If you’ve ever had a perfect fall day – shining sun, yellow leaves, crunching all around – and you wished you could bottle it… well here is the PERFECT fall activity for you and your kids!
The “Fall in a Bottle” activity!
Not only is this a great way to encourage kids to explore around them and notice the things that make fall different, but it might end up being a keepsake too (I know mine is!)
So the next time you get ready to go stomp on some leaves this fall, or enjoy the cool weather on a hike with the kids, don’t forget to pack a clear plastic bottle (or atleast bring a baggie so that you have somewhere to store your kids findings!)
Now let’s check out how to do this simple kids’ fall craft, or as I like to call it, a “fall globe” (get it, like snowglobe, but it’s fall stuff inside… I know, cheesy!).
- Clear plastic bottle (water bottles are ok, but something with "panes" or less texture like an OJ bottle will make it easier to see what's inside
- Popsicle stick
- Tissue paper/markers
- Picture of your child
- Leaves, seedpods, and whatever fun fall stuff you find outside with your child!
- Get a clear plastic bottle ( with the least amount of texture as possible on the outside). Remove the label, clean and dry.
- Bring a baggie or the bottle itself on your next fall outing. Encourage your child to find "signs of fall" such as changing leaves, seedpods, etc to put in the bottle.
- Take a picture of your child before you leave jumping with hands in the air! (Any picture will work really, this just makes this craft more fun looking)
- At home, print the picture off, trim it so it's just your child, then glue it to a popsicle stick
- Cut a slit at the bottom of the plastic bottle big enough for the stick and picture to pass through. Alternatively, you could cut a flap and hot glue it in place (this is much harder... trust me!)
- Optional - Decorate the back of the outside of the bottle (IE the background) with tissue paper or other material to represent how the day was. For example, I used modge podge to put some blue tissue and orange tissue paper on the back to represent the beautiful bluebird day I had with my kiddo!
In case you were wondering what it would look like with your typical waterbottle, here it is. Really, it's fine for a classroom, I just had to change the bottle because it came out better for pictures using a bottle with a flatter, less textured viewing area.
Here are some other fall activities you’ll love to do with your kids!
- Encourage exploration and observation in your child by giving them their very own fall pocket journal!
- Make a crunchy leaf pumpkin to celebrate fall at the same time!
- Enjoy 3 different ways to celebrate fall with the family using these fall game sheets!
- Play a fun spider web game inspired by Eric Carles “The Very Busy Spider” (while practicing fine motor skills at the same time!)
- Apples are a fall favorite, but the worms do get some of them! Don’t waste the bad ones – make a fun apple pumpkin stamp instead!
- Make some cute mason jar pumpkins!
- Check out the 8 funnest fall activities to do with your kids!
- Make an easy fall paper plate wreath with your kids to celebrate the season!