I’ve been looking for an easy fall project to attempt with my toddler after seeing so many inspiring ideas on Pinterest. However, knowing the short-attention span of a toddler and my need for a colorful wreath, I decided to put our own unique spin on the craft by painting the leaves we found and mixing them up with the bright foliage that was readily available.
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Here’s what we used:
- Washable paint (Buy here)
- Paint brushes (this one is easy for toddlers to use!)
Here’s what we did:
We gathered up various leaves and acorns from around the yard which we could use to adorn our fall wreath. This was such a great way to keep my toddler busy, especially if you call it a “treasure hunt” ;).
Since most of the leaves in our yard were withered and dark, we decided to focus on green leaves and simply paint them red, yellow or green to create a colorful variety.
It started to get a little messy at one point, so I was happy for those (very few) bright-colored leaves we did find. (In retrospect I would have stocked up on a few of these for no-fuss painting!)
After my toddler had enough painting fun, I laid out the leaves to dry and cut a circle from a cardboard box. (Note: A paper plate works just as well and is easier to cut — but I didn’t have one handy and liked that the cardboard would hold the acorns better.) It’s easiest to cut the cardboard with a knife and then simply use a scissor to trim the edges.
We glued all the leaves to the cardboard, starting with the biggest leaf to cover the base and layering various other shapes and colors around it. We finished the look with a few acorns and mums.
Such a simple yet fun Fall craft for little ones to work on as they explore the array of colors and textures present in the new season!
Be sure to visit our Fall Pinterest board for more fun craft and activity ideas!
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