Your Children Will Love These 3 Apple-Related Fall Activities

Fall is known as a time of color, crisp air, and the start of another school year. Another sure sign of fall is all the apples that start appearing on the ground. Fall is certainly apple season, and luckily there is a lot you and the kids can do with apples besides eat them. Here are a few ideas.

Garland

You can make a fun seasonal garland using dried slices of apple. First make ⅛” thick slices, and soak them in a mixture of lemon juice and salt. After 20 minutes, the apple slices will be preserved from the lemon juice and salt and won’t turn brown. Dry them, and sprinkle cinnamon on them. You can then bake them for 6 hours at 150 degrees. Once they are baked and feel leathery, you can string them together with fabric or ribbon. To make this look even more seasonal, use ribbons that have fall colors, and tie it up in a great big bow. You can also add in collected leaves to make it even prettier.

Cooking

Of course, apples are great tasting when you take one out of the bunch and bite into it. But there is a lot more you can do with them to have not just seasonal treats, but delicious ones as well. If you melt 25 caramel pieces with a tablespoon of water, you can make a tasty snack. Slice some apples and drop them in the melted caramel. Then, pour in some chopped peanuts. Let them cool, and you have some yummy and sweet caramel apple slices.

Another option is homemade applesauce. Cut 4 apples in quarters, and put them in a pot. Bring them to boil in about a cup of water. Once they’ve reached boiling, let them simmer until the apples turn tender. Toss in ¼ cup brown sugar, a tablespoon of butter, ⅛ of a teaspoon of nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. Heat it all up and mash it. Let it cool, and you have yourself some amazing brown sugar.

Games

There are lots of games that you can play with apples as well, such as bobbing for apples, biting an apple on a string, and having an apple pushing relay race.

When it comes to the fall favorite apple, there is so much you can do with kids to have fun and learn, too.

Making A Ginger Bread House With Children Ideas

Gingerbread House Tips for Kids – TODAY.com

Of all the favorite kitchen-crafty holiday projects, decorating a gingerbread house is second only to baking (and eating!) Christmas cookies. But skip the same old red and green gumdrops this year and check out these adorable (and original) gingerbread house tips. Holiday cheer? We think so!

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Minimalist Decorating

Tania McCartney

Forget covering your gingerbread house in mounds of candy. Instead, add elegant details with white icing, like in this creation from blogger Tania McCartney. Indulge your kiddo’s sweet tooth with chocolate nonpareils as adorable roof tiles and dust them with a blanket of sugar snow.
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Think Pink

Sweetopia

Our favorite new gingerbread house tip: Use candy in shades of the same color, like this pinkalicious palace from Marian at Sweetopia. She also offers a how-to video and a free printable gingerbread house template to make your project go more smoothly.
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Cocoa Cottages

Not Martha

Instead of making one big gingerbread house as a family, why not let each kid make his own mini house to perch on a mug of hot cocoa, like these cuties from Not Martha? Keep the decorating simple—and just on the roof —with crushed candy canes, sprinkles and sanding sugar.
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Graham Cracker Classic

One Charming Party

Attempting a decorating party? One Charming Party suggests pre-making the houses with graham crackers instead of gingerbread to save time, and using melted brown sugar as a super-strong edible glue. This way kids can get decorating right away.
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Advent Calendar

Gingerbread Snowflakes

Counting down to Christmas is extra sweet when you get to pluck a tiny sugar cookie marked with each date off the roof of a cute gingerbread house advent calendar, like this one from Pam at Gingerbread Snowflakes. Feling extra crafty? Bake sugar cookies in the shapes of hearts and people and use to decorate the rest of the house.

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Hanukkah House

Little Bits and Blogs

Sari of Little Bits and Blogs used blue, white and silver candy and icing to make a Hanukkah-themed gingerbread house. We love the little frosting yarmulke on the gingerbread man!
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Chocolate Lover’s Haven

King Arthur Flour

Cover a gingerbread house in chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! Dark squares make perfect bricks while the roof is well-shingled in chocolate drops in this luscious creation from King Arthur Flour. Just keep it cool so all that chocolate doesn’t melt.
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Fairy Tale Cottage

Sugar Craft

Shredded wheat makes a perfect thatched roof on this quaint cottage from Sugarcraft. Sugar wafer shutters, gingersnap stepping stones and ice cream cone trees complete the fairy-tale scene.

