Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Our Autumn Crafts Bucket List 2015

Autumn is definitely one of my favourite times of the year. Even though it can be a bit cold and drizzly, there's something about the leaves changing colours, the crisp morning air and the dark evenings where there's nothing nicer than being snuggled on the sofa with a few candles lit and a mug of hot chocolate. We also love going for lots of Autumn walks to splash in puddles and collect leaves, twigs and conkers. LO and I collected a few bits the other day when we went for a walk and it inspired me to try a few Autumn crafts with him. 

More often than not though, I'm not very organised and I am terrible for planning ahead with crafty activities for him. I keep a supply of painting things to hand in the kitchen, but for the most part, it tends to be a last minute, unplanned activity which I frantically get ready for him while he's waiting. I will end up spending more time cleaning the equipment away than he does actually doing the activity, so we don't tend to spend as much quality time on our activities as we'd like to. 

Which is where my Autumn crafts bucket list came to mind. Instead of me having a quick glance on Pinterest to gather an idea in 2 minutes while he's waiting, I thought I'd sit down with a cuppa and have a good look for ideas which would suit a 2 year old and keep his interest, collate them all on my Autumn Crafts Pinterest board and then put the best ones into a bucket list. This way, I am much more likely to remember the activities and I will make sure we do as many as we can, and hopefully he will really enjoy these. I will be featuring a few more specifically in separate posts, but for now, here's some of the autumn crafts we hope to do together...

See images below for an idea of what each craft looks like (all images sourced from the corresponding websites which I've linked)

1. Autumn paper cut out painting using pipettes and straws {from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds}

2. Dish Brush Autumn Tree literally using a washing up brush! You could also try other household objects like a bath spongem shower scrunchie or toilet roll tubes. {from Crafty Morning}

3. Shaving Cream Autumn Leaves {from Little Wonder Days}

4. Salt Dough Autumn Leaf Decorations {from Honey Bear Lane}

5. Paper Plate Autumn Leaf Wreath {from Simply Designing}

6. Autumn Cork Tree Painting. This is an activity we have already tried and it was absolutely brilliant! It held LO's interest for at least 30 minutes and his painting was fab! {from The Picky Apple}

7. Autumn Nature Collage- a great one to try if you go out for a morning walk, collect lots of Autumn bits in a bag and then stick them onto paper as a collage {from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds}

8. Autumn Scented Playdough and Autumn Playdough Platters. I made my first ever batch of play dough and LO sprinkled in some cinnamon. Ideally I'd like to find some essence as the cinnamon made the play dough a funny colour! But there's some fab ideas on this post {from New Young Mum}


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