Autumn Collage, Crafty!

I love Autumn.  The fabulous colours as the seasons change and the leaves start to fall.

I have loved spending time outdoors with the monkeys.  We have explored the great outdoors a few times lately and they have been asking lots of questions.

Some that are easy: “what is that mummy?”…. “an acorn darling”.

and some that are just a little bizarre: “Does that squirrel know Yoda?” … “eh, I truly have no idea hun”

An Autumn Collage

Want to try it out?  Here is what you need:

  • coloured card
  • glue stick
  • paint and brushes
  • a bag for collecting items

A little boy in a red jumper and a little boy in a purple collect leaves and twigs in little clear bags.

This week we decided to get a little crafty and make an autumn collage.  The boys collected whatever they wanted in little bags when we were out for a walk, then we made some fun pictures with them.  This has the added benefit of distracting them enough to not complain about having to go for a walk in the first place – win win!

When we got home they picked out some fun green card and stuck their items onto the sheet, using a glue stick.

Two little boys stick leaves to green card to make an autumn collage

Then they proceeded to add more colour to it using paints, sticking to Autumn colours, orange, reds and yellows.

It was good to chat with them about what colours they thought looked like Autumn.  It turns out they have a pretty good grasp of that even though it isn’t something I have pointed out before – that I can remember anyway.

Well I say that but they were pretty insistent that purple should be in there!  But I think that has more to do with D loving the colour purple more than anything else.

Two little boys in green coveralls, paint the stuck on leaves using autumn colours (brown, yellow, red, orange)

 

It kept the boys occupied for a good hour in total and was a really fun activity to do.  What I liked about it is that I could let them do whatever they wanted with the picture and just supervise, unlike some activities where they need me to help them out.  It was nice to just let them do whatever they wanted with the pictures.

We now have the pictures proudly displayed on the kitchen cabinet doors.

The finished collage - a little messy but 100% work of a four-year-old with no mummy help

A little messy! However, it is 100% the work of two four-year-olds.

Why not try it out at home?  Let me know how you get on.   If you want to know what other activities we have been up to check out our activities here.

 

On the blog today we embrace fall as we do an Autumn Collage.  A perfect activity for preschool children and a perfect family activity for parents to organise.
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28 Comments

  1. 2nd November 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Looks good. My.four year old would love that. He loves collecting leaves.

  2. 31st October 2016 / 1:41 pm

    That’s a great Autumn picture – love it! Especially brill for two year olds!

    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

    Janet

  3. 26th October 2016 / 10:27 pm

    Haha I love the Yoda comment and that they wanted to put purple in. I love easy toddler crafts too, this is such a brilliant, yet simple and fun idea! xx

  4. 25th October 2016 / 12:28 am

    I’m still giggling at “Does that squirrel know Yoda”! Love the collages though. It made me remember when we went on a trip to New England in the autumn and my son made a collage from the beautiful red leaves. Made me all emotional! You are making such lovely memories. #FabFridayPost

  5. 23rd October 2016 / 11:31 pm

    I absolutely love nature art. It’s great to see work that’s purely created by little ones. Thanks for sharing #FabFridayPost

  6. 23rd October 2016 / 6:43 pm

    Kids are the best! LOL The Yoda comment is PRICELESS! It’s so much fun for us parents when our kids start noticing the world around them. How they tie things together and think is so interesting. Love how they understood what autumn colors were. And of course, there has to be purple! LOVE IT!

  7. 23rd October 2016 / 10:12 am

    I was only just saying let’s paint leaves, looks like we will be gluing too. Great craft idea to fill a gap on a Sunday

  8. 22nd October 2016 / 8:02 pm

    What a wonderful and simple idea – love the idea of just going for a walk with a bag and they can just fill it with whatever they want. And the crafting itself all sounds nice and low supervision – perfect for me! I think Max might be a bit young, but I think we might give this a go! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  9. 22nd October 2016 / 12:09 am

    I love autumn crafts. I’m ashamed to say we haven’t done any yet this year x

  10. 22nd October 2016 / 12:06 am

    Lovely photos and busy 4 year olds! We have been doing lots of leaf collecting and collage making here on the farm too. I run activities with the children staying each week and always like to introduce nature to our work. #FabFridayPost

  11. 21st October 2016 / 3:35 pm

    I love this idea. Ethan has been asking me about making one of these lately but I am so lazy! lol! I will need to get out and about more! The boys look like the have had a great time. Thank you so much for linking with us on #FabFridayPost x

  12. 20th October 2016 / 11:12 pm

    This os so fabulous, I’m going to try this too. It’s great to get kids into arts and crafts, mine are getting bigger and it’s the usual beeline to the TV or tablet! This will unleash some creativity!

  13. 20th October 2016 / 7:03 pm

    The simplest of ideas are always the most fun aren’t they? We love collecting big leaves on our walks too

  14. 20th October 2016 / 6:54 pm

    We love doing activities like this – also a nice Halloween activity is to make it into a spooky forest! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

  15. 20th October 2016 / 12:18 pm

    We used to love doing things like this – it’s fun gathering everything together and then more fun crafting with it x x

  16. 20th October 2016 / 12:53 am

    I keep saying to my son we will be doing this soon, tomorrow is our day off together so now i know what we will be doing! looks fab xxx

  17. 20th October 2016 / 12:28 am

    We are planning a nature walk soon so this would be a great activity to do afterwards when we have collected out leaves and stuff. What a great idea!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  18. 19th October 2016 / 11:28 pm

    I’m really looking forward to doing this kind of thing with Erin. Thanks for the idea.

  19. 19th October 2016 / 10:36 pm

    These look fab, I’m going to be trying out a few new crafts with Archie next week in the school holidays. We’ll have to add this to the list x

  20. 19th October 2016 / 10:08 pm

    Ah, what a simple but super idea! My little girl loves collecting leaves and things she finds on our walks so this would be great for her. Thank you for sharing! x

  21. 19th October 2016 / 9:43 pm

    My little girl loves creating things like this, it looks like they had fun – great work xx

  22. 19th October 2016 / 8:20 pm

    This is a great idea. I think I might try it with Holly, she maybe a bit young but she will still love it X

    • 22nd October 2016 / 8:14 pm

      Just popping back to say thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove We went for a walk in the woods today and the girls collected some bits. I had to use nappy sacks!!!!! X

  23. 19th October 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Aw this is lovely! Looks like they had fun making it too.
    We have just done one with some of the crafts from our Scavenger hunt in the woods 🙂 x

  24. 19th October 2016 / 7:40 pm

    Love an Autumn collage! We have been doing lots of this kind of stuff at home.

  25. 19th October 2016 / 6:34 pm

    What a great thing to do – there’s so many gorgeous leaves, conkers etc that you can collect to make things like this. Jo x

  26. 19th October 2016 / 3:00 pm

    aw this looks fab. I am pretty terrible at doing crafts with my two but this looks manageable haha. Like that you can go for a little autumnal walk before you start x

  27. 19th October 2016 / 12:51 pm

    Does that squirrel know Yoda. Love it!! Haha!
    II love autumn too and we’ve made some similar crafty pictures too. Such fun x

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