DIY Autumn Activities – Tree Craft

Autumn is a beautiful season. The air is crisp, and nature is filled with vibrant hues of yellow, red, and orange. It is a perfect time to teach kids the importance of letting go and making way for growth and new possibilities. While a lesson plan might be enough to teach young kids about autumn and changing seasons, conducting engaging season-specific activities can enhance their overall learning experience. 

So today, we will share with you three interesting activities you can involve the kids in to reinforce their understanding of the autumn season. Let’s begin!

1. Dry Leaves Tree

You’ll need:

  • Dry leaves
  • A4-size paper (blue)
  • Black marker
  • Brown pencil color
  • Paint brush
  • Glue

Instructions:

Take a blue sheet of paper and draw a tree trunk with branches using a black marker and brown pencil color. 

Collect some dry leaves and break them into small pieces. 

Apply small dots of glue all over the tree branches and spread it evenly using a brush. 

Now, grab a handful of broken dried leaves and spread them over the paper. 

Dab, dab, dab with your fingers so that most leaves stick to the paper. 

Shake off any excess leaves on the plate.

Do the same close to the bottom of the paper to create the effect of fallen leaves on the ground. 

Add some fine details to the tree trunk once you are done with gluing the leaves. 

And your beautiful autumn tree is done! Simple, isn’t it?

2. Dry Leaves Painting

You’ll need:

  • A4-size paper (white)
  • Black marker
  • Brown watercolor
  • Semi-dried leaves
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brush

Instructions:

For this activity, use a white A4-sized paper and lay it flat in landscape orientation.

Draw a small area of land and fill it with brown watercolor. Add a few tree silhouettes on top of it.  

Pick a semi-dry leaf and color it with red acrylic color. Then place the leaf, with color-side down, on the paper and press it all over. 

Make sure to paint the side with prominent veins so that when you stamp the leaf on paper, the imprint forms perfectly. 

Now, lift the leaf gently to reveal the beautiful imprint. Align the imprints with tree branches so that your painting looks well-made. 

Complete the tree and repeat the same on another tree silhouette. However, this time, choose a different color. Orange, yellow, and brown are perfect fall colors!

To avoid mixing colors, use a separate leaf for every color. Also, try experimenting with different leaf sizes to make the painting look more natural. 

Once you’re done with the leaf painting, write a little something like “Hello, fall!” on one corner to celebrate the beautiful season of autumn.

3. Rolled Paper Tree

You’ll need:

  • Brown and white paper
  • Black marker
  • Watercolors
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Instructions:

Making a rolled paper tree could be a little challenging (specifically for little kids); however, the result is stunning and worth the time and effort!

Start by cutting out a tree crown from a white sheet of paper and a tree trunk from some brown paper. 

Next, paint one A4 sheet with red, yellow, orange, and brown colors. Paint the colors in small sections to allow quick differentiation and easy cutting. Let it dry for some time.

Cut the colored paper into thin strips, as shown above. 

You can also use ready-made colored paper to cut out thin strips if you don’t want to paint it yourself. 

Now, apply glue close to the edges of the tree crown and paste strips in alternate colors. 

Make sure you cover the edges completely. Leave a small area at the bottom, as it will be covered with rolled paper in the subsequent steps. 

Take one strip at a time and start rolling it, as shown in the image above. 

Once you have rolled it sufficiently, apply a drop of glue at the end of the strip.

Press the glued end firmly on the paper. Do the same with other paper strips. 

Don’t worry about pasting the strips at a particular point. You can paste the ends anywhere you find space, as long as the entire tree crown is covered evenly with rolled paper. 

Finally, glue the tree trunk you cut out earlier to the colorful tree crown to finish the rolled paper autumn tree. And just like that, you will be done!

Though writing and number sense activities are important, learning through art and craft is so much fun! Kids love it, and so do we! Our selection of autumn activities is perfect to engage kids on a cool autumn day and talk about the nuances of this beautiful season. Why do leaves change color, the weather gets cooler, and days get shorter. 

You can explain all of this in simple and easy-to-understand language and convey a lifelong lesson for kids to take away – That change is inevitable and it is the only constant. So, one must embrace change and say hello to new beginnings. 

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