The fall season presents an awesome opportunity for you and your kids to enjoy some fun art and crafts together. The changing colors of the foliage and the excitement of the upcoming holiday season create the perfect backdrop to inspire the inner artist in all of us. Art and craft projects create the perfect opportunity for you to spend some quality bonding time with your children and help them gain a finer appreciation for the arts. While most of these activities are supposed to appeal to young children, you and some of the older kids will have lots of fun taking part.
- Leaf Painting
The defining feature of the fall season is the changing foliage cover and the trees shedding off their leaves. Leaf painting involves using leaves to trace out drawings on a piece of paper. With the abundance of fallen leaves during fall, gathering the required materials will not be difficult. You can enjoy simple leaf painting with colored pencils or introduce paintbrush-applied paints to make it more interesting. Encourage your kids to collect different types of leaves and use this as an opportunity to educate them about the trees and plants that are around them. Allowing your kids to express themselves in their paintings will also increase the hand-eye coordination, thereby improving their environmental awareness. It will also make them more artistically inclined.
- Pumpkin Carving
The biggest fall holiday for children is Halloween. Engage your children’s creativity and imagination by introducing them to pumpkin carving. As with any art project involving your children, their participation in the activity is more important than the quality levels they achieve. Get different pumpkin sizes for the different age groups you are dealing with to make it easier for them to carve their pumpkins. Before they start doing the actual carving, ensure that they are aware of the fact that they will be handling sharp objects to avoid an unscheduled visit to the emergency room. As a bonus, you can display their carved pumpkins for Halloween to increase their sense of accomplishment.
- Nature Photography
While everyone has their favorite season, the fall, with its vibrant colors, creates one of the most aesthetically-pleasing environments. Introduce your children to the field of nature photography by encouraging them to go out and take photographs of the stunning scenery. You don’t need to give them expensive professional cameras. Just get a few budget disposable cameras and let them enjoy the scenery. Being out in the fresh air will also give them valuable exercise and they will be more aware (and appreciative) of the natural environment around them.
- Hand Turkey drawing
As Thanksgiving approaches, and the weather becomes colder, keep your children engaged indoors by teaching them hand turkey drawing. If you have older kids that have surpassed the hand turkey drawing age, you can encourage them to create thanksgiving inspired paintings at home. This will keep them occupied and increase their motor skills and art awareness.
Apart from the skills that your children will learn by doing art and craft projects, the whole family can enjoy quality bonding time together and create fond memories.
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