Paper Plate Fall Tree Craft: A Colorful Celebration of Autumn!

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Ah, fall! That magical time of year when every leaf becomes a canvas painted with nature’s vibrant hues. As the outdoors is bursting with golds, reds, and oranges, we think it’s time to bring some of that autumnal magic indoors. And what better way than with a delightful, hands-on craft? Enter our Paper Plate Fall Tree craft—a simple, yet visually stunning project perfect for little hands eager to celebrate the season!

Now, who said trees only grow outdoors? With our easy-to-follow guide, kids (and kids at heart!) will soon be planting forests of autumn trees right in their living rooms. Ready to put on your crafting hats and rustle up some fall foliage?

Materials You’ll Need

  • Paper plate
  • Colorful leaves (real or artificial)
  • Brown foam sheet or construction paper
  • Glue
  • Crayons
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Let’s Craft Our Autumnal Tree

  1. Laying The Foliage: Start by taking your paper plate as the backdrop. Now, take those vibrant leaves and begin to glue them onto the plate. Think of it as creating the lush canopy of your tree.
  1. Layering Up: For a fuller and more dynamic tree, layer your leaves. It gives depth and dimension, making your tree truly pop! You can also cut the stems of the leaves.
  1. Creating The Trunk: Here’s a personal touch! Trace your arm and hand on the brown foam sheet or construction paper. This becomes the trunk and branches of your tree. Once you’ve got a shape you’re happy with, cut it out.
  2. Branch Out: Glue your hand-and-arm cutout onto the paper plate and leaves, positioning it so it looks like the branches are peeking out from under the colorful leaves.

Tips For a Terrific Paper Plate Fall Tree

  • Sticky Business: When gluing your leaves, be generous. A little extra glue (or a lot) ensures they stick well and stay put, especially if you’re layering them.
  • Mix and Match: Don’t be shy about mixing different types and colors of leaves. The more variety, the more vibrant your tree will look!
  • Personal Touch: Decorating the tree trunk with crayons can add a touch of personality. Maybe a cute owl sticker!

Skills Sprouting Through This Craft

  1. Fine Motor Skills: From tracing to cutting, kids hone their hand-eye coordination and dexterity.
  2. Creativity: Choosing leaf colors, arranging them, and decorating the tree trunk allows children to express their artistic flair.
  3. Understanding Nature: This craft offers a chance to discuss the changing seasons, why leaves change color, and the different types of trees.

And there you have it—a splash of fall, right in your home! This Paper Plate Fall Tree craft is not just about creating a piece of art; it’s about celebrating the beauty of change and the wonders of nature. So next time you’re looking for a fun afternoon activity, remember: the forest is just a paper plate away. Happy crafting, everyone!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 2 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is low.

Difficulty to Create 


Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

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Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

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Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

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Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles tha. t show them how to think outside the box.

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TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 aired in August 2023! My show was also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Curious Crafting Season 1 is also now airing in Australia on ABC! Watch it here!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

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The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids

Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.

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