Thursday 13 October 2016

Autumn's coming kids craft activity - motor skills development

girl with leaf

This is a lovely activity that develops motor skills and promotes understanding on what's happening in nature at this time of year.
Just like in All the trees are dead Anthony expects all the plants to be doing what they should be doing now that it's autumn.  This activity reinforced the changing of the seasons and to talk through the kids experiences.

red leaf on drive

We got the following out of the craft box and went on a nature collection (mostly in the drive and back garden).
  • A drawing or cut out of a 'naked' tree
  • Glues sticks
  • Things for sticking; we could choose from different sorts of leaves, feathers and tissue paper and collected sticks to glue into the tree.
craft activity

By placing the bowls around the table, you'll be encouraging your kids to cross their midline when doing the activity.  Gluing and sticking is also a great practice for bilateral motor skills as you need to use both hands together, eg. holding the paper and gluing, or holding the glue stick and pulling the top off.  Younger kids can also make the tree freehand by just glueing sticks to the page. The idea is green leaves stay on the trees and the rest of the colours go elsewhere on the page. Many of Jane's ended up 'flying in the sky', which I thought was pretty observant of her! 

What would you put on your tree?

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We did this lovely Tree craft activity at Me Too & Co - Play sessions, a local organisation that supports children with additional needs and their families.


  1. This is a lovely activity. It really gets kids using their imagination as well as the fun and skills involved with the sticking - and all kids like sticking! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  2. Great idea for an activity and something I think my toddler could do too. #WotW

  3. This is such a fun activity! It rolls soooo many developmental benefits into one: fine motor, imagination, exposure to nature, creativity. Activity WIN!
    Thanks so much for sharing! <3 #KCACOLS

  4. What a great idea. Both mine love the winter but i hate the cold. Great idea for those stuck in days. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

  5. What a lovely craft activity - will have to try this with my girls. Love Jane having her leaves mostly "flying in the sky" - very appropriate for this time of year! Thanks for linking up to #ftmob :-)

  6. Fabulous activity. I wish my girls were younger to do this x #MMBC

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  8. Great idea, autumn is such a great time for crafts. Definitely going to try this one out with my boy xx #kcacols

  9. This is a great activity I remember my daughter doing things like this when she was younger too #kcacols

  10. What a lovely activity for kids to get involved with.
    We love crafts and have not long been on a scavenger hunt in the woods. We made some Autumnal crafts from our finds.

    Thanks for being part of #MMBC. Hope to see you next week x

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