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Pioneer Log Cabin

No Me Made

Pretzel sticks give this log cabin from Kim at Cakes and Cookies an appropriately rustic vibe. A chocolate-rock (or jelly bean) chimney completes the look.
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Lighten Up

Gingerbread House Haven

Ever wondered how to get the perfect warm and cozy glow in your gingerbread house? Gingerbread House Heaven reveals the secret: windows made from melted butterscotch candies! Just crush the candies, place in the window holes of your cooled gingerbread wall, and bake. (Get the complete how-to here.) LED or Christmas lights inside your house complete the illuminated effect; just figure out where you’ll place them before it’s constructed. Yes, this one takes a little more effort, but it’s worth it!
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Father’s Day Craft Ideas

Anyone can buy a tie and call it a Father’s Day gift, but this year, why not use the occasion as an opportunity for your kids to stretch their creative muscles, create a one-of-a-kind gift and build self-esteem in the process?

Here are 29 great craft ideas to get you started. They are for a mix of all age groups and are great ways to say “I love you, Dad!”

These are perfect activities for kids to do with their nanny or babysitter too, in the days leading up to Father’s Day. So print out multiple copies of the directions and have plenty of craft supplies on hand.

Want to make Dad a card for Father’s Day too? Try these Father’s Day Cards Kids Can Make.

