Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall Arts + Crafts: Fun Projects for Children

photo of: Fall Arts + Crafts Projects for Children (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

I'm so excited to share this RoundUP!
I've been saving these ideas just for today!
These are all photos of fall fun that I've captured on my Author-Illustrator school visits around the country. 
~~Yes. Please pin as many as you'd like!~~

photo of: Fall Tree Sculptures with Silk Leaves on Pipe Cleaners (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

This first idea may well be my favorite and hence earns the lead-off batter position. Sculpture for young hands. I LUV LUV LUV creating a base for your sculpture from an 'upcycled' jar's lid. Some modeling compound or plaster of paris within the base/lid and let the fun begin! The walk in the woods tree trucks are glorious varigated pipe cleaners. The tree tops are simply silk leaves and scotched taped into place. What young child doesn't adore a project where they are in charge of scotch tape? Feathers add just the right touch for detail and nuance. 

Having young children explore projects in three dimensions affords such unique discoveries while conquering any challenges. Concordia University in Oak Park/River Forest has a brand new child development building and these beauties were housed in a showcase for all to see. I spoke there last month at their annual back-to-school conference. They provided a gen-u-ine rainbow for me. KUDOS! 

Now let's continue looking at trees + leaves. Anything collaborative + creative earns extra stars in my book.  

photo of: Fall Cooperative Tree Murals (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

These next drawings have enhancements for the leaves. They looked stunning massed together on a Florida bulletin board. How sweet are the trick-or-treating details? Look closely, they're oh-so-clever. The first set have tissue paper leaves and on down below the Wisconsin drawing uses torn construction paper for the embellishments. 

photo of: Fall Tree Art Project in Elementary School with Tissue Paper (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Fall Leaf Art Project Using Torn Construction Paper (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)
Little Red Wagon and Torn Construction Paper Leaves Adorn Fall Crayon Drawing

photo of: Fall Tree Art Project by Toddlers (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

The toddler projects above use the torn construction paper for the trunk and then paint is applied for the foliage fun. It's so much fun for me (as a former Art teacher) to see the exact inverse of materials used to portray the same concept..... at different stages of development. 

In the future I have an article that includes these beauties. It's the 'same' idea as the toddler work above, but this time in the hands of more sophisticated preschoolers. LUV the addition of the little pre-cut foamie leaves amid the painting. 

photo of: Fall Leaf Art Painting Project from Preschool (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Wait till you see these sophisticated kindergarten fall landscapes. They were on display during my Tampa visit a year ago. I have already shared they here before, but their beauty serves as inspiration FOR. ALL. TIME. How brilliant. A lesson on symmetry and fall colors all rolled into one. Yes. The paper is folded to achieve such incredible results. Think 'blotto' and think sophisticated simplicity!  

photo of: Fall Leaf Reflection Paintings in Preschool (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)
Symmetric "Blotto" Painting for Fall by Kindergarten Students 

photo of: Preschool Fall Leaf Paintings on Bulletin Board (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)
Bulletin Board of Observational Fall Paintings of Leaves

photo of: Fall Trees using Construction Paper 'Mosaic' Leaves (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Super simple. Super gorgeous on a bulletin board. Construction paper 'mosaics' for fall foliage. SWEET! 

photo of: Bulletin Board of Fall Trees made with 'Mosaic' Leaves (Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWIthinReach)
Fall Trees on the Bulletin Board 

photo of: Fall Bulletin Board of Trees with Colorful Painted Leaves on Coffee Filters (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Fall Leaves from Coffee Filters (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

From open-ended media exploration on coffee filters by wee-wittle hands (lovingly cut into leaf forms by appreciative adults) to these crayon resist drawings created in kindergarten. The colors of fall offer so much to examine. 

photo of: Kindergarten Fall Leaf Paintings with Crayon Resist Drawings (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Fall Drawings of Trees Painted Leaves (Fall RoundUP from RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Collaborative Fall Leaf Bulletin Board for Back-to-School (Handprint Cut Outs) Bulletin Board Roundup via RainbowsWithinReach
Handprints become Leaves on Collaborative Bulletin Board for Fall 
FALL MANDALA: I played with the first dozen glorious maple leaves to grace my walk -- just the other day. My amazing rocks for punctuation. Take a walk and gather up materials to explore as patterns. Geometry. Tesselations from nature! 

photo of: Fall Leaf Mandala (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

SHIFT GEARS: Scarecrows. LUV me some FALL scarecrow projects! 

photo of: Scarecrow Drawing in Kindergarten (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

How adorable are these? Some children just want to 'flood' their work when given flotsom and jetsom of goodies to choose for embellishment. I am so appreciative that these teachers allowed the kiddos to have all the fun they wanted! BUTTONS! LITTLE LEAVES! Can you really have enough of either? This was a lesson in adhesion to be sure! 


photo of: Painted Indian Corn Stalks and Scarecrows (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Fall Scarecrows with Photographs (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Fall Scarecrow Literacy Idea reflects style of Brown Bear meter (Fall RoundUP from RainbowsWithinReach)

If the leaves are changing then its time to get thee to the pumpkin patch! 

photo of: Fall Pumpkin Painting with Curling Vine (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

These next little jack-o-lantern 'craftivities' were created on bases of small paper plates. All the tissue papers of fall get glued next. Then adornment with simple shapes for the features make these a success for every child in the Buckeye room. Each is unique! Same basic materials, individual exploration. 

photo of: Paper Plates Make Fall Jack-o-Lanterns in Preschool with Tissue Paper (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Here they are happily displayed together on the same preschool bulletin board. 

photo of: Fall Bulletin Board for Halloween w Jack-o-Lanterns and Candy Corn (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)


photo of: Simple Jack-o-Lanterns with GLITTER! (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Simple Jack-o-Lanterns with GLITTER! (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Kindergarten Pumpkin Personalized with Names (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Fall's Birds from Simple Shapes (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Fall Black Bats Using Traced Handprints for Wings (Fall RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

In the future I have some additional ideas that I observe. 

Click the pic below to go to some additional ideas and a sweet bulletin board. 

photo of: Leaf Projects and Bulletin Boards for Fall (via RainbowsWithinReach)

WOW! That was fun. 
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Other brilliant articles that haven't made my Top10 list: 
Pete the Cat Ideas from PreK + K classrooms
Apple Projects and Bulletin Boards 
Camping as a Theme in Preschool 
Back to School Bulletin Boards
Pocket Full of Kinders

Linked at Teacher 2 Teacher Fall LinkUP 


  1. Beautiful artworks!!! Very creative and colorful!

    1. Thanks so much for your support and taking the time to leave a comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the images.


  2. Wow, what wonderful artworks! Very beautiful and creative! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

    1. Your most welcome, Carrie. I appreciate having a 'wider' audience to share my work. Thank you for hosting the linkie.


  3. What a great round up, thanks for taking the time to put it together! Off to pin, pin, pin!! :)

    1. You are so welcome. I am so very grateful to those who are able to pin the images and therefore share the article with the wider world. THANKS!!



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