Fall Crafts for Kids

If there is one thing occupational therapists love, it’s crafts to develop skills, and these Fall crafts for kids are just that! These fall themed crafts support development of skills in all the best ways this Fall! Use the best of the season this time of year with Fall leaf crafts, Halloween crafts, ghost crafts, pumpkin crafts, and more in occupational therapy sessions, or to build skills at home!

Fall crafts for kids

Fall Crafts for Kids

Some of our top picks for building skills are sorted out by theme. You’ll love these fall crafts that support development of skills in kids:

  • Autumn Art Activities– includes sensory painting, fingerprint art, painting leaves, corn husk painting, and more.
  • Fall Fine Motor Activities– Work on precision, pincer grasp, tripod grasp, hand strength, hand-eye coordination, and more with these fall themed activities that are perfect for OT sessions or therapy at home.
  • Fall Tree Crafts– This set of craft ideas include leaves and all the beautiful colors of the trees during this autumn season.
  • Halloween Occupational Therapy Activities– Pick the activities that meet the needs of your OT clients to support development of fine motor, gross motor, sensory motor, and visual motor skills.
  • Fall Occupational Therapy Activities– This mini e-book describes OT activities to support sensory and motor development this time of year.
  • Turkey Crafts for Kids– This time of year, turkeys, feathers, and Thanksgiving crafts are great ways to develop fine motor skills with a fun theme!
  • Thankful Turkey Templates– These free printables can be used in so many ways to work on scissor skills and fine motor skills. Includes a gratitude turkey cut out, too.

Easy Fall Crafts Kids

Let’s break down these fall craft ideas to help you find just the craft that supports the development of skills.

Fall leaf craft

Fall Leaf Sewing Craft– This Fall craft for older kids builds fine motor skills.

This fall craft idea supports development of:

  • bilateral coordination
  • crossing midline
  • eye hand coordination
  • pincer grasp
Fall craft with a gratitude garland

Gratitude Leaf Garland– Cut out the paper leaves and write things you are thankful for this Fall.

This fall craft supports development of:

  • scissor skills
  • crossing midline
  • hand strength
  • handwriting
Cute pumpkin craft for fine motor skills

This Fine Motor Pumpkin craft develops precision, pincer grasp, and tip to tip grasp.

This fall pumpkin craft supports development of:

  • scissor skills
  • precision
  • dexterity
  • eye hand coordination

Thanksgiving suncatcher craft

Make this gratitude suncatcher craft for a window craft that brings color to the drab Fall weather.

This autumn craft supports development of:

  • scissor skills
  • handwriting
  • working on a vertical plane
  • sensory motor input

Pumpkin seed craft idea using dyed pumpkin seeds

Dye pumpkin seeds and use them to make mosaics, suncatchers, and more.

This pumpkin seed craft supports development of:

  • pincer grasp
  • eye-hand coordination
  • tactile play
  • sensory motor input

Sunflower craft made from a cupcake liner

This sunflower cupcake liner craft is a fun fine motor activity for fall. Add this to a sunflower theme for therapy this Fall!

This fall craft supports development of:

  • pincer grasp
  • scissor skills
  • planning and prioritization
  • problem solving

Harvest craft made with bottle caps

These cute harvest bottle cap crafts are a great fine motor math activity for the Fall season.

This fall and harvest craft supports development of:

  • executive functioning skills
  • scissor skills
  • planning and prioritization
  • problem solving

scarecrow craft for a farm activities theme

Use this scarecrow craft as a math activity for the Fall and to develop fine motor skills.

This autumn scarecrow craft supports development of:

  • fine motor skills
  • scissor skills
  • planning and prioritization
  • problem solving

School bus craft for Fall

Fall means back-to-school and that’s where this school bus craft comes into play.

This fall craft supports development of:

  • scissor skills
  • planning and prioritization
  • problem solving

Cute racoon craft

This cute racoon craft doubles as a fine motor activity and a fun hands-on math activity for kids.

This craft supports development of:

  • scissor skills
  • graded precision
  • hand strength
  • problem solving

Bat craft for fall

Use this bat craft to work on scissor skills and handwriting!

This bat craft supports development of:

  • scissor skills
  • handwriting
  • tactile sensory play

Stellaluna craft

Speaking of bat crafts, this Stellaluna craft is perfect for the Fall season.

This Stellaluna craft supports development of:

  • scissor skills
  • handwriting
  • visual scanning
  • visual discrimination skills

Pumpkin craft made with toilet paper tube.

