I love this time of year, when the leaves start to fall and everywhere is full of colour. We went out this morning and collected as many leaves, sticks and pinecones as we could find. The kids all love collecting things as they walk so it really helps us stay out longer and then when we get home there are all either used for small world play or in crafts!
Here are just a few of activities we’ve used our forest treasures to make.
Leaf People Pegs
It’s probably fairly obvious how we created these leaf people pegs. I’m so pleased with how they came out. They did dry out quite quickly though, so definitely one to play with immediately.
Painting on Pinecones
It’s always nice to paint on something other than paper. Pinecones are especially fun to paint on as there are lots of nooks and crannies to get the paint into.
Pinecone painting is one of our favourite autumn activities.
Mini Stick Dens
Mini outdoor dens are also great fun to make. We added little characters and sometimes leaves or bits of cloth over the top.
Forest crafts don’t come much easier than this simple magic wand
Wild potions are easy to make using flowers or other things collected from the garden or forest.
Try adding some baking soda and vinegar for some fizzy fun.
Count and Sort Sticks and Leaves
Sticks and leaves have lots of features that make them fun to sort and count.
Make a Stickman
Stickman us one of our favourite books, so when we’re out and about we’re always looking for stickman shaped sticks. If you can’t find the perfect stick though you can use elastic bands to make your own.
We did manage to find the perfect Stickman stick one day and he’s been a happy member of the household ever since!
Weather Forecasting with Pinecones
Did you know you can use pinecones to predict the weather?
Drawing Leaf People
These were so much fun to draw and great for observing over time as we watched them start to crumple up as they dried out.
More activity ideas using sticks and leaves
This cardboard heart nature hunt is just lovely from Leaning and Exploring Through Play.
Red Ted Art also has a beautiful Leaf Crown.
This 3D autumn art from Sun Hats and Wellie Boots is pretty amazing too.
What are your favourite Autumn and Fall craft ideas?