5 autumn kids’ activities

These fun 5-minute crafts are perfect for hibernating on dreary days

Words: Sarah Woodall | Images: Rowena Kinghorn

You’ve found the hats, wrestled on the coats, negotiated the wellies, found the keys, everyone’s been to the loo and what’s this…? It’s gone dark! You have two options. Crawl under a rock or look for ways to entertain kids at home.

These 5 easy kids’ activities themed around autumn should do the trick. Just march the kids outside to collect fallen leaves and twigs and then arm them with paper and crayons so they can make a hedgehog, craft a cat and design some hilarious haircuts. Then put your feet up, you’ve earned it.

1) Go the whole hog: Make a simple hedgehog out of autumn leaves.

What you’ll need: autumn leaves, paper, pen, glue

 What to do:

  1. Ask your child to draw a hedgehog shape on a piece of paper. It doesn’t have to be perfect, an oval shape will do.
  2. Now they stick on the leaves to make hedgehog spikes.
  3. Finally, they can draw on a smile.

2) This is tree-mendous: A great way to use up old pasta and be creative.

What you’ll need: paper, glue, twigs, and dried pasta, lentils, beans or pulses
What to do:

  1. Help your little one stick twigs onto a piece of paper to make the shape of a tree.
  2. Give them a bowl of dried pasta, beans, lentils, pulses.
  3. Your little one can now stick all the things in the bowl over all the twigs to make a brilliant autumn tree.

3) Leaf buddies: an autumnal quick painting activity

What you’ll need: different shaped autumn leaves, paint
What to do:

  1. Get your little one to stick different shaped autumn leaves onto paper.
  2. Ask them to draw on legs, eyes, and a smile on each one.
  3. See how many funny animals your little one can make.

4) You’d better be-leaf it: Kids will love crafting these colourful leaf people.

What you’ll need: lollipop sticks, paint, autumn leaves, googly eyes
What to do:

  1. Ask your little one to paint lollipop sticks different colours.
  2. Get them to glue a big leaf onto each stick.
  3. Pop on some googly eyes.

5) A new leaf: budding hair dressers will love this simple kids’ craft

What you’ll need: paper, pen, glue, leaves

What you do:

  1. First your child draws a face on a piece of paper.
  2. Then they add a funny hairstyle using leaves and glue.

And now after all those autumn creative juices have been flowing, your little one will be ready for bed and you’ll be ready to enjoy a nice hot chocolate (or glass of wine!) Enjoy autumn, every leaf at a time.

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