A fun and easy activity with so many benefits!
Doing arts and crafts with my boys is one of my favorite activities. Socializing, encouraging creativity, and improving fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, are just a few of the many benefits of arts & crafts.
Even if you have a certain idea of how something is suppose to turn out, what they make is most often than not, something completely different. And that is OKAY! Doing arts and crafts with open-ended materials gives children the chance to use their imagination, get creative, and make their own masterpiece! I love to lay out different objects and let my son do his thing!
We had my son’s best friend come join in the fun for this Autumn Arts & Crafts activity and she did such an amazing job! I had planned for them to cut out a bunch of leaves and glue them onto their name. How cute would that be to frame and bring out every year?? My son decided against this planned activity and went with his own thing. He ended up making a tree with some fallen leaves and purple dots… hey, why not?! They both were proud of their work, as they should be! (Perfect way to boost their self-esteem!)
Here is the list of materials and what to do for the Autumn Name Arts & Crafts
- Construction paper (I used black)
- Leaves … Take the kiddos out and collect real ones! What a great way to get some exercise and fresh air! This was my original plan, however when the day came for our activity, it was scheduled to pour rain. I used some fake ones that I purchased from the dollar store.
- Frame (If you plan on framing it)
- White Pencil Crayon
Using a black piece of construction paper write out your child’s name (In block style) with a white pencil crayon. Working on one at a time, spread the glue over the letter and then sprinkle the cut up leaves over the glue.
Such a simple and fun activity. Let them be creative and decorate as they please! Our kids love stickers so we definitely had to have some of those in the mix! You can add feathers, pom-poms, buttons, glitter (proceed with caution) and anything else you want!