Preschoolers love creating and if we don’t give them the proper time and space, you know they may just color or cut something we don’t want them to! These fall art activities for preschoolers include some simple fall crafts that parents will love to hang on their fridges and others that are focused more on just exploring. Most of them require very few supplies, but I’ll let you know if you need something special for a project!
So, gather up your kiddos and get cozy to make some fun fall crafts! I’ve rounded up a huge list of fall craft ideas for toddlers, preschoolers, and kids of all ages, that will work on their creativity, and fine motor skills. I’ve sorted the autumn crafts into categories: apple crafts, pumpkin crafts, scarecrow crafts, fall tree crafts, and fall woodland animal crafts. Let’s get started!
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Fall Art Activities for Preschoolers: Fall Leaf Crafts
The fall season is full of beautiful fall leaves, so fall leaf art projects are a MUST! Crafts that use real leaves are my absolute favorite, but the activities are a mix of using real leaves, leaf shapes, leaf people, and so much more (so our friends in the south can also participate in these fall art activities for preschoolers!).
This art is the perfect cozy fall craft. Just cut potatoes in half and use a sharp knife to make the stem and a few veins (this part is done by the parent, obviously!). Give children some paint and the potatoes and watch them stamp to their heart’s content. This is such a fun way to make fall leaves!
Start out by reading “Leaf Man” and head out on a scavenger hunt to gather leaves, twigs, and acorns. Then you are ready to create! Grab some construction paper and glue and let your preschoolers have fun creating leaf people and other creations from their nature finds. This craft is so much fun to let their imaginations run wild.
This fun fall craft is another excuse to go on a fall nature hunt with your preschoolers! After collecting an assortment of leaves, place some under a piece of white paper and rub a white crayon over them. Then, paint over them with watercolor paints and watch your little’s amazement as bright new leaves appear! This is a great way to teach a mini science lesson on the parts of leaves, types of leaves, and more.
Get out a single-hole puncher and let your preschooler work on fine motor skills by punching tiny holes in some leaves. Glue some popsicle sticks together to make a frame. Then with some clear, sticky paper, they can place the tiny circles like stickers to make designs or just have fun sticking them all over. They will be excited to watch the sun dance through their new creation!
This one may make quite a mess, and is the perfect activity to do outside on a warm fall day! Preschoolers will have a blast hunting, crumbling, and gluing leaves to decorate their names! After crumbling dry leaves, trace your child’s name on a piece of construction paper. They can help trace one letter at a time with glue and then cover it with dried leaves. Shake the excess leaves off and then repeat with the other letters. This is a great way to practice letters and spelling their names!
Preschoolers love displaying their artwork, and this paper plate leaf is the perfect craft for displaying. There’s a free template to trace and cut out the fall leaves in all of the fun fall colors. Then, your preschooler will love gluing them to the paper plate cutout.
The best part of these Autumn Crowns is that your little one will love wearing them all over! Collect your autumn leaves, and try to find ones that don’t have too many holes or brown spots, as it means they’ve already started to decay and won’t last as long. Then, make a crown with some thin cardboard or posterboard (a cereal box is the perfect thickness).
Tada! You have a great fall craft that your preschooler can wear!
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Fall Art Activities for Preschoolers: Scarecrow Crafts
Fall is the time of the year when farmers are harvesting their crops and many families visit the apple orchard, pumpkin patch, or local farms to pick pumpkins and partake in their favorite fall activities. There are so many fall art projects that you can do with scarecrows!
This craft requires some prep work upfront. An adult needs to cut out the body, hair, clothing, etc. Your preschoolers will have a lesson in body parts, different shapes, and colors as they put this scarecrow together!
Paper bag crafts are a beloved preschool activity because they can later be used as puppets! This fall craft comes together with construction paper, a marker, glue, scissors, and a paper bag. You and your preschooler can create a cute scarecrow puppet and easily customize it puppet using different colors for the hatband, bow, and hair.
