Pom Pom

Autumn Activity for Preschool – Easy Pine Cone Pom Pom

Autumn Activity for Preschool – Easy Pine Cone Pom Pom

autumn activity preschool pine cone fine motor skills

This autumn activity for preschool using pine cones and pom poms is a great way to use ordinary objects for strengthening fine motor skills! 

Fine Motor Skills Shine with This Autumn Activity for Preschool

Hiding pom poms inside pine cones and then tasking your preschooler to pick them out, may look easy, but it can be tricky for little hands!

Their hands and fingers will have to coordinate with their eyes to remove each, one at a time. Their pincer grasp will be strengthened as they are removed too!

Plus, tasking them to remove all of the pom poms and then providing other sensory materials like water and some cups is a fun way to turn this fine motor skills activity into a sensory play activity! 

All activities should be supervised by an adult. Pom Poms can be choking hazards. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

 

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Watch This Autumn Activity for Preschool

Watch this fine motor skills activity in action! 

You’ll see how my daughter, at 2 years old, enjoyed picking the pom poms out of the pine cone and then asked for water to turn this set up also into a sensory play activity.

I quickly added faux leaves (use real fall leaves if you have them!) and other fall-themed items along with sensory tools. She enjoyed picking all the pom poms and mixing everything up into a watery soup!

 

Watch This Autumn Activity for Preschool

Watch this fine motor skills activity in action! 

You’ll see how my daughter, at 2 years old, enjoyed picking the pom poms out of the pine cone and then asked for water to turn this set up also into a sensory play activity.

I quickly added faux leaves (use real fall leaves if you have them!) and other fall-themed items along with sensory tools. She enjoyed picking all the pom poms and mixing everything up into a watery soup!

thanksgiving printable activities worksheets

More Autumn Activities for Preschool

We love all things Fall and have created a bunch of different printable activities that can extend the playful learning!

First off, don’t miss our Thanksgiving bundle of activities – it includes 16 unique activities that will help your kiddo strengthen scissor skills, alphabet recognition, number recognition, fine motor skills, writing, coloring, phonics, matching, and so much more.

We also have a fun Fall Leaf Craft that is a really great way for kids to visualize a leaf transforming from a green leaf into a colorful Autumn leaf!

Plus, our free printables Pin the Peg on the Turkey and Trace the Pumpkins worksheet will continue to strengthen kid’s fine motor skills!

 

Materials

  • Acorns
  • Water
  • Tongs, Spoon, or other tools

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Place pom poms into pine cones. The further you place them inside, the harder it will be for your kiddo to pick out!

Step 2

Provide the pom pom-stuffed pine cones to your kiddo along with other sensory materials to extend the play!

Step 1

Place pom poms into pine cones. The further you place them inside, the harder it will be for your kiddo to pick out!

Step 2

Provide the pom pom-stuffed pine cones to your kiddo along with other sensory materials to extend the play!

Benefits of This Autumn Activity for Toddlers

For all the reasons listed above, the main benefit of this activity is strengthening fine motor skills! Fine motor skills are incredibly important and an essential part of early childhood development.

Additionally, this activity provides a fun sensory experience if you also include water and other textures to explore.

Providing objects that are Autumn-themed can spark conversations all about Fall, leaves, acorns, and the cooler weather which is great for language development!

autumn activity preschool pine cone fine motor skills

For more fun fine motor skills activities, check out our comprehensive list!

autumn activity preschool pine cone fine motor skills

Benefits of This Autumn Activity for Toddlers

For all the reasons listed above, the main benefit of this activity is strengthening fine motor skills! Fine motor skills are incredibly important and an essential part of early childhood development.

Additionally, this activity provides a fun sensory experience if you also include water and other textures to explore.

Providing objects that are Autumn-themed can spark conversations all about Fall, leaves, acorns, and the cooler weather which is great for language development!

For more fun fine motor skills activities, check out our comprehensive list!

