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Autumnal art adventures with toddlers

Autumnal Art Adventures with Toddlers

September 30, 2023

Autumn is here, so why not have some autumnal art adventures with your toddlers? As the leaves turn brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow, and a crisp breeze fills the air, autumn welcomes us with open arms. It’s a season of transformation and beauty, and what better way to celebrate it than by inspiring creativity in our little ones? Toddlers may be small, but their imagination knows no bounds. Teacher Jo Studholme shares some great activities for toddlers that have been tried and tested by many children over the years.

Exploring Nature’s Palette

Autumn is a time when nature showcases its most vibrant colours. From the fiery red Sugar Maple leaves to the golden hues of the cornfields, there’s a world of inspiration waiting to be discovered right outside your door. Take your toddler on a nature walk and encourage them to observe the different shades and textures around them. Ask questions like, “What colour is that leaf?” or “How does the bark of this tree feel?”

Leaf Printing

Once your toddler has collected a handful of beautiful leaves, it’s time to get creative! Leaf printing is a simple art activity for toddlers. Lay out some newspapers or an old tablecloth to protect your workspace, and then gather your materials:

  • Autumn leaves
  • Paints in autumnal colours (red, orange, yellow, brown) – poster paints are great!
  • White paper or canvas

Dip the leaves into the paints and let your toddler stamp them onto the paper or canvas. The result? A beautiful, nature-inspired masterpiece that captures the essence of autumn.

Nature Collages

This is one of my favourite activities with toddlers. Gather a variety of autumnal materials like leaves, acorns, pinecones, and twigs – collecting them on a nature walk adds even more fun. Provide your toddler with PVA glue, and a large piece of construction paper or cardboard. Let their imagination run wild as they create a nature collage by sticking their findings onto the paper. It’s a tactile and sensory experience that will keep them engaged whilst reminds them about how nature changes the local environment in Autumn.

Finger Painting Autumn Trees

Finger painting is a favourite among toddlers, although it can be messy! To create a vibrant autumnal tree painting, you’ll need:

  • Finger paints in shades of red, orange, yellow, and brown (or you can use poster paint)
  • White paper or canvas
  • Paper plates for mixing colours

Squirt some paint onto the paper plates and encourage your toddler to dip their fingers into the different colours. Then, have them create a tree by making handprints for the trunk and using their fingers to create branches filled with colourful leaves. It’s a messy, fun, and visually stunning way to embrace the arrival of Autumn.

Preserving the Memories

Don’t forget to date and label your toddler’s artwork. You can even frame their masterpieces to create seasonal decor that will remind you of these special moments for years to come.

By exploring autumn through art with your toddler, you’re not only encouraging their creativity but also fostering a deep appreciation for the beauty of the natural world. These simple activities will create cherished memories and beautiful keepsakes, celebrating the magic of autumn and the boundless potential of your little artist.

So, grab those paintbrushes, embrace the autumn colours, and let your toddler’s imagination run wild as you embark on an autumnal art adventure together. The world is their canvas, and with your guidance, they’ll paint it with wonder and delight.


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