Like most kids, my children love arts and crafts. Unfortunately, they happen to have me for a mother. I'm not necessarily bad at crafts, but let's just say that a subscription to Martha Stewart Living sounds about as appealing to me as does a root canal. What can I say? I'm just not that into creating some one-of-a-kind artistic masterpiece out of a milk carton and some glitter glue.
But I do love my children, so for their sake, I have been known to give in and attempt to get crafty with the best of them. And with the autumn season just around the corner, it's the perfect time to start looking for easy fall craft ideas that we can do with our kids. Here are 5 of my top picks.
S'mores on a Stick
Technically, I don't know if foods count as crafts, but since I found these S'mores on a Stick on a popular craft blog, I say they do. They're easy enough for kids to make themselves — you put marshmallows on popsicle sticks and then dip them in melted chocolate and roll them in crushed graham crackers — and best of all, they're edible. Maybe crafts aren't so bad after all.
Fall Leaf Coasters
Start by taking your kids on a fun autumn treasure hunt and letting them collect their favorite leaves. Then if you're feeling ambitious, help them use their leaves to create Fall Leaf Coasters. You'll need duct tape, clear contact paper, and foam squares (and a little bit of patience) to complete this project.
Mr. & Mrs. Pumpkin Heads
I've got to admit, this one is pretty clever. Everybody loves Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, so why not celebrate fall by making your very own Mr. and Mrs. Pumpkin Heads! After a visit to the local pumpkin patch, you'll place small pieces of velcro where you want the eyes, nose, mouth, and ears to be located on your pumpkins. Then you (or your kids) will cut a variety of eyes, noses, lips, etc. out of felt, and these can be mixed and matched on your pumpkins at will.
Added bonus: The kids can actually play with these for days after they're finished making them.
Button Indian Corn Craft
This simple craft might bore older children, but toddlers will love gluing buttons all over their "corn," and will be working on their fine motor skills without even knowing it. Plus, the Button Indian Corn Craft is easy enough for even the least crafty among us.
Pre-Made Kits From Your Local Craft Store
Pre-made craft kits are a not-so-crafty parent's best friend. Craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts all frequently carry a variety of seasonally-themed craft kits. Whether you want to attempt a haunted house or keep it simple with a pumpkin picture frame, you can purchase an entire kit that includes step-by-step instructions and all the materials that you will need.
This is NOT the most creative option, nor is it the cheapest, but it is the easiest, which means that it is also my personal favorite!
What are your favorite fall crafts? Any super simple ideas to share with the not-so-crafty parents among us?