Autumn Play Collection: 40 Fabulous Ideas!

Welcome to Autumn my absolute favourite season! Here are 40 fabulous ideas to get you and your kids busy this Fall!

There are so many wonderful ideas out there for this beautiful Autumnal season, so I have collected together 40 of the best from around the web to inspire us all to get playing and creating with our children!
 From play dough recipes, to sensory tubs, art and craft to outdoor play ideas, there are fabulous activities for all ages to enjoy! Enjoy!


Sparkly Painted Pumpkins by The Imagination Tree

Chalkboard Pumpkins by Messy Blessings

Wax Crayon Shaving Pumpkins by Domestic Goddesque

Rainbow Pumpkin by Creativity My Passion

                                                                                       Spin Art Leaf Garland by The Imagination Tree

Leaf Art Ideas by Rockabyebutterfly

Ideas for using Laminated Leaves by Sun Hats & Wellie Boots
Bleeding Tissue Fall Leaves by The Chocolate Muffin Tree
 Chocolate Leaves by Science Sparks
 Leaf Clay Shaped Bowls by Red Ted Art
Leaf Threading by A Little Learning for Two
Stained Glass Leaves by Mom on Time out
Lots of Leaf Crafts by Frugal Family Fun  Blog
Counting Leaves by J Daniel 4’s Mom
Play dough recipes

Autumnal Playdough by The Imagination Tree
Pumpkin Pie Playdough by Dinosaurs and Octupuses
Apple Spice Playdough by Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas 
Harvest Playdough by Sun Hats & Wellie Boots

Apple Printing & Rolling by Pre-School Play

Apple play ideas by Creative Connections for Kids
Apple Print Wreath by No Time for Flashcards
 Apple Activities by Crafty Moms Share
Easier Apple Prints by Red Ted Art

Coffee Filter Leaf Dye Tree by Dilly-Dali Art

Fall Tree Collage by One Artsy Mama

 Autumn Tree with Pumpkin Seeds by Smiling Like Sunshine

Paper Mache Autumn Tree by Learning 4 Kids
Crayon Melt Fall Trees by Let Kids Create
Autumn Handprint Tree by The Imagination Tree
Fall Paper Wreaths by Mama Pea Pod

Conkers , Seeds and Acorns

Play Cooking with Nature by Sun Hats & Wellie Boots

Chestnut Streamer Toy by Red Ted Art

 Acorn Stained Glass Windows by Toddler Approved

Conker Creatures by Mermaids’ Makings
Autumn Scavenger Hunt by Imagination Soup

Sensory Tubs

Autumn Sensory Tray by Pre-School Play

Harvest Sensory Tub by Jada Roo Can Do

Fall Sensory Bucket by A Mom With a Lesson Plan

Hauling Corn Sensory Play by Hands On: As We Grow

 I hope you have been inspired by these wonderful ideas! This should keep us all  busy until the end of November at least!


  1. says

    Thankyou so much for including us in this list, so many ideas in here I have never seen and am looking forward to trying out with my girls!

  2. says

    Really inspiring, thank you. And chocolate leaves – definitely the kind of craft project I’ll be inspiring. And I think being able to write spooky messages on chalkboard pumpkins is genius for Halloween.

  3. says

    Wow thanks for including my sensory harvest tub. I saw a awesome apple sensory tub over at pink and green mama. I am so jealous I didnt think of it first lol
    thanks agaib
    jada roo can do

  4. says

    This was a phenomenal post. I found myself inspired by all of the ideas and can’t wait to start using them (or variations of them) with my 15 month old daughter. I haven’t added an “art” component to my baby development program (you can read about the concepts at ), but you have inspired me to start working on it. I think it’s a key component that I have missed. Thank you!

  5. Lydia says

    The Creative Connections for Kids link isn’t working for me? Sad day. I’m sure there are some great ideas in there!

  6. says

    Thanks Anna; what a fantastic post, it’s got me all inspired about autumnal play. We’ve had loads of fun this week with some of the autumn ideas and still so many more ideas still to do! We loved doing the sparkly pumpkin last year so looking forward to doing that again this year.

    Also congratulations on winning the MAD blog of the year award – your blog is fantastic, I recommend it to so many people, you thoroughly deserve the award – well done! Thanks for all the hard work you put into the blog sharing your ideas and hosting It’s Playtime. Ellie xx

  7. says

    What a super collection of ideas; will definately be making some of these over the next few weeks now the weather is cooler. Always looking for new crafts for Home Schooling 😀