Fun & Cheap Fall Toddler Crafts

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Fun and Cheap Fall Toddler Crafts

 

I absolutely love this time of year.  The weather changes from stifling to comfortable, beautiful leaves are everywhere, and Halloween is right around the corner.  We’ve been having fun celebrating our favorite things about this fall season through art around our house.  Sometimes these little projects can get me stressed out, but these were all so easy and fun to do.  The best part is that it required no shopping on my part…everything used was found around the house.

1.  Leaf Stamps

Pictured in the bottom right corner.  You simply gather some fall leaves off the ground, push them onto stamp pads, and use them as you would a stamp on regular paper.  You can experiment with pushing all the entire thing down against your paper or only parts.

2.  Leaf Stamp Negatives

Pictured in the top left corner.  You’ll need the same supplies as last time.  This time, set your leaves on the paper.  Hold them in place as you use the ink pad as a stamp itself, covering the entire leaf and a good amount of area outside of it.  When you’re done, remove the leaf and you’re left with a negative!

3.  Rubber Ducky Painting

If you’re not sure why a rubber ducky made our fall-themed art wall, you need to check out either this post or this one.  To make it, child just fingerpainted a piece of regular old paper yellow.  I waited for it to dry, then brought up a picture of a rubber duck drawing on my computer.  Printed it out, traced it onto the yellow-painted paper, cut it out.  Then I drew on an eye and wing with oil pastel and the little one helped glue on an orange beak made from some cardstock scraps.

4.  The Itsy-Bitsy Spider

This one was the most involved, but turned out super cute.  It was something we could keep coming back to so we could keep talking about it and really scaffolded our spider knowledge and sequencing skills.  First, we got a black ink pad and did hand prints facing opposite directions on some lighter paper.  Then I cut those out.  I got out some glitter glue and little one helped me make it into a “web.”  (It looked more realistic in my head, but at least PART of this project had to be child-led!)  When that was dry, we glued on the hand prints.  The eyes are white pieces of paper with black fingerprints for the pupils.  We used a piece of yarn for the spider silk that the arachnid is hanging off of, and red oil pastel for the mouth.

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14 thoughts on “Fun & Cheap Fall Toddler Crafts

    1. femmefrugality Post author

      No joke. When we do store bought stuff we go pretty cheap and make it last for as many years as we can. I mean, it’s only out for a month or two. But now we have some aspiring artists! No more money involved!

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    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Was the thing you did before leaf rubbings? We just did those at story time the other day…I had completely forgotten about them! Hope the girls have fun!

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      1. femmefrugality Post author

        Haha! No need.. just the mention’s got it playing in my head right now! The funniest thing is that I’m probably the last crafty person almost ever. But that’s why I get super excited when we do some simple stuff that even I can pull off (with a little help from toddler-hands.)

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  1. Jen @ Frugal Rules

    What a pleasant reminder of what the season brings at this time of the year. Modesty aside, I also have a knack for crafts which is a totally enjoyable thing to do especially if you involve the kids. I love your idea though of making use of the things found around the house. I am sure it is more practical yet still result in the same enjoyment and satisfaction.

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    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Oh, that’s so awesome that you’ve got the crafting gene! Yeah, I went to Michaels once to buy supplies…never again. Now we just use what we have on hand. Really, it forces us to be more creative than if we had everything on someone else’s instruction list, you know?

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  2. Meredith

    My first reaction is: “I’m scared.”. Then I read the post, realized this could be my saving grace in these stale winter months coming, and fell a little more in love with you. xo.

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    1. femmefrugality Post author

      It really can be! And the older they are the more involved they can become. Becoming more involved doesn’t mean it has to be harder for the parent, though. They can just do more things as they reach developmental milestones. Easy, simple crafts/art projects are my go-to….as long as it’s fun for the kids.

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  3. Monica

    This is fantastic list! For my toddler-ish son and my big first grader! My kiddos love crafting with leaves and it really is a nice way to celebrate fall with children. We recently mod-podged leaves onto a card board box (now I don’t know how I’m going to convince them to let me toss it!), and I was actually thinking about what else we could do with leaves. The idea of leaf stamping and leaf stamp negatives is awesome!

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