Quick to make but great fun for younger children, this apple collage makes a super autumn or healthy eating craft. Make sure to protect your area and your child, because things might get a bit sticky!
Here's our collection of quick and easy Harvest crafts that children can enjoy for Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving or Canadian Thanksgiving. We've used simple craft cupboard supplies and provided a range of crafts that can be adapted for the age of your children. Many work very well as group craft activities, too.
Instead of potato printing with your kids, why not try your hand at these apple prints? Experiment with different types of apple and you might find some surprises: did you know that in some apples a star shape is formed when you cut through the centre of the apple perpendicular to the core?
Children love to paint apple trees and here is a fun, messy way to do it! The only problem with this hand-painting craft is that you have to wait for the green part of the tree to dry before adding the finger-print apples!
Younger children will enjoy practising their cutting and sticking skills to make this very effective cornucopia collage for Thanksgiving or Harvest Festival.
This Harvest Basket is an adaptable craft which can be used to make a free-standing decoration for your mantelpiece or sideboard, a greetings card, or perhaps a set of place-card holders for your Thanksgiving or Harvest table.
This Harvest Basket is a quick and easy craft but it provides the excuse for getting out the playdough to make the vegetables to fill your harvest basket! It's a lovely craft to fill up an autumn afternoon with your younger children.
Here are instructions for children to make and bake a harvest loaf out of salt dough - a fun craft for Thanksgiving or Harvest Festival. The harvest loaf was always traditionally made in a wheat sheaf shape. Some were very intricate, so you could try this craft with all ages of children.
You don't need a vegetable patch to make a scarecrow this autumn - just make one for fun with your kids! If you haven't got any old clothes that you can use, you might be able to find something inexpensive at a jumble sale or charity shop.
Here's an idea for a quick paper plate harvest basket that the children can paint and cut out. Fill it with our vegetable clipart!
Young children love cutting and sticking so this simple craft is bound to be a hit. Leave it plain for harvest or add a black face to turn it into a Jack O'Lantern for Halloween.
Our cute paper plate scarecrow craft includes all the elements loved by young children: painting, cutting, sticking and creating! These paper plate scarecrows look wonderful on display, too.
These make a super Thanksgiving or Harvest decoration, or are a fun craft for a "healthy eating" study or just for a rainy afternoon!
This potato print tractor is a fun painting activity all year round, although perhaps particularly appropriate at Harvest or Thanksgiving. It also provides a good opportunity to talk about shapes and sizes with young children.
Use this fun bubble wrap printing technique to make a corn on the cob picture. Perfect for Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa or perhaps a farming or food theme.
This pumpkin seed necklace, done in Halloween colours, makes a great accessory for Halloween and perfect for a witch's costume! Alternatively, paint in more autumnal colours and make it as an autumn/fall craft.
This salt dough apple wreath and its matching place card holders look very pretty displayed on a Thanksgiving or Harvest table, are sure to be brought out year after year. You could of course adapt the craft for other fruit and vegetables. Make sure you apply varnish if you want them to last!