Krafty Kids: A fun craft idea for a rainy fall day

The leaves are starting to change colour and they are falling from the trees...

As we were on our usual afternoon walk around the neighbourhood and to the park we noticed that so many of the leaves were starting to change colour and were falling from the trees already. It was VERY  windy and my two very young charges were having an amazing time chasing them and running around with them, waving the leaves like flags.

Of course, the leaves HAD to come home with us. So we added them to our collection of rocks, twigs and yes - sticks even. We made our way home picking up a few more along the way. The leaves were a bit damp so I left them in the bottom of the stroller to dry out a bit. We went about our afternoon and totally forgot about them. Later that evening I laid them out on towels to dry.

The next day it was raining and cold. We wouldn't be going for a walk that afternoon. What to do then? Ah yes, the leaves. We could make a picture with the leaves. It is easy and not to fussy for younger children. AND we had everything we needed in the house.

  • paper
  • crayons
  • glue
  • and the leaves!
I drew the trunk of a tree on the paper for them. The boys are 1 and 2 years old. They originally drew the trunks themselves but they looked more like rainbow marshmallow clouds and monsieur 2 year old was a little frustrated with that, so I gave them a hand.

The one year old's tree
The two year old's tree

I handed the paper over. Most of the leaves ended up on the floor and the 1 year old tried to eat a few but I have to say... the pictures look like trees!

So, up on the art wall they went!

It was easy and it was fun. It's a great way to talk about the fall changes even with very small children on a cooler, wetter fall day!