Handprint art is always a win in my book. This one uses easter grass for the scarecrow “hay” to make it even more realistic and adorable. After painting your child’s hand, they place their middle three fingers close together to represent the body and legs and space their thumb and pinky out to represent the arms. You’ll want to make multiple of these as fall gifts for grandparents!
This is one of the fall art activities for preschoolers that calls for a lot of extra materials but is still fairly straightforward to make. I think this is one of my favorites because it resembles the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz!
This felt busy box is sure to keep your preschooler busy with some independent play. After cutting the pieces out of felt, your child can construct as many different scarecrows as they’d like. Add different clothes, accessories, and some crows so they can make little stories with this busy box.
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Fall Art Activities for Preschoolers: Pumpkin Crafts
Fall would not be fall without PUMPKINS! It is the time of year for pumpkin everything. Pumpkin spice, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin baked goods, and of course, pumpkin crafts!
This easy craft is super simple and requires only paper, a black marker, glue, and scissors! Download the pumpkin printable and then let your preschooler have a blast tearing up strips of orange construction paper to cover the pumpkin. This process-oriented art will work on fine motor skills and create a spooky-looking pumpkin.
Make pumpkins featuring different expressions and dive into an entire emotions lesson! Working on social-emotional skills with preschoolers is so important because tiny humans still have big feelings. You can grab my favorite book on emotions for toddlers and preschoolers here!
Grab some air-drying clay and paint and get ready to make this pumpkin pinch pot! This activity works on fine motor skills by pinching the clay and would be a cute fall present for teachers or family members. It is also an easy craft that older kids would also enjoy.
Stamping activities are low prep yet high engagement! Cut up some apples, put out plates of paint, and watch your preschooler stamp some pumpkins. This is one of those activities that is focused more on the process of exploring and creativity yet still looks adorable.
This is a great fall craft that requires just a few pipe cleaners and some beads to create your own little pumpkin! Lay some pipe cleaners in a stack, twist them together, and then pull the ends apart so they resemble a star. Your little one will be so focused on slipping the beads on the pumpkin that they won’t even know they are improving their hand-eye coordination and concentration.
Another easy craft that your preschoolers will love. With some cardboard egg cartons, orange paint, green pipe cleaners, and just a little help, your children can create some cute little orange pumpkins.
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Fall Art Activities for Preschoolers: Tree Crafts
Creating a fall tree craft is a fun way to make art using beautiful fall colors. Get ready to have some fantastic fun with your little ones!
Puffy paint is always a hit with preschoolers! Start by drawing an outline of a tree. Then, your preschooler can use puffy paint to fill in the trunk, and branches, and drip puffy-colored leaves. This is a fun exploration of colors and easy to set up and enjoy.
This fun craft comes together easily and is so bright and colorful! Cut tissue paper into squares (or a hack I learned from a preschool teacher, buy it precut to save time!), and your preschooler can decorate their tree drawing with bright fall colors.
If you have a paper punch you have to make this tree, and if you don’t have one grab one here and so you can make this adorable tree! Punch out different colored “leaves”, fold them to make them pop off the page, and glue them down. This simple craft is perfect for preschoolers and they will love how it looks and that they can do it independently!
I always have a bunch of broken crayons lying around that are getting too stubbly to color with. Simply shave them down and lay them out in the design of a tree. Then watch them bake in the oven! This unique fall craft for preschoolers requires some more adult help than others but has an awesome end result.
This handprint autumn tree is a great way to incorporate themes of teamwork, friendship, gratitude, and Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect way to have a fun, crafty morning during the week of Thanksgiving! These autumn trees easily come together with some paper towel rolls, paper plates, and construction paper.
Fall Crafts for Preschoolers: Apple Crafts
Apple picking is the perfect fall activity, so we can’t have a list of fall crafts for preschoolers without including apple crafts! There are so many great ideas here that will have you craving the crisp air in the apple orchard and the scent of fresh apple cider!
