We love getting creative with our children all year round, but autumn is a particularly lovely time of year for activities. Fun dates such as Halloween and Bonfire Night are just around the corner, and there are plenty of ways to incorporate nature into arty projects. Take a look at our round-up of interesting and easy autumnal activities and make this time of year even more wonderful…
Get arty with autumn leaves
One of the best things about autumn is the crisp, crunchy leaves that fall from the trees. Go for a walk and collect a bag full of your favourite leaves, and then the kids can use them to create their own artwork.
A great way to use leaves for art is to dip them in paint and print them on paper. Alternatively, you could try leaf rubbing. Simply grab a thin sheet of paper, place it over your leaf and rub a crayon or oil pastel over the page to see a colourful, detailed replica of your leaf. You can even combine shapes and colours to make a masterpiece on a bigger scale!
Create paper plate hanging decorations
It’s easy to make pretty spiral hanging decorations for your garden with paper plates. All you’ll need for this activity is some paint or colouring pens, some paper plates, some string and anything else the kids would like to decorate their creation with.
The method is simple: draw a spiral on your plate from the centre to the edge and let your kids decorate the spiral as they wish. Once they’re done, cut along the line and attach some string to the end to hang it up with. They really do look pretty and they’re a low-cost activity, so the kids can make as many as they want!
Make spooky but tasty Halloween cakes
Baking is always a great way to pass the time, and even more so when you have a fun theme to work with. When it comes to Halloween cakes, the options are endless. Here are some examples:
• Add food colouring to your icing and make pumpkin faces with sweets
• Put a spooky spin on fairy cakes and turn them to bat cakes
• Make spiders to stick to your icing using cola laces for legs and a jelly sweet for the body
The key is to think outside the box and keep things simple. The kids will love both making and tasting their creations!
Use empty toilet rolls to paint fireworks
Bonfire night is all about colour and sparkle, and painting is a great way to get into the spirit. To get a great firework effect, cut the end of an empty toilet or kitchen roll to create a fringed look. Pop a dollop of paint (or glitter paint, since it’s firework-themed!) onto a pallet and dip the cut end of the tube into it before printing it onto a page. Use as many colours as possible on a piece of black card to create your very own firework display.
Make caterpillars with conkers
Collecting conkers is a family activity that both the children and the parents can enjoy. Conkers are traditionally usually used for games, but these can often be a little advanced for toddlers. Instead, why not get creative and make a caterpillar from your conkers? You can either drill through them and let the little ones thread them onto some string or use glue to hold them in place. Once you’ve made the body of the caterpillar, use some stick-on eyes or paint for its face. The results are simple but extremely popular with the little ones!
Paint and decorate your own pumpkins
When it comes to Halloween, the first activity that comes to mind is pumpkin carving. For the children who are a little too young for this, though, there’s always the option of painting the pumpkins instead. Gather plenty of bright colours and let them make their own Halloween artwork. You can always carve a few small holes and put some tea lights inside afterwards, so it glows in the dark with the rest of the carved pumpkins.
We hope you and your family have great fun with these autumnal ideas. If you’re looking for a nursery where your children will learn whilst being creative, get in touch with us today. We look forward to hearing from you!