Autumn Collage, Crafty!

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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. October 19, 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

  2. October 19, 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

  3. October 20, 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!

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  4. October 20, 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

  5. October 20, 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

  6. October 20, 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

  7. October 20, 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
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  8. October 20, 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!
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  9. October 21, 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
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  10. October 22, 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. October 22, 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
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  12. October 23, 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!
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  13. October 23, 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

  14. October 26, 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
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  15. October 31, 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

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