I couldn’t wait to post this fall art project for toddlers. Watching my daughter explore art with fresh abandon is so inspiring. The last class I taught as a preschool teacher before staying home with my own kids was a class of fun 2-3-year-olds. At the start of the year I did many art projects like this, that allowed them to explore freely, and created fun specific shapes within a theme we were learning and exploring in class.
- Gather your materials. You will need some paper ( we are using craft paper from the mail aisle), removable tape, a marker, scissors, paint, paper plate and paint tools that are age appropriate for your child. For us, we are using bubble wrap that is secured to a pot scrubber.
- Secure the paper to a table and draw leaves.
- If you want to use bubble wrap like we did, make sure that all edges are secure and your child can’t get the wrap int their mouth. I used an elastic to secure it to the handle of the scrubber.
- Put paint in a dish.
- Add a very excited toddler!
- Paint with your tool, paint with your hands – however, works for you!
- She loved feeling the paint squish. Narrate their actions for them.
- Let dry and cut out.
- Decorate a room your child is in often and make sure to refer to how they made the leaves, how they painted.
Books About Fall
A Friend for All Seasons by Julia Hubery is a gem! The book explains the change of seasons in a fun and easy to understand way for young children. Readers follow along with Robbie Raccoon as he notices the changes that are happening around his home, a big oak tree. My favorite part of this book was when Robbie and a few woodland friends notice that the tree”™s leaves are falling and they assume he is crying, so they give him a hug. I loved that! Robbie”™s mama raccoon explains the changes and before they go to sleep for a long time during winter”™s dark days, they plant 5 acorns. This was a fun part of the book because I had my son predict what would happen. I liked that it gives parents an opportunity to extend this into a science lesson about seeds, and an oak tree”™s life cycle. Sure enough, when Spring comes there are tiny baby oaks waiting for Robbie when he awakens. I loved this book and would recommend it happily!
Every Season by Anne Love Woodhull and Shelly Rotner is a keeper. The text is simple, but the pictures really capture all the wonderful things that each season brings to make up a whole year. The photographs can be used as icebreakers about things children love about each season, are looking forward to or even don”™t like. Either way, this book is full of possibilities.
I Know It’s Autumn by Eileen Spinelli is age appropriate for young preschoolers and toddlers. The book is a simple look at all the things that tell a small child that Autumn is here. Pumpkin muffins, apple picking, cooler weather, hayrides and more all signal that the summer is gone and the fall has arrived. I like this book because there will be something a child will relate to and be able to identify with. I also love that the family is biracial and there is no mention of it at all. It”™s nice to see and I wish more books were so non-challant about representing all kinds of families.