turkey-590600_1920The variety of colors that appear each autumn are not only beautiful, but inspiring as well. The professionals at Lake Forrest Prep believe crafts are an excellent way for children to express their creativity, and what better muse than the scenes viewed during harvest time? Read on to discover a few fall crafts that you can put together with your kids this season.

Sparkling Leaf Ornaments

Make a few leaf ornaments to decorate an outdoor tree or to use as refrigerator magnets. Start off by creating clay leaf that will harden when left out. Simply combine one cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, and 3/4 cup of water. Use a leaf-shaped cookie cutter after rolling the clay out to fabricate your individual leaves.

Next, set the leaves aside for about 12 hours so they have time to dry out. Decorate each leaf by painting on a layer of glue and then covering that glue with glitter. Once the glue dries, all you need to do is shake off the excess glitter over a trash can.

Jack-O-Lantern with Interchangeable Faces

Instead of constructing a pumpkin that only has one face, why not design it to have multiple looks? Take a paper plate, and color it orange using either a crayon, marker, or paint. Glue a small brown rectangle to the top center of the pumpkin to represent the stem.

Now comes the fun part. Cut different shapes out of black construction paper for the Jack-O-Lantern’s eyes, nose, and mouth. Remember you want multiple looks for each. Place Velcro strips on the pumpkin where the facial pieces should go. Attach the opposite side of the Velcro strips to the shapes you cut out earlier. Give your pumpkin a face and then change it whenever you fancy!

Turkey Lunch Bag

Turn an ordinary brown paper lunch bag into a turkey. Start off by tracing your hand on a piece of dark brown construction paper, and make sure you don’t forget the thumb! The next step is to cut out and decorate your hand turkey as much as you’d like; make sure to color in his eyes, beak, and feet. You can add feathers and designs on the rest of the finger cut outs using colors like red, yellow, and orange. This will give your turkey some character!

Finish your lunch-bag turkey by gluing or taping it onto the front of the bag. Stuff with your lunch, and you’ll be ready to show everyone at school the next day!


Lake Forrest Prep, an Orlando private school, aspires to create an atmosphere where school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. We encourage parents to visit our campus blog for helpful tips or contact us for a tour of our campus!