Fall Crafts for Kids with Nerdy Parents

Fall is coming soon and then Winter will be right behind (well maybe not for the South). Long afternoons spent in the backyard will soon be a thing of the past, and I know you’re wondering what to do with the wild animals running through your house. 

Arts and crafts, obviously!

We’re a little nerdy and therefore so are our children. These slightly geeky, and easy, fall crafts for kids will be a lifesaver on a snow day, rainy day, or when it's simply too chilly to play in the Fall leaves.

Is your little guy or girl obsessed with the Avengers or the Justice League? Do they want to be astronauts when they grow up? Then they will LOVE these cute cardboard crafts for kids.

Superhero Toilet Paper Rolls

These superheros let them practice fine motor skills with their child-safe scissors-- great for toddlers. Grab some construction paper, some toilet paper or paper towel rolls, and go wild. Strips of different colored construction paper wrapped around the rolls easily creates whatever character your little geeklet’s heart desires. 

You can tuck in the top of the rolls to create Batman’s ears, you can glue an extra piece of black paper to the top of one to make Wonder Woman’s hair. You can even paint the rolls to make them more like a character. Painting the roll green would make a great Hulk, for example. 

Fall Crafts for Kids Superhero Toilet Paper Rolls

If you really want to be an overachiever you can print out little versions of the heroes or villains logos to glue on their chest or belt. Not only are these a great use for otherwise trashed toilet paper or paper towel rolls, they’re a cost effective supplement to the large collection of dolls and action figures I know is growing in your house. 

They’re also a super sweet keepsake. You can even hole punch them and tie a loop on them with yarn to hang on the Christmas tree.

Cardboard Space Shuttle

I found several ADORABLE cardboard crafts for kids, but these space shuttles may be the biggest hit! Continuing with our theme of using what we already have (reduce, reuse, recycle!), this paper craft makes use of empty toilet paper rolls and cereal boxes.

Basically, you want to use the toilet paper roll to gauge the size of your cereal box wings. The shape is essentially a rounded triangle that indents on the two long sides. The “nose” of the ship should extend a little further out than the front of the toilet paper roll and the back of the toilet paper roll should extend further than the “tail” of the ship.

Fall Crafts for Kids Space Shuttle Toilet Paper Roll

To make the cockpit of the ship, cut a rectangle or oval toward the nose of the ship out of the top of the toilet paper roll. (This will make a perfect place for G.I Joe to sit on his trip to the Moon later.)

Then, use your hot glue gun to attach the toilet paper roll to the top of the base of the shuttle. Let your kids paint or color their shuttles to their heart’s content. One of the best things about this craft is that they are super sturdy and can handle several hours of “missions” --which my kids are over the Moon about. I’m sorry. I had to.

Fossil Cookies

We know, you came here looking for "cardboard crafts for kids", but this still falls into the "fall crafts for kids" category! Plus, baking with the kiddos is always something everyone can enjoy.

Be sure to memorize the sight of their little feet standing on chairs to reach the counter. This way, you’ll have something to cry about after you drop them off at college one day.

Try to impress upon them little nuggets of baking wisdom that have been passed down to you-- you’ll be surprised what they will remember! 

I love the smell of the house after a warm batch of cookies comes out of the oven. I swear it smells more like a home with the scent of vanilla wafting through the air. 

Personally, I cherish the memories I have of making “tea cakes” with my grandmother in her kitchen and I know that I am creating those memories for my little ones too. They will grow up and move on and have less and less time to spend with their mom in the kitchen, but they will always have the memories of us making silly fossil cookies. 

What kid doesn’t LOVE pretending to be a paleontologist discovering a long lost fossil while digging in the backyard? 

Maybe it’s just us! Of course, our son wants to be a Veterinary Paleontologist Zookeeper. He’s watched Jurassic Park too many times and wants to find fossils, bring them back to life, then take care of them at the zoo. 

Fall Crafts for Kids Fossile Cookies

Back to the cookies!

These super simple “fossils” from Martha Stewart are perfect for your aspiring archaeologist to munch down on between digs. The original recipe calls for walnuts but you can leave those out and follow a plain sugar cookie recipe if your little is nut sensitive. 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Cup walnuts, toasted
  • Salt 
  • ¾ Cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 2 ¼ Cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pulse walnuts in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer to a bowl, and whisk in flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  2. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla with a mixer on high speed until pale and fluffy. Reduce speed to low, and gradually beat in walnut mixture.

  3. Divide dough into 18 1½ balls, and press into irregular stone shapes using the palm of your hand; transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. 

  4. Dust food-safe, plastic insects, sea shells, or the feet of plastic dinosaurs, whatever you want to “dig up” with flour to coat; press into dough to make fossil impressions.

  5. Freeze until dough is very firm, 20-30 minutes.

  6. Bake until golden brown and firm in the center. 25-28 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack, and let cool.

  7. Enjoy!

So that’s it! Gather your little geeklets and try these Fall crafts for kids! I hope you and your kiddos enjoy these nerdy arts and crafts as much as we do!

Thanks for reading. Let us know how things went, in the comments below!


Thomas Moore

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