2. Apple Stamps
This is an oldie but goodie in my book. Just chop an apple in half (through the middle, not stem to end) and the center seeds make a star shape. Dip the cut edges in paint and stamp away. My kids loved this because it’s novel; I only bust this out when apples are on our tree ready for picking.
3. Marshmallow Stamps
We were munching on mallows while crafting and Henry used his as a stamp (just a regular sized marshmallow). Again, they loved it because it was novel and it worked incredibly well.
One of the things that I liked about marshmallow stamping was that it was easy to assign one marshmallow to each color of paint. Sometimes the only paintings I have on my fridge are brownish-black because the kids just swirl all the colors together when painting with a brush. The marshmallows were fat enough for my fifteen-month-old to manage on his own too; I just had to make sure he didn’t eat what he was painting with!
The marshmallow stamps would make great fall leaves on a tree or apples the kids could add a stem to if you are wanting a little more than polka-dots
4. Painted Clay Shapes/Magnets
I love Pinterest (you can find me here). I found a really neat clay, similar to salt dough, but the result is much nicer and pure white. It’s made by cooking baking soda, corn starch, and water on the stove until it makes a dough. I rolled it out like cookies and then used cookie cutters to cut fall shapes (apples, leaves, pumpkins). You just bake the clay in the oven to harden it and you are ready to paint. The recipe and detailed instructions on the great plain white modeling clay can be found at The Woodside Kitchen. I’m planning a full tutorial on it later because I liked it so much.
I glued a round magnet to the back of these and we are sending them to my sister in Argentina. I think she’ll like a little fall fridge art even though it is super-duper hot there.
These are quick, easy, and I’m sure you have all the stuff at home to do them. Just lay out all the supplies, whip up of a batch of homemade graham crackers for a snack, turn on your favorite Halloween tunes, and surprise your kids when they walk in the door from school. You’ll have a fridge full of art before dinner.
If you try any of these I’d love to know about it. Thanks so much for reading and happy crafting to you.