Fall is my favourite season. Where I hail from - the tropics - it's one season "summer" all year round 😂Naturally I felt really excited and fortunate to experience fall here in Seattle.
Weeks of blistering heat finally make way for cooling fall days with changing colours that are so mesmerising. I can't get enough of the brown-red maple foliage that now adorns the grass, pavements and walkways everywhere.
To celebrate the arrival of my favourite season, I embarked on a fall tree craft project with little Gwen (17 months). I'm using this artwork to decorate my home and remind ourselves of the passage of time and beauty of nature.
Fall Tree Craft with Young Toddler!
The following materials are required:
- Dried leaves (I picked mine up on strolls to the park with Gwen.)
- Marker to draw outline of tree trunk and branches
- Large piece of paper (I upcycled mine from a kraft paper bag. The drawn tree will be in brown, no additional colouring needed!)
- Glue or double-sided tape or velcro dot stickers to stick the leaves onto the paper
- (Optional) Book on seasons or animals found on trees to seize teachable moments during this fall craft activity
Benefits of this Fall Tree Craft Activity
- Stimulate the senses (sight and sense of hearing especially if your little one crinkles the leaves up; Gwen loves doing that!)
- Opportunity to discuss and converse about season change and what fall means
- Learn about the anatomy of a tree (Kept it super simple for my young toddler. With older children you can include more details!)
- Fine motor practice with the transfer and pasting of leaves
- Hand-eye coordination to position the leaves correctly on the branches (The younger the child, the more guidance is needed)
- Instil appreciation for nature
- Subliminal environmental message to recycle and upcycle
Our Craft Experience
Gwen is currently at the sensitive stage of learning to express herself through drawing (it's a montessori school of thought that there are periods whereby children are particularly attuned to learning and exploring certain skills). She'll head to her art corner first thing in the morning, gets her art supplies and says "daw daw". What perfect timing to further her interest in drawing with this 3D fall craft!
I drew the tree trunk and Gwen helped to add colours. I didn't guide her on the colours to use (also a montessori belief that we should encourage imagination by not designating a specific colour for objects) and she basically did free-style colouring.
Then I told her we'll start adding real leaves to the tree and she helped me spread the leaves out to stick the velcro dot stickers. She faced difficulty placing the leaves "on" the branches so I helped her with that. Peeling of the velcro dot stickers also kept her little hands very busy.
I don't know if it's coincidental but she went to get a book and it was about everyday household items and common animals found in farms and parks! I seized that teachable moment to introduce animals that live in trees (her favourite being the squirrels which she's seen on nature hikes) and I asked if she would like me to draw a squirrel. She replied, "ya" and I added the squirrel, thereby completing the artwork.
I love this co-created artpiece and I'll be putting it up on the wall till I grow tired of seeing everything fall... which might be never!
To follow Gwen's play adventures, check out @miraculove_sg (Instagram) or A Toddler Activity A Day Facebook Group.
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Hi! I am Yunnie. I am the newly minted mama to a little baby girl and a mum friend to everyone on this special (and many times scary) journey of motherhood. Also a graduated bride with a penchant for weddings.