  1. Dad, You’re Out of This World Spaceship Craft
    Toddlers will enjoy making this special gift using colorful paper plates, sequins and glue. Make sure you have safety scissors on hand for cutting and consider picking up multiple tubes of colored glue for extra creative, rainbow fun.
  2. Father’s Day WreathFather's Day wreath 
    You’ll need to cut up an old, tailored shirt for this project, plus construct a colorful fabric bowtie. Pop this distinctive wreath on the door as a welcome home for Father’s Day, dad’s birthday or any special, coming-home occasion.
  3. Bicycle Brake Disc Clock
    The perfect clock to grace Dad’s garage, office or man cave, you won’t believe how easy the step-by-step instructions for this craft are. Kids of any age can become clock-makers, but small children will need help with measuring and gluing.
  4. Tie Key Chain
    An elegant, easy craft that requires nothing more than an old tie, scissors, glue and a key ring.
  5. Dinosaur PlanterFather's Day dinosaur planter
    Turn an old dinosaur toy into a home for a plant, with this easy idea. Perfect addition to any dad’s desk.
  6. Awesome Homemade Bookmarks with Tassels
    Adorable bookmarks featuring photos of family members are almost too special to hide within the pages of a book, but Dad will love the surprise of seeing his kid’s faces, every time he opens his favorite read.
  7. Nuts About Daddy Cashew Treat
    This is a super-easy gift idea that needs nothing more than twine, a printer and a jar of cashews. Substitute Dad’s favorite snacking nut or combine flavors like almonds, peanuts, dried cranberries or raisins in a striped design.
  8. Remote Control CookiesFather's Day remote control cookies 
    Simple to make and delicious to eat, these TV remote control cookies look like the real thing. Dad won’t know if he should use them to change the channel or dunk them in milk.
  9. Mustache Mug
    Adorable and easy to make, this is a functional and funny gift for any dad, mustachioed or not. Make sure you use an oven-safe mug.
  10. Golf Cover Sock Puppet Buddies
    Sporting a golf-or-go-home sentiment, plus some adorable googly eyes, this is the perfect gift for any dad, uncle or granddad that can’t get enough of the links.
  11. Sculpey Clay Pens
    Sure to give Dad a smile at the office, these pens, which require low-temperature oven baking, are creative, distinctive and fun to make.
  12. Dad Rocks Salt Dough Paperweight Father's Day rocks salt dough paperweight
    A wonderful last-minute craft that kids will really enjoy making, this paperweight requires supplies you most likely have on hand, like salt, flour and water. Send the kids outside to find interesting pebbles to decorate the paperweight with or, try substituting colorful, glass marbles.
  13. Father’s Day Candy Bouquet
    This easy-to-make candy bouquet is perfect for any dad who has a sweet tooth — no vase required! Turn this craft into a math lesson by letting kids pick out and pay for the candies they use to make the bouquet.
  14. Monogram Mug
    Inexpensive, eco-friendly and dishwasher safe, these monogrammed mugs are functional, distinctive and personal. Put dad’s initial on the mug or any other phrase you choose and fill it with his favorite treat, like caramels, peppermints or an assortment of tea bags.
  15. Father’s Day Trophy Father's Day trophy
    These trophies are too cute and are great for kids of every age to make. You can personalize it with whatever craft items you have laying around.
  16. I Love You Because…” Picture Frame
    This adorable keepsake will tug at any dad’s heartstrings. Just add heartfelt photos and mementos for a special gift.
  17. Custom Cuff Links
    Use Shrinky Dink paper and blank cuff links to create a customized look for Dad. Use family photos or choose pictures of his favorite hobby or profession to create a unique look.
  18. Picture Puzzle
    Try this fun take on a puzzle with this easy Popsicle stick craft. It’s also a fun activity for kids to do with Dad on Father’s Day.
  19. Monogrammed Painted Hammer
    This practical craft can be tailored to your child’s age. Younger kids can finger paint the hammer or use markers to decorate it. Older kids can become creative with more complicated design work. Patience is required for drying time, supplying a great lesson for preschoolers.
  20. Candy Bar Letter
    Kids will enjoy making this hilarious gift just as much as Dad will enjoy receiving it. This is a fun gift for siblings to design and create together.
  21. Lego Cufflinks Lego Cufflinks
    Use Legos, Scrabble tiles or any other distinctive, daddy-cool collectible you can think of to create this one-of-a-kind, wearable-art.
  22. Father’s Day Car Kit
    Give Dad a personalized kit of items he can really use on the road, from flashlights to band aids. Iron-on downloaded appliques are all that’s required to create this one-of-a-kind, functional gift.
  23. Dad, You’re a Cut Above the Rest Shaving Kit
    A free craft that relies on a downloaded printables, this shaving kit reminds Dad of your feelings for him every time he shaves.
  24. Superhero Comic Book Coasters
    Wondering what to do with those old comic books? Consider using them to make these great coasters for Father’s Day. This unique craft project will require Mod Podge and a well-worth-it trip to the hardware store.
  25. Daddy: A Son’s First Hero, A Daughter’s First Love PlaqueFather's Day sign
    This sentimental, print-out plaque requires a 2×10 wooden board, wood stain, furniture tacks and a hammer. It’s a great project for teens and tweens or, for younger kids with adult supervision.
  26. Easy Fleece iPad Cozy
    Cutting and sewing make this versatile craft project a perfect opportunity for kids to work on their fine motor skills. Pick up some fleece (or other cushy fabric) in Dad’s favorite color to sew this iPad cover. It will not only create a distinctive look, but also safeguard his favorite toy from damage.
  27. Father’s Day Tie
    If an actual tie it must be, go for a homemade beauty like the ones featured in this DIY craft, perfect for those experienced in stitchery or for fledgling sewers with adult supervision.Anyone can buy a tie and call it a Father’s Day gift, but this year, why not use the occasion as an opportunity for your kids to stretch their creative muscles, create a one-of-a-kind gift and build self-esteem in the process?Here are 29 great craft ideas to get you started. They are for a mix of all age groups and are great ways to say “I love you, Dad!”These are perfect activities for kids to do with their nanny or babysitter too, in the days leading up to Father’s Day. So print out multiple copies of the directions and have plenty of craft supplies on hand.

Kid’s Valentine Craft Ideas

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse for a crafty session with the kids – after all there is nothing better than getting a little something made by someone you love! In some parts of the world it is traditional that a child takes a little Valentine card or gift in for every other child in the class, and if this is the case in your neck of the woods we’ve got lots of suitable ideas below.

Beaded Ornament

Beaded Ornament

This beaded ornament is fun for kids to make for Valentine’s Day or Christmas – it looks very pretty hung on a tree or in the window – or you could even make a miniature version as a pendant!

Butterfly Magnet

Butterfly Magnet

This butterfly magnet makes a cute craft for kids for Valentine’s Day – perfect for cheering up the front of the fridge!

Coffee Filter Rose

Coffee Filter Rose

Children can try making this pretty coffee filter rose for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day – it’s so pretty, who wouldn’t be happy to receive it!

