Autumn is the perfect time for crafting. With the weather turning colder and wetter, we are spending more time indoors with the kids and looking for calm activities for after school quiet time.
Fall also gives us so many beautiful colours to explore and appreciate with the children. One easy way to talk about the changing seasons and appreciate the beauty of nature is with simple crafts.
Today’s Autumn craft is so easy, and we even have the printable templates available to download at the end of this blog post to make your life even simpler.
This Fall Tree craft is ideal for preschoolers and even toddlers. They can practise their coloring, cutting and sticking skills which are all easy and fun ways to work on fine motor skills and strengthen little hand muscles.
First up, color the Autumn leaves together using our free printable Autumn leaves coloring sheet.
This Fall leaves coloring page gives you the chance to talk about the colors of the Autumn season, practise counting the leaves together, and talk about different shaped leaves.
How many fall leaves can you count? Which Autumn color will you pick for each leaf?
Colors you may want to focus on for Autumn leaves are red, orange, yellow and brown. My daughter also wanted to include a little bit of green. She also decided to make some striped rainbow leaves using the fall colors.
If you have gold, that color also works great for Autumn.
Tip: For this activity, only provide the suitable colors for Autumn leaves. That way your child can have total design freedom within the materials provided, which helps to build confidence, and you don’t have to bite your tongue from commenting about them choosing bright blue or neon pink for an Autumn leaf.
Supplies for this Craft
- Printer paper
- Crayons or markers
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After the kids have coloured all of their Autumn leaves, have them cut out each one and glue them onto their own Autumn tree using the free printable Fall tree craft template, which has plenty of branches to stick all of the leaves.
Cutting can be tricky, but this activity gives a great opportunity to practise. Younger toddlers will likely need help with this step.
Next, glue all of the leaves on to the Autumn tree branches. For less mess, and a quicker craft you can use a glue stick like pritt stick, or try using white PVA glue and a glue spreader to stick down each leaf. We used a glue pen this time.
The glueing step is fun and easy for even younger toddlers to complete.
Here is the Autumn tree template below
Once your child has glued on all of their colored and cut out leaves, the Autumn Tree craft is ready.
N had lots of fun creating her Autumn craft and this was such a simple activity, with very little mess created.
Free Printable Templates for this Autumn Craft – Instant Digital Download
The free PDF file contains two pages:
- Colour the Autumn leaves page
- Fall Tree template page
These Autumn craft templates are multi purpose. You can use the Autumn leaves page as a regular coloring page, and you can use the Autumn tree template for other Fall craft ideas like finger painting a fall tree, or decorating with Autumn leaf stickers. You could also use these templates with our scrunched Autumn leaf craft.
Happy crafting! Please feel free to share the link to this blog post with friends, or share on Pinterest
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Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
Her easy-to-follow craft ideas and practical parenting advice have transformed In The Playroom into a cherished resource for parents.