More Ways to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills

Here are some top picks for games and tools that will strengthen motor skills!

fine motor skills buckles and strings toy

Buckle and Threading Pillow

This colorful pillow is fantastic for fine motor skills with 12 buckles to explore as well as a threading exercise!

wooden sensory bin tools that are great for fine motor skills through play

Sensory Bin Tools

This set comes with 7 items including bowls, scoops, and a tong. A great set for learning practical life skills through sensory play.

color recognition sorting rainbow fine motor skills

Color Sorting Rainbow

Strengthen motor skills while using tongs to color sort this beautifully crafted rainbow! Caution: small parts!

fine motor skills alphabet recognition maze

Alphabet Maze

This magnetic maze activity is a fun way to strengthen fine motor skills while also building upon letter recognition skills!

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Pumpkin Activities – Being Creative with a Real Pumpkin

Pumpkin Activities – Being Creative with a Real Pumpkin

Pumpkin Activities – Being Creative with a Real Pumpkin

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These pumpkin activities are a fun way for kids to crack open a pumpkin and create some fun festive decor while learning about plants!

Using a pumpkin as the pot, you can use it to contain a bouquet of cut flowers, or be the home to flowers still growing in dirt, and our absolute favorite, growing pumpkin seeds inside the pumpkin itself! Keep on reading to find out how to make each!

Pumpkin Activities Double As Fall Decor

From planting seeds, to replanting flowers, and assembling cut flowers, so much can be learned about gardening and pumpkins while making Fall decor in the process! We love using these as centerpieces on our Thanksgiving table, and on our front porch during Halloween!  

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Watch the Video to See How to Make 3 Pumpkin Activities!

In this video, you’ll see how easy it is to make festive floral arrangements inside the pumpkin itself!

Plus, you’ll see how fun it is to plant the pumpkin’s seeds right back inside the pumpkin! It takes less than 7 days to see the pumpkin sprouts arise from the dirt.

This is a great opportunity to talk about living plants, cut plants, and planting seeds!

Watch the Video to See How to Make 3 Pumpkin Activities!

In this video, you’ll see how easy it is to make festive floral arrangements inside the pumpkin itself!

Plus, you’ll see how fun it is to plant the pumpkin’s seeds right back inside the pumpkin! It takes less than 7 days to see the pumpkin sprouts arise from the dirt.

This is a great opportunity to talk about living plants, cut plants, and planting seeds!

pumpkin activities growing pumpkin seeds in a pumpkin making a pumpkin flower pot growing plants in a pumpkin

How to Make a “Hairy Pumpkin” and Other Pumpkin Activities

The supplies are simple and super adaptable! Grown ups should do the cutting of the top of the pumpkins, but kiddos can lead the rest!

Each activity has it’s own process, but the results for each are stunning and the perfect Fall decor!

For the “Hairy Pumpkin,” not only is it fun to plant the seeds and see sprouts grow within a week, but you could also extend the activity by treating it like a chia pet and giving the pumpkin a haircut! Alternatively, if your weather permits it, you can plant the pumpkin and perhaps grow your own pumpkin patch for next year! 

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

To Make the “Hairy Pumpkin”

Adult to cut the top of the pumpkin and pierce the bottom a few times for drainage. Then, have your kiddos: remove the seeds, add dirt into the pumpkin shell, sprinkle seeds on top, and cover seeds with dirt. Give water and sunlight, and within a week, you should see sprouts!

For a Halloween look, use a black permanent marker to create eyes, a nose, and a mouth for a pumpkin face!

Keep in mind that the pumpkins will start to decompose (the warmer the climate, the quicker). We had to keep ours inside with air-conditioned temperature. When we tried this outside, the pumpkins rotted very quickly, and birds ate the seeds!

To Use the Pumpkin as Pot for Plants

Adult to cut the top of the pumpkin and pierce the bottom a few times for drainage. Then, have your kiddos: remove the seeds and add a potted plant. You can use flowers or herbs for example! Add extra dirt if necessary and water regularly. We keep these inside as table centerpieces and bring them outside during the days leading up to Halloween!

To Use the Pumpkin as a Vase

Adult to cut the top of the pumpkin. Then, have your kiddos remove the seeds, add a tin can inside the pumpkin, fill with water, and add the cut flowers into the can! This beautiful arrangement also makes for a great centerpiece!