Cup And Ball Lovebug

Cup And Ball Lovebug

Kids can make this cup and ball lovebug craft for Valentine’s Day or any time they want to make something for someone they love!

Felt Candy Bag

Felt Candy Bag

Here is a cute idea for a Valentine’s Day craft to do with your kids.

Felt Heart Decorations

Felt Heart Decorations

Make these beautiful felt heart decorations with your children and have a beautiful Christmas tree decoration to hang every year!

Felt Heart Pillow

Felt Heart Pillow

Children can practise their sewing skills to make this pretty felt heart pillow – then decorate it with odds and ends to make it really special.

Felt Needle Case

Felt Needle Case

The needle case in the photo has been created for Valentine’s Day, but you could obviously adapt this craft for other times of the year.

Glitter Glue Window Display

Glitter Glue Window Display

This craft can of course be adapted for all sorts of holidays and events, but we’ve done it here for Valentine’s Day.

Handprint Heart

Handprint Heart

If your child prints a handprint heart, it will be yours forever! These make a super quick craft activity for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day and a lovely keepsake, too.

Heart Boxes

Heart Boxes

We used papier mache heart-shaped boxes from the craft store and decorated them for Valentine’s Day – an easy valentines craft for kids!

Heart Flower

Heart Flower

This heart flower makes a quick and easy Valentine’s Day craft activity for kids.

Heart Fridge Magnet

Heart Fridge Magnet

Here’s a handmade kids craft which anyone would be proud to display on their fridge – perfect for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.

Heart Man

Heart Man

This little heart man is a super quick craft for kids at Valentine’s Day – fun as a magnet for the fridge, a badge, the front of a card, a key ring – or just to give as he is.

Heart Mask

Heart Mask

This Heart mask is perfect for kids to make and wear on Valentine’s Day. Start by cutting a pointed heart shape out of card.

Heart Photo Frame

Heart Photo Frame

This heart photo frame is a pretty way to display a favourite photo for your Valentine!

Heart Plaque Key Ring

Heart Plaque Key Ring

Here’s a sweet craft for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day which the kids will enjoy – and it looks very pretty!

Heart Plaque Necklace

Heart Plaque Necklace

This pretty necklace, with a heart plaque made from polymer clay, would be a fun craft activity for Valentines Day, Mother’s Day – or anytime!

Heart Template Card

Heart Template Card or Picture

This simple idea is great fun for the kids, and of course can be adapated using all sorts of templates. How about a Christmas tree, a flower, a simple butterfly or a summer sun?

Homemade Heart Bead Necklace

Homemade Heart Bead Necklace

Here’s a pretty Homemade Heart Bead Necklace using polymer clay that kids will enjoy making for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day – or themselves!

Ladybug Magnet

Ladybug Magnet

This cute ladybug magnet is perfect as a little gift on Valentine’s Day, but can be used for Mother’s Day or other occasions.

Love Bracelets

Love Bracelets

Quick and simple to make, these little Love Bracelets make great Valentine’s Day gifts for friends, family and sweethearts!

Love Wreath

Love Wreath

Make this “love wreath” for Valentine’s Day so that your child can spend some time thinking about all the people (and things) that they love.

Lovebird Craft

Lovebird Craft

This pretty lovebird craft is great for Valentine’s Day. Try it as a class or group project and fill your classroom with gorgeous lovebirds!

Lovebug Card

Lovebug Card

Make this cute “lovebug card” out of many different sized heart shapes – fun for kids of all ages.

Lovebug Craft

Lovebug Craft

Children will enjoy making this cute little lovebug for Valentine’s Day – it’s perfect to give to friends and family!

Lovebug Lollipop

Lovebug Lollipop

This lovebug lollipop is a perfect little Valentine gift for children to give to classmates or friends on Valentine’s Day.

Lovespoon Crafts

Lovespoon Crafts

The giving of lovespoons dates back to the 17th Century. Traditionally, they we given by young men to young ladies in the hope that they would lead to courtship or engagement.

Loveworm Bookmark

Loveworm Bookmark

Make this loveworm bookmark craft for kids for Valentine’s Day – he’s cute, quick and fun and makes a sweet gift!

Marble Heart Card

The finished card is so pretty, I wish our photos did it justice!