These pom pom apple trees are such a simple fall art activity for preschoolers. Use the downloadable free tree template and then let your child have fun gluing the pom poms wherever they wish. You can easily make this a lesson in the apple life cycle, the colors of apples, and more.
This apple stamping activity uses apples, red paint, and real leaves! Cut your apples in half, put out your paint, and let your littles have fun exploring the texture of the paint, smashing their apples on paper, and making some art. While the apples dry they can go out and find some leaves to glue down to finish their project.
Threading beads on a pipe cleaner to make apple ornaments could easily be turned into a lesson in patterning. Instead of just using green or red you could show your preschooler how to alternate colors and start a pattern.
Preschoolers will enjoy cutting pieces of yarn in various lengths. Then they just need to keep gluing them down until the entire paper plate is covered. Some children will try to dump a huge pile of yarn and glue them all at once and others may glue very precisely.
Download the free printable apple template and have your preschooler explore painting with plastic forks. This shows a different texture than paintbrushes and they will enjoy seeing the different patterns they create. This can also turn into a lesson on mixing colors.
An easy fall craft that also works on letter recognition is the epitome of preschool perfection. Print out the letter A template and cut some red craft foam into the shape of an A. Then have your kiddos get to work gluing seeds, a stem, and an apple leaf onto the A!
These paper plate apples are so cute and perfect for fall! If you’re short on time (or simply don’t want to deal with the mess of paint!), grab some red or green paper plates instead of painting them.
The best fall crafts are ones that involve going on a nature walk to gather supplies! Gather some pine cones to make this pinecone apple craft. You can also order them from Amazon or check your local craft store if you can’t find any pinecones or the ones you do find are covered in sap. Once you have your supplies, little hands will love painting them red and then adding some leaves with green craft foam.
Fall Crafts for Preschoolers: Woodland Animals
Fall arts and crafts that involve animals are the perfect way to get preschoolers excited about art projects! There are so many adorable and super fun projects!
Glue wings, eyes, and a beak onto a paper cup to quickly transform it into an owl puppet. Make several different ones and your preschooler will imagine a whole series of adventures!
Paper plate crafts are some of the easiest fall art activities for preschoolers. Lay down some paper and they can get busy painting or coloring the paper plates. Cut one plate in half and glue halves on each side to resemble wings. Then simply glue on the eyes and beak for the face and you have an owl!
Grab some construction paper and a paper bag to make another puppet, but this time it’s a fox! Let your child color the bag orange and then either cut or assist them to cut out the face, tail, and ears. If you make this collection of paper bag animals you will soon be able to have an entire puppet show!
There are so many animals that can be created from paper plates! Preschoolers can color the top portion of a plate orange before you help them fold the edges over to resemble a fox. Add eyes, a nose, and ears to complete the fox project.
Simply print and have your preschooler color this squirrel crown. You can easily cut it out, attach the headband with either glue or a stapler, and they have a squirrel hat to run around in. I’ve yet to meet a child who doesn’t love to make a crown!
This simple tutorial shows how to make a squirrel out of play dough with simple techniques such as rolling into balls or logs. Adding a pine cone as a tail is an easy and adorable way to finish this clay sculpture.
This is a wonderful fall craft to go along with the book Brown Bear Brown Bear. Follow this cool tutorial to make your own puffy paint for this paper plate bear. Then let your little one read the book with you with their new bear friend. Crafts are such a fun way to motivate kids to read books on repeat.
Use a bowl to trace a circle onto a piece of cardboard. Then let your child use a fork to paint the bear’s face so it looks like fur. You can add cut outs of the muzzle and ears and glue on some googly eyes to finish this cute project.
This fall art project comes together with some cardboard, orange yarn, googly eyes, black pom poms for the nose, and some orange and white construction paper for the ears.
All of these fall art activities for preschoolers are great for working on fine motor skills, learning colors, improving concentration and focus, and just having fun! Go ahead and get a few activities ready for a rainy or chilly day, bake something pumpkiny or appley, and have fun!