The fall season is a wonderful time for preschoolers to engage in creative and educational activities that celebrate the beauty of autumn. One such activity that combines the joy of crafting with valuable learning experiences is making a Fall Paper Plate Wreath Craft for Preschoolers. This delightful paper plate fall wreath not only results in a charming decoration but also offers a host of benefits for preschoolers. Let’s explore how fall activities contribute to early childhood development and then dive into the specific skills that preschoolers can learn while creating this easy and fun fall wreath.

DIY wreath craft for fall.

Recommended Grade Level:

Fall Paper Plate Wreath Craft Supplies:

  • Paper Plate
  • Faux Fall Leaves
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hole Punch
  • String

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Learning with Preschool Fall Activities

FALL CRAFTS FOR TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOL

EASY FALL WREATHS AND OTHER CRAFTS ARE A GREAT WAY TO ENGAGE YOUNG LEARNERS. THEY WON’T EVEN REALIZE ALL THE VALUABLE SKILLS THEY ARE PRACTICING WHILE MAKING THESE BEAUTIFUL LEAF WREATHS.

Fall is a season of transformation, as trees shed their leaves, and the world turns into a tapestry of warm hues. Engaging preschoolers in fall activities helps them learn and grow in various ways.

Fall crafts for kids often revolve around natural elements like leaves, pumpkins, and acorns. This exposes preschoolers to the wonders of the natural world and encourages them to appreciate and respect the environment.

Many fall craft ideas, including our paper plate wreath for kids, involve cutting, hot gluing, and arranging small items. These activities promote the development of fine motor skills, helping children refine their hand-eye coordination and dexterity.

Autumn crafts allow preschoolers to express their creativity and imagination. They can experiment with colors, patterns, and designs, which fosters self-expression and boosts confidence.

Collaborative fall activities, such as group leaf-collecting outings or crafting sessions, help preschoolers learn important social skills like sharing, taking turns, and working together.

  • What colors can you find in the leaves you’re using for your wreath for fall?
  • Can you create a pattern with the fall leaves on your wreath?
  • How would you like to arrange the leaves on your paper plate wreath for fall to make it unique?
  • What shapes can you see in the leaves you’re using for your autumn wreath? Can you point out any that look similar?
Filling up the paper plate wreath with colorful leaves.

What Can Preschoolers Learn While Making a Colorful Fall Leaf Wreath Craft?

EASY FALL CRAFT ACTIVITY FOR PRESCHOOL

THIS FALL WREATH PRESCHOOL CRAFT OFFERS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE. KIDS WILL PRACTICE IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS AS THEY CREATE THE PAPER PLATE FALL CRAFT.

Creating an easy fall wreath paper plate craft is a hands-on experience that offers a multitude of learning opportunities for preschoolers. As they embark on this fall paper plate craft project, they can develop or enhance the following skills:

Supplies for the fall wreath craft.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Create Fall-Themed Crafts?

Creating a fall leaf wreath for kids encourages creativity, fosters an appreciation for nature, and helps develop fine motor skills. Fall crafts for preschool not only spark artistic expression but also provide a valuable opportunity for learning and self-expression during this colorful and transformative time of the year.

Fine Motor

Creating a fall leaf crafts involves cutting, squeezing a hot glue gun, and arranging small items like leaves, which helps children refine their hand-eye coordination and dexterity as they manipulate the materials with precision.

Color Recognition

Selecting and arranging leaves of different colors on the wreath helps preschoolers identify and name colors, promoting color recognition and vocabulary development.

Patterns

Preschoolers can develop an understanding of patterns by arranging fall colors on their wreath in specific sequences, enhancing their ability to identify and replicate patterns in various contexts.

Make Connections

Making an apple craft or leaf wreath is a canvas for preschoolers to express their creativity and unique ideas as they decide how to arrange the leaves and personalize their wreath, boosting their self-expression and imagination.

How to Make This Leaf Wreath With a Paper Plate

Step One:

Poke a hole in the middle of the plate with the scissors. Then, cut around the circle portion of the paper plate. Discard the middle section. 

Cutting out the center of the paper plate for the leaf wreath.

Step Two:

Punch a hole in the paper plate before gluing any leaves on. 

Punching a hole for hanging the fall leaves wreath.

Step Three:

Pour some glue on the plate and place a leaf down. Continue doing this around the plate and place the desired pattern for the leaves around the plate (based on what type of leaves or colors the leaves are.)

Gluing leaves onto the paper plate wreath.

Step Four:

To help the leaves stick to the plate and dry well, place a weighted object on top to help it to stick until it dries. 

Filling up the paper plate wreath with colorful leaves.

Step Five:

Tie a string to the wreath and display!  

Finished paper plate fall wreath.

Leaf Garland

String faux fall leaves onto a garland to create a festive decoration for mantels, doorways, or walls, bringing autumn vibes into your home.

Leaf Pressing

Use faux leaves in combination with paper and a heavy book to create pressed leaf art, preserving the beauty of the season for longer.

Leaf Collage

Let children arrange and glue faux leaves onto paper to make vibrant and textured autumn-themed collages, fostering creativity.

Placemats

Laminate faux leaves between clear contact paper to make seasonal placemats for the dining table, adding a touch of fall to mealtime.

Luminaries

Create faux leaf luminaries by adhering leaves to glass jars or candle holders and placing tea lights inside, casting a warm autumn glow in your living space.

Leaf Mobile

Craft a hanging mobile by suspending faux fall leaves at varying lengths from a wooden or wire frame, creating a beautiful decorative piece that captures the essence of autumn as it gently sways in the breeze.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion.Β 

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