Recycled Paper Roll Pumpkin Stamp Art– Make stamps using a toilet paper roll and create pumpkin stamps

This pumpkin craft supports development of:

  • tactile sensory play
  • pincer grasp
  • tripod grasp
  • hand grasp
  • graded grasp and release

Pumpkin seed suncatcher craft

Dyed Pumpkin Seed Sun catchers are perfect for pincer grasp with a Fall pumpkin seed theme.

This craft supports development of:

  • tactile sensory play
  • pincer grasp
  • tripod grasp
  • eye-hand coordination
  • graded grasp and release

Autumn craft idea for preschoolers-leaf placemat

Make a Leaf Placemat Craft which is the perfect autumn craft ideas for preschoolers.

This craft supports development of:

  • proprioceptive input
  • tactile sensory play
  • tactile sensory play
  • eye-hand coordination
Turkey napkin ring craft

Turkey Napkin and Silverware Ring craft– This is great for a harvest with kids.

This craft supports development of:

  • precision skills
  • pincer grasp
  • arch development
  • eye-hand coordination
Cardboard turkey craft that doubles as a juicebox cover and an oral sensory tool

Turkey Juice box Cover– These are so cute for a kids Thanksgiving table.

This craft supports development of:

  • precision skills
  • pincer grasp
  • eye-hand coordination
  • scissor skills
Paper towel roll turkey craft

Recycled Paper Roll Turkey Stamp Craft– Grab a recycled toilet paper roll and make these turkey stamps.

This craft supports development of:

  • tactile sensory play
  • pincer grasp
  • eye-hand coordination
  • scissor skills
  • planning and prioritization
Corn husk painting

Corn husk art is a fun way to celebrate the season. This Corn Husk Stamping is a sensory art activity kids love.

This craft supports development of:

  • tactile sensory play
  • pincer grasp
  • eye-hand coordination
Ghost craft

This ghost craft is a powerful fine motor activity for kids and develops scissor skills and hand strength.

This craft supports development of:

  • scissor skills
  • hand strength
  • arch development
  • bilateral coordination
Ghost craft made from bread ties

Use bread ties to make mini ghosts from bread ties! They are so cute in a Fall sensory bin.

This craft supports development of:

  • precision skills
  • sensory play
  • crossing midline
  • bilateral coordination
Ghost craft made from milk cartons

Use recycled milk cartons to make this Ghost Catch Craft and Game. It’s a great tool for gross motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and core strengthening and stability.

This craft supports development of:

  • gross grasp
  • eye hand coordination
  • posture
  • upper body strength
Pumpkins made from egg cartons

These Egg Carton Pumpkins are always fun to make and to use in fall sensory bins!

This craft supports development of:

  • precision
  • hand strength
  • tactile sensory play
  • hand strength
Pumpkin emotional development activity

Identifying and Expressing Emotions Pumpkin Craft is a great Fall craft for toddlers and preschoolers.

This craft supports development of:

  • social emotional development
  • learning emotions
  • eye hand coordination
  • crossing midline
  • visual motor skills

Baked cotton balls turned into apples

Did you ever make baked cotton balls? These apple baked cotton balls are so much fun!

This craft supports development of:

  • tactile sensory play
  • scissor skills
  • pincer grasp
  • tripod grasp
  • hand strength
  • following directions
Apple stamps

This apple stamp art is fun for kids and great for developing visual perceptual skills.

This craft supports development of:

  • visual perceptual skills
  • hand grasp
  • eye-hand coordination
  • tactile sensory play
Toilet paper tube apple art

Recycled Paper Roll Apple Stamps are fun for a Fall apple theme.

This craft supports development of:

  • tactile sensory play
  • eye-hand coordination
  • graded grasp and release
  • direction following
Pumpkin activity kit
Pumpkin Fine Motor Kit

Grab the Pumpkin Fine Motor Kit for more coloring, cutting, and eye-hand coordination activities with a Pumpkin theme! It includes:

  • 7 digital products that can be used any time of year- has a “pumpkins” theme
  • 5 pumpkin scissor skills cutting strips
  • Pumpkin scissor skills shapes- use in sensory bins, math, sorting, pattern activities
  • 2 pumpkin visual perception mazes with writing activity
  • Pumpkin “I Spy” sheet – color in the outline shapes to build pencil control and fine motor strength
  • Pumpkin Lacing cards – print, color, and hole punch to build bilateral coordination skills
  • 2 Pumpkin theme handwriting pages – single and double rule bold lined paper for handwriting practice

Work on underlying fine motor and visual motor integration skills so you can help students excel in handwriting, learning, and motor skill development.

You can grab this Pumpkin Fine Motor kit for just $6!

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

Fall crafts for kids