Marbled Heart

Marbled Heart

Sam enjoyed watching the paint colours run together when we were doing this Valentines craft. It was a bonus when we discovered the heart looked pretty in the window as a suncatcher!

Marbled Heart Plate

Marbled Heart Plate

We’ve tried an unusual technique for this plate which made the design rather exciting! Of course you could adapt this for all sorts of events and use different shapes and pictures.

Origami Heart

Origami Heart

An origami heart is fun to make all year round, but of course it is perfect for Valentine’s Day too!

Paper Heart Pillow

Paper Heart Pillow

Little kids will have fun making and painting this paper heart pillow. All you need is some newspaper and lots of paint!

Pipe Cleaner Hearts

Pipe Cleaner Hearts

These pipe cleaner hearts are a simple little craft for kids for Valentine’s Day, but they are fun to make and very effective. A good craft for all ages.

Puffy Paint Heart

Puffy Paint Heart

Puffy paint is always a fun activity, especially when you mix it up yourself! And a heart is a simple shape for all children to manage.

Ribbon Heart Key Ring

Ribbon Heart Key Ring

This makes a cute gift for kids to make for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day – or just for themselves! It looks pretty hanging on a pencil case or satchel.

Rubber Stamped Photo Frame

Rubber Stamped Photo Frame

This quick and easy clay photo frame is incredibly effective, and children will enjoy experimenting with the patterns they can make.

Suncatcher Heart

Suncatcher Heart

This suncatcher heart looks very pretty displayed in a sunny window! This is a good craft for little children.

Suncatcher Heart 2

Suncatcher Heart 2

Here’s a pretty suncatcher heart to display in your window for Valentine’s Day. Children will enjoy tearing the tissue paper and creating their design.

Sweetheart Collage

Sweetheart Collage

This is such a simple Valentine craft idea, but effective! Little children especially love scrunching up tissue paper, and even the youngest can get involved.

Tissue Paper Flowers

Tissue Paper Flowers

With this tissue paper flowers craft idea, kids of all ages can produce a stunning bouquet of very pretty flowers quickly and easily!

Tissue Paper Rose

Tissue Paper Rose

Children will enjoy making this tissue paper rose, which makes a sweet little home-made gift for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day or a pretty craft for a summer theme.

Twirly Heart Mobile

Twirly Heart Mobile

This twirly heart mobile is made from card with some simple cutting techniques. It looks very pretty and effective when hung in a breezy spot!

Valentine Bag

Valentine Bag

Here’s a really special recycling and sewing craft that results in a really special gift. We’ve themed ours for Valentine’s Day but of course you could adapt this in many ways.

Valentine Card Box

Valentine Card Box

This Valentine Card Box is fun for kids to make – and it will be a very useful storage place for the many Valentine’s Day cards they will receive!

Valentine Card Collection Box

Valentine Card Collection Box

This is an easy craft for kids of all ages using supplies that you will have lying around your house. Of course you can adapt it to suit what you have at hand.

Valentine Crown

Valentine Crown

Here is a quick and simple Valentine craft which can be adapted to suit the materials you have to hand and the ages of the children.

Valentine Fan Craft

Valentine Fan Craft

Our Valentine Fan is a fun idea for Valentine’s Day – and it’s quick and easy to make, too!

Valentine Holder

Valentine Holder

The Valentine Holder in the photo has been created for Valentine’s Day, but you could obviously adapt this craft for other times of the year – perhaps for favourite birthday cards?

Valentine Lollipop Holder

Valentine Lollipop Holder

Kids can make these to give to friends and family on Valentine’s Day – a sweet valentine treat!

Valentine Mobile

Valentine Mobile

This pretty mobile is made by recycling a kitchen roll or loo rolls. It looks so pretty hanging in the window!

Valentine Shaker Bottles

Valentine Shaker Bottles

Children love to make these Valentine shaker bottles! They make a fun, inexpensive and easy group activity for a Valentine’s Day party too!

Valentine Straw

Valentine Straw

Dress up your Valentine’s Day with these fun Valentine drinking straws!

Valentine's Day Placemat

Valentine’s Day Placemat

Your children can weave this Valentine’s Day placemat in pretty colours to decorate the table on Valentine’s Day.

Woven Heart Craft

Woven Heart Craft

This pretty woven heart craft is a little tricky to master but very effective – and once you’ve made one, you’ll want to try more!

 

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