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  AUTUMN Arts, Crafts & Activities
Note: Grade levels are given as a guideline only. Many lessons are adaptable.

BACK TO SCHOOL IDEAS
Our favorite back to school ideas, lessons and activities (starting with some helpful articles for both teachers and parents). We hope you enjoy them! [read more]

HALLOWEEN CRAFTS
Over 135 different Halloween ideas including costumes, treats, crafts and 100 things to do with a pumpkin! Also, find out how you can download Halloween coloring pages. [read more]

THANKSGIVING CRAFTS
Find great crafts for kids to help celebrate the beginning of the holiday season! [read more]

AUTUMN COLORING PAGES
Pumpkin Pie, Sunflower

BLESSING BOXES Recipes
Creating blessing boxes to show what you are thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. From Susan Futch. read more

BUILD A TREE, LEAF BY LEAF All Ages
This project from Sandi Kovach-Long can be adapted for a wide range of ages and abilities including adults with physical, perceptual and cognitive challenges. [read more]

CALICO CORN (WITH TEXTURE) PreK - Gr. 5
Students can make a picture of calico corn (Indian corn) using footprints, seeds and beans. read more

CLAY POT TURKEY All Ages
Amanda Formaro walks you through the steps of making a clay pot turkey for Thanksgiving. read more

CLAY POT TURKEY #2 All Ages
KinderArt's Andrea shows you how to make a turkey out of a clay pot. Lesson also features some turkey facts. read more

CRAFT STICK TREES all ages
This simple craft is a great way to celebrate the coming of fall, even for the younger set. No patterns are required, just sticks, foam or felt and a little imagination. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

CRAYON RESIST FALL LEAVES PreK - Gr. 2
Melissa Jordan shows you and your kinderartists how to create with nature as your inspiration. [read more]

EASY BIRD FEEDER PreK - Gr. 5
By using paper plates and toilet paper rolls and turning them into bird feeders, children can give back to the environment. From Adrienne Bolles. [read more]

FALL LEAF WATERCOLORS K - Gr. 5
Pamela Julian Manney shares a unique way of painting leaves. [read more]

FALL LEAVES T-SHIRT All Ages
This adorable shirt can be made for either a boy or a girl. So colorful and vibrant they are definitely going to love it! From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

FALL REFLECTIONS K - Gr. 5
Pat Higgins shows us how to create a fall scene using the monoprinting method. [read more]

FALL TREES PreK - Gr. 2
Get a brown paper bag and some tissue paper and you can celebrate the changing of the seasons with C. Turgeon. [read more]

FALL TREES WITH CRAFT STICKS PreK and up
This simple craft is a great way to celebrate the coming of fall, even for the younger set. No patterns are required, just sticks, foam or felt and a little imagination. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

FALL WREATH PreK - K
Students will develop understanding of nature through exploration as they create a fall-themed wreath. Submitted by Julie. [read more]

LEAF COLORING PAGES
Ash, Oak, Maple

LEAF PEOPLE K - Gr. 5
What to do with that big pile of leaves in your backyard? Make leaf people of course. [read more]

HANDPRINT TURKEY (WITH TEXTURE) PreK - Gr. 5
Students can make a handprint turkey using seeds, beans and grains. read more

PAPER BAG PILGRIM DOLLS PreK - Gr. 2
Create simple front and back no-sew Thanksgiving Pilgrim Dolls. read more

PAPER BAG TREES All Ages
Grab a brown paper lunch bag and some colored tissue paper to make this easy and fun tree that appears to be blowing in the wind. From Amanda Formaro. [read more]

PAPER BAG TURKEY PreK - Gr. 2
Jessica shares a very clever turkey craft for Thanksgiving. read more

PINE CONE TURKEY PreK - Gr. 2
A fun way to make a turkey using pine cones and hand tracings. read more

PLANT DYE PAINTS Gr. 3 - 8
Students will learn that plants are a source of natural dyes and paints. Find complete recipes, from Kim Swanger. [read more]

PLEIN AIR DRAWING AND PAINTING All Ages
Are you looking for something creative to do on a clear autumn day? Why not take a trip outside to let nature inspire you? [read more]

POINTILLISM CORN PreK - Gr. 5
Students can make a picture of corn using a pointillism technique. read more

PUMPKIN SEED MOSAICS All Ages
Mosaics are made of tiny colored pieces of stone, pottery, glass or other materials, arranged together and set in plaster or cement to make patterns and images. In this lesson, students use pumpkin seeds and paint to create colorful mosaics. [read more]

PUZZLE TREES PreK - Gr. 5
Trees from recycled puzzle pieces. Use fall colors to create an autumn tree. A great idea from Judith Walsh. [read more]

SCRAP PAPER TURKEY PreK - Gr. 5
Students can make a turkey using bits of colorful scrap paper or fabric. read more

SUNFLOWERS DRAWING/PAINTING LESSON All Ages
Learn how to make expressionistic sunflowers using paint or pencil crayons. [read more]

SUNFLOWER BULLETIN BOARD K - Gr. 5
Leslie Gould shares her great art history idea! [read more]

TEXTURE WITH CHEMICAL REACTIONS PreK - Gr. 5
Here, students will learn about the effects of salt on watercolors as they paint a picture of a tree. From Kim Swanger. Give this lesson a fall theme by using fall colors! [read more]

TISSUE PAPER SUNFLOWERS PreK - Gr. 5
Students will make their own colorful sunflowers using tissue paper and glue. [read more]

TURKEY CRAFTS All Ages
Why not pay homage to the turkey by creating an artistic rendition of the bird. read more

THANKFUL TURKEY PreK - Gr. 2
Karen Rowley shares a fun and educational Thanksgiving message. read more

THANKSGIVING TREE PreK - Gr. 5
Amanda Formaro walks you through the steps of making a handprint tree for thanksgiving. read more

THANKSGIVING QUILT PreK - Gr. 2
Students will express themselves by decorating a piece of felt with the things they are thankful for. From Yamilka J. Sena. read more

THANKSGIVING QUILT #2 PreK - Gr. 2
Promoting open dialogue of what children are thankful for during the Thanksgiving season. From Mindy Shupak. read more

TOILET PAPER TUBE TURKEY PreK - Gr. 2
Shelly Thorson shares a crafty Thanksgiving idea. read more

TURKEY CENTERPIECES PreK - Gr. 6
Making a turkey with apples, toothpicks, construction paper and gumdrops. From Lisa in California. read more

VAN GOGH'S SUNFLOWERS K - Gr. 8
Learn how to make expressionistic sunflowers using pastels. From Linda Moucha. [read more]

THANKSGIVING COLORING PAGES all ages
Pumpkin Pie, Sunflower, Fall Leaves

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