To Make the “Hairy Pumpkin”

Adult to cut the top of the pumpkin and pierce the bottom a few times for drainage. Then, have your kiddos: remove the seeds, add dirt into the pumpkin shell, sprinkle seeds on top, and cover seeds with dirt. Give water and sunlight, and within a week, you should see sprouts!

For a Halloween look, use a black permanent marker to create eyes, a nose, and a mouth for a pumpkin face!

Keep in mind that the pumpkins will start to decompose (the warmer the climate, the quicker). We had to keep ours inside with air-conditioned temperature. When we tried this outside, the pumpkins rotted very quickly, and birds ate the seeds!

To Use the Pumpkin as Pot for Plants

Adult to cut the top of the pumpkin and pierce the bottom a few times for drainage. Then, have your kiddos: remove the seeds and add a potted plant. You can use flowers or herbs for example! Add extra dirt if necessary and water regularly. We keep these inside as table centerpieces and bring them outside during the days leading up to Halloween!

To Use the Pumpkin as a Vase

Adult to cut the top of the pumpkin. Then, have your kiddos remove the seeds, add a tin can inside the pumpkin, fill with water, and add the cut flowers into the can! This beautiful arrangement also makes for a great centerpiece!

 

 

Don’t Miss Our Halloween Printable Activities!

This printable bundle of Halloween-themed activities is full of Halloween activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn early childhood education skills!

It has 2 dozen unique activities that will be sure to keep the kids busy and learning the whole month of October!

Activities include shape recognition, matching, phonics, letter recognition, counting, number recognition, coloring, writing practice, scissor skills, emotions, measurements, and patterns to name a few!

halloween worksheets printable early childhood education skills
halloween worksheets printable early childhood education skills

Don’t Miss Our Halloween Printable Activities!

This printable bundle of Halloween-themed activities is full of Halloween activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartens to learn early childhood education skills!

It has 2 dozen unique activities that will be sure to keep the kids busy and learning the whole month of October!

Activities include shape recognition, matching, phonics, letter recognition, counting, number recognition, coloring, writing practice, scissor skills, emotions, measurements, and patterns to name a few!

More Ways to Explore Gardening with Kids

Here are my top picks for gifts for a little one who has a green thumb!

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Plant Growth Kit

This kit provides the perfect view of the plant life cycle. It comes with this self-standing planter that can be placed on a tabletop or window sill.

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Kid’s Workbench

This 2-in-1, child-sized potting bench has a flat work surface for seed starting, potting up plants and maintaining potted plants.

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Veggie Garden Kit

This egg carton garden includs 6 packages of heirloom seeds, starter soil, wooden stakes, instructions, a journal, and the egg carton planter!

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Wooden Gardening Pretend Play Toy

This adorable set is a great way to spark a young gardener’s imagination. It comes with 3 seed packets, 3 flower pots with a sunflower, carrot and tomato plant!

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Wreath Craft – Genius Re-Use of Old, Colorful Magazines

Wreath Craft – Genius Re-Use of Old, Colorful Magazines

Wreath Craft – Genius Way to Recycle and Re-Use Old, Colorful Magazines

making a wreath craft

This wreath craft is a fun way for kids to create festive door decor using simple supplies – just cardboard, glue, and old magazines! Whether you want to add some kid-made wreaths to the front door during holiday season or not, this is an awesome way to create one!

Why a Magazine-Made Wreath Craft is Awesome!

First and foremost, recycling is a great way to show the kids how fun repurposing can be! Kids will learn how to think outside the box and tap into their creativity even with the simplest household items.

Plus, kids will have fun looking through old magazines and picking out colors that they want to use to make their very own wreath. You could make one in all the colors of the rainbow (like my son did!), make it in Autumn colors for Thanksgiving-time, or green and red, or blue and white for a festive holiday look!

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Wreath Craft Collides with Scissor Skill Strengthening

Using scissors to make the cuttings is fantastic for fine motor skills!

This is a great opportunity for them to learn how to hold the scissors correctly and really work on cutting out the colors that they want on their wreath.

For young kids, the beauty of pasting the wreath craft pieces into a collage like this means that the cuttings and angles don’t need to be perfect and it will still look really awesome! 

