Can you believe that fall is already here? It can be tough to find weather-appropriate activities on a chilly autumn day. These fall-themed arts and crafts are a great way to spend indoor family time as the weather gets cooler.
These 45 simple Halloween, Thanksgiving, and fall crafts are sure to delight every little ghoul and goblin. If you’re looking for a way to have fun with your little ones, you’re sure to find the perfect craft.
1. Put together some mock caramel apples using puffy paint that you can make from everyday items.
2. Learn to fold an origami maple leaf—an autumn craft for kids that doubles as a new skill.
3. Make and hang a fall-themed windsock to brighten up your outdoor decoration scheme.
4. Build a paper bag monster puppet or two, then hold a family puppet show.
5. Gather some leaves outside and make this fall-themed crown.
6. This spook-tasic Halloween handprints craft can be a great way to get into the autumn spirit.
7. Print out and play fall bingo with your family.
8. Make a pretend apple basket using paper plates.
9. This ghost words activity can make for a delightful way to practice sight or vocabulary words.
10. Build a 3D paper pumpkin for a lovely craft that (quite literally) pops out!
11. Have a few toilet paper rolls lying around? Craft them into these adorable hanging bats!
12. These marbled autumn leaves beautifully capture the colors outside as the real leaves start falling.
13. Using just paper bags, glue, and colored paper, you can make a decorative fall tree.
14. This masking tape mummy is a quick and easy fall craft—perfect for preschool-aged children.
15. Create a giant candy corn decoration out of colorful tissue paper.
16. Gather some leaves and nature items on your next outdoor walk and build an autumn mobile.
17. Make an autumnal suncatcher for a craft that doubles as a breathtaking decoration.
18. Put together a Halloween headband with googly eyes to celebrate the season with style.
19. If you have time for a craft that requires a little dexterity, make a few of these beaded pumpkins.
20. Create some woven paper placemats to make family meals this season even more special.
21. Try a vibrant twist on a Thanksgiving craft classic by making a neon turkey.
22. You’ve heard of paper snowflakes: now try paper spiderwebs!
23. With some foam and a little glue, you can whip up some silly, yet adorable “yard monsters.”
24. As the weather outside gets windier, now is the perfect time to make a whirligig.
25. For a craft you’ll definitely want to hang up on the fridge afterward, try Q-tip painting a colorful tree.
26. Make these cute little hedgehogs from fallen leaves and a bit of imagination.
27. Put any old egg cartons to use with this Thanksgiving turkey craft.
28. After you’re finished carving pumpkins, use the seeds to whip up some fall-themed slime.
29. If you have any acorns lying on the ground in your neighborhood, make use of them with an easy painting craft.
30. Turn pumpkins into something that’s equally spooky and cute with this spider decorative craft.
31. Give old tin cans a makeover by putting together this Halloween bowling game.
32. These stuffed paper apples can be an age-appropriate sewing craft for younger children.
33. Practice fine motor skills with this yarn-wrapped leaves activity.
34. Teach kids a little about physics and vibrations with this spider web science activity.
35. Remember what you’re grateful for this season with this thankful pumpkins craft.
36. Go on a fall scavenger hunt with this cute and educational print-out.
37. Serve up a slice of pumpkin pie with this cute Thanksgiving craft!
38. If you have a little one who loves science, try putting together a Halloween volcano for a kid-friendly chemistry experiment.
39. This mason jar luminary craft casts a reflection of a fall tree on the outside of the jar.
40. Using a paper cup and some string, you can create a “flying ghost” that’s sure to delight this Halloween season.
41. This leaf rubbing craft doubles as a fall and a STEM craft that’s perfect to keep your little scientists learning.
42. An apple a day keeps the doctor away—and this apple core craft is a great way to recycle paper tubes!
43. With an old plastic bottle, you can create a bird feeder to keep feathered friends fed through the fall.
44. If you have an adult around to supervise, this DIY leaf bowl can be a fun fall craft that you can use as seasonal decor afterward.
45. Need to make use of old scrapbooking paper? Put together these colorful paper strip pumpkins.