Fall is an amazing time for crafting with your kindergartner. Fall introduces new colors with the changing leaves, new activities such as harvesting vegetables, and this season has several exciting holidays. Together, these create a lot of fun opportunities for your little one to get involved in crafting and connect with the season. Many fall crafts also fit within the classroom, such as Montessori schools, where the craft project can be part of a larger activity learning about the background theme of the crafts.
One of the most fun crafting projects and also most emblematic of fall is the pumpkin. Pumpkins are harvested in the fall and are a big component of fall activities, including pumpkin carving and making pumpkin pie. For kindergartners, a great pumpkin themed crafting project is to cut strips of orange construction paper and glue them into circles. These circles can then be glued together in the shape of a pumpkin and topped off with green strips of paper for the stem.
The leaves changing color is a big component of the fall transition to winter. It’s great to have your kindergartner get outdoors and be able to use what they find outside in crafting projects. One project is to get sticks from the outdoors and add their own leaves. First, glue a stick to construction paper. Then, with small pieces of paper, bunch the paper into small textured round pieces in the shape of a leaf and glue them individually to the paper. The result is a real stick with paper leaves! Another project is to collect colorful leaves and glue them to a string to make a wreath. A third leaf activity is to gather acorns and color the acorns with fall themed watercolors.
Turkeys are the favorite mascot of Thanksgiving, and there are a number of great turkey craft projects for your kindergartner. One great project requires paper plates, googly eyes, and red, orange, and brown construction paper as well as fall themed acrylic paint and a sponge. Use the sponge to place dabs of color onto the paper plate. Then, cut out a turkey head in brown construction paper, topped with an orange nose and red snood (the red part of a turkey’s throat). Finish by adding googly eyes to your turkey.