If you are looking for more ways to encourage scissor skills try our free printable haircut worksheet!

Wreath Craft Collides with Scissor Skill Strengthening

Using scissors to make the cuttings is fantastic for fine motor skills!

This is a great opportunity for them to learn how to hold the scissors correctly and really work on cutting out the colors that they want on their wreath.

For young kids, the beauty of pasting the wreath craft pieces into a collage like this means that the cuttings and angles don’t need to be perfect and it will still look really awesome! 

If you are looking for more ways to encourage scissor skills try our free printable haircut worksheet!

wreath craft cutting skills
wreath craft tray of colors

How to Set Up A Recycled Magazine Wreath Craft

It couldn’t be more simple! Just grab a bunch of magazines that haven’t been opened in ages and that you don’t mind parting with. Then, task the kiddos with finding and sorting all the different colors! They can even sort them into a sectioned tray like we did! 

When preparing the backbone of the wreath, we used some old cardboard. Depending on the age of your kid, it can be tricky to cut a circle shape out with a hole in the middle, so an adult may have to do this part.

For more arts and crafts supply suggestions, visit our comprehensive list

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Grab some old magazines that you don’t mind having the kids cut up!

Step 2

Make a color plan – do you want all the colors of the rainbow, or something festive, or just pick and choose freely?

Step 3

Task the kiddos with cutting out the colors of their choice and then sorting them in a tray if you’d like.

Step 4

While the kiddos are cutting and sorting, a grown up can use a sharp craft knife to cut a piece of cardboard with a hole in the center to be the backbone of the wreath craft.

Step 5

Use glue to stick on the recycled pieces of magazine paper!

Step 6

Once dry, display the final product up on the door!

Step 1

Grab some old magazines that you don’t mind having the kids cut up!

Step 2

Make a color plan – do you want all the colors of the rainbow, or something festive, or just pick and choose freely?

Step 3

Task the kiddos with cutting out the colors of their choice and then sorting them in a tray if you’d like.

Step 4

While the kiddos are cutting and sorting, a grown up can use a sharp craft knife to cut a piece of cardboard with a hole in the center to be the backbone of the wreath craft.

Step 5

Use glue to stick on the recycled pieces of magazine paper!

Step 6

Once dry, display the final product up on the door!

Beyond Making a Wreath Craft

Making a wreath craft my look simple, but we love how it taught the kids so many different things. Not only does it work on their scissor cutting skills, but it is a wonderful way to learn and sort colors, and simply be creative! 

Fine motor skills will also be worked on when they pick up and stick the cut-out pieces of paper. See if they can make a fun pattern or design, or let them explain to you the process as they’re working through it – a great way to build language and vocabulary!

Last but not least, talk to them about what other items in the house can be used to create something new. 

making a wreath craft

This is a great way to have them thinking outside the box and, in the end, find ways to cut down on waste and reuse, recycle, and repurpose!

making a wreath craft

Beyond Making a Wreath Craft

What we really loved about this craft is that it taught the kids so many different things. Not only does it work on their scissor cutting skills, but it is a wonderful way to learn and sort colors, and simply be creative! 

Fine motor skills will also be worked on when they pick up and stick the cut-out pieces of paper. See if they can make a fun pattern or design, or let them explain to you the process as they’re working through it – a great way to build language and vocabulary!

Last but not least, talk to them about what other items in the house can be used to create something new. This is a great way to have them thinking outside the box and, in the end, find ways to cut down on waste and reuse, recycle, and repurpose!

More Ways to Explore Artistic Mediums

Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

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Water Marbling Kit

Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

arts and crafts kit spin and spiral art

Spin and Spiral Art

This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

arts and crafts kit sand art

Sand Art Kit

This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

arts and crafts kit string art

String Art Kit

This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

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Fall Leaf Craft – From Green to Beautiful Autumn Colors

Fall Leaf Craft – From Green to Beautiful Autumn Colors

Fall Leaf Craft – From Green to Beautiful Autumn Colors

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This Fall leaf craft is such a fun way to discover the beautiful colors of Autumn! Transform a green leaf into a Fall leaf scratch off style! Keep reading to find out how we did it and to get our free Fall leaf printable!

