My children love to do handicrafts (whoever they get it from;)) and of course we do handicrafts together on every children’s birthday party. For my son’s autumn birthday, the children made small forest landscapes, maybe that would be an idea for you.
I was really excited how the children immersed themselves in the creative work and therefore show you the results today as a craft idea for the children’s birthday party! I provided the material because of the bad weather. On a beautiful autumn day you can collect material with the children in the forest beforehand, maybe play a few games there or have a picnic and then get started at home. I would have found that super nice, but it would probably have blown the time frame, because the children actually tinkered with the houses and figures for 3.5 hours (you can see an intermediate result in the photos, after which construction was continued immediately :)).
Creative handicraft project for children: forest landscapes
My son and his friends are all between 8 and 9 years old, which would also be my age recommendation. Younger children can also build chestnut men, but I sat next to the hot glue and gave some help because you have to be really careful with it. The temptation is simply too great to quickly wipe away glue with your fingers and burn yourself in the process (that still happens to me today). Since I was supervising the gluing, nobody really got injured. During the rest of the time, the children could let off steam!
Here is a list of material for you guys that we have used. Just see what you have or can get at home! Instead of tree slices (they were sawn by my father-in-law) you can simply use wood from the hardware store.
- Tree grates
- Hand drill
- Ice cream sticks
- Craft felt
- Hot glue gun with a lot of glue sticks (one pack was not enough for us)
- Finds from the forest: chestnuts, acorns with caps, branches, moss, cones …
- Forest animals made of plastic (I still had some here and would otherwise not have gotten any, but let the children make animals;))
- Googly eyes
- Pencils that paint on any surface
- Wood scraps, preferably balsa wood (can be cut with scissors) and wooden skewers
- Cordless drill (for ambitious craftsmen)
Tips for crafting
Not every child immediately has 100 ideas when they are given a tree slice! That’s why I first explained to the children how to work with the hand drill and made little chestnuts. After a few minutes, the first sense of achievement has set in.
Then we thought about how we could make the characters comfortable. Immediately the ideas came up to build houses and tents, erect fences and make a fireplace. First the big buildings were built and then the ideas got smaller and smaller (mushrooms made from small branches with acorn caps). I had to slow down a few children because they glued such small things with the hot glue and the risk of injury increased.
The craft felt was very popular for flags, tent roofs and blankets for the residents.
Whether you attach the houses to the wooden discs is up to you, the children have tried various options: you can drill holes in the tree disc and erect wooden posts or fix everything directly with hot glue.
A boy wanted to create a snow landscape. Luckily I still had artificial snow left over from a Christmas shoot last week. That would also be a great idea for a winter birthday: a small Christmas village :).
I hope I was able to inspire you a little with craft ideas for children’s birthday parties in autumn!