A Fall Leaf Craft That Magically Transforms

If making a Fall leaf craft wasn’t fun enough, this activity is all about showing the magical transformation of a green leaf as it changes it’s colors to the vibrant red, orange, and yellows of the Autumn season! 

Kids love to pick and scratch on various things, so this is what makes this fun reveal activity a huge hit. It really does end up being like magic once they scratch away that top green acrylic coating! 

Plus, all that scratching is great for fine motor skills!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

Skills: 

Ages: 3 Years +

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Watch This Fall Leaf Craft How-To Video

What I love about this fun Fall leaf craft is that it’s something the kids can be part of from start to finish. From coloring the deeply reach Fall colors, to painting over it in green paint, only to scratch away and reveal the colors underneath again!

And once they’re done, they can then have the leaves hang up as decoration all around the house! It’s a fun and simple way to showcase their art so that everyone can enjoy seeing it!

Watch This Fall Leaf Craft How-To Video

What I love about this fun Fall leaf craft is that it’s something the kids can be part of from start to finish. From coloring the deeply reach Fall colors, to painting over it in green paint, only to scratch away and reveal the colors underneath again!

And once they’re done, they can then have the leaves hang up as decoration all around the house! It’s a fun and simple way to showcase their art so that everyone can enjoy seeing it!

fall leaf craft free printable

Get the Free Printable Leaf Template!

We made things extra easy for you to set up this activity with a free printable leaf template! Each printable comes with a set of different leaves in varying sizes.

Have the kiddos color and then cut them out for some extra fine motor skill strengthening!

Read on for the step-by-step instructions on making this fun Fall leaf craft as well as all the supplies we recommend for it.

If you are building your craft supply kit or needing to refreshen it, don’t miss our comprehensive list of arts and craft supplies!

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Print and cut out our Fall Leaf template.

Step 2

Color the leaf in Fall colors – red, orange, yellows, and browns!

Step 3

Use green acrylic paint to cover the oil pastels.

Step 4

Once dried, use something (like a coin!) to scrape away at the green paint and reveal the fall leaf!

Step 1

Print and cut out our Fall Leaf template.

Step 2

Color the leaf in Fall colors – red, orange, yellows, and browns!

Step 3

Use green acrylic paint to cover the oil pastels.

Step 4

Once dried, use something (like a coin!) to scrape away at the green paint and reveal the fall leaf!

The Science Behind This Fall Leaf Craft: Why Do Leaves Change Color? 

This fun Fall leaf craft is the perfect activity to do during the changing seasons to talk about what it means to transition from summer to winter – the weather cools and it’s a time when we may celebrate holidays and special occasions like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa. And of course it is the time when the leaves change and fall!

But why do leaves change colors?

Chlorophyll makes leaves a green color. Chlorophyll is located in the cells of leaves and helps to make the nutrients for the tree (process is called photosynthesis). When the sun is strong and the weather is hot, the leaves stay green as they make food for the tree. 

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However, when the weather gets colder the chlorophyll breaks down and the green color disappears revealing varying shades of colors from yellow to orange to red and purple.

The Science Behind This Fall Leaf Craft: Why Do Leaves Change Color? 

This fun Fall leaf craft is the perfect activity to do during the changing seasons to talk about what it means to transition from summer to winter – the weather cools and it’s a time when we may celebrate holidays and special occasions like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa. And of course it is the time when the leaves change and fall!

But why do leaves change colors?

Chlorophyll makes leaves a green color. Chlorophyll is located in the cells of leaves and helps to make the nutrients for the tree (process is called photosynthesis). When the sun is strong and the weather is hot, the leaves stay green as they make food for the tree. However, when the weather gets colder the chlorophyll breaks down and the green color disappears revealing varying shades of colors from yellow to orange to red and purple.

More Arts and Crafts Projects to Explore

Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

arts and crafts kit marbling

Water Marbling Kit

Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

arts and crafts kit spin and spiral art

Spin and Spiral Art

This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

arts and crafts kit sand art

Sand Art Kit

This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

arts and crafts kit string art

String Art Kit

This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

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