Hurray! My favourite time of year is here again. I said it last year, and I am sure I will say it next year, but I LOVE autumn. I love how my bag becomes full of all the interesting looking leaves and confers that my charges find. I love that there is a chill in the air and I can pull out my warm clothes and get all cosy. And I absolutely love that I have the perfect excuse to start drinking hot chocolate with huge amounts of cream and marshmallows (not that I ever really stop drinking them).  Finally I love that I can start doing autumn crafts again. Last year we made autumnal trees using leaves we had collected from Buckingham palace, this year we are making q-tip autumn tree craft.

Make sure you follow my autumn craft board on Pinterest for more ideas.  Don’t forget to save the pin for later.

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Q-tips
  • Paintbrush

Paint on the tree truck onto the paper.

Use the q-tips dipped in paint to make the leaves.


The thing I really love (there is that word again) about doing these sorts of crafts is listening to EC and YC’s description of what they are painting.  The both have such vivid imaginations; YC was making up this whole story about green ants that were carrying the orange apples that had fallen off her tree.  It was a joy to listen to them as we painted.

As EC was paint pinecones on his tree it brought up the perfect opportunity to talk about why trees lose their leaves and why conifers don’t.

This craft may help development of:

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Knowledge of colours – through mixing the paints
  • Understanding of the life cycle of trees
  • Vocabulary
YC's finished trees, can you spot the green ants and orange apples?

YC’s finished trees, can you spot the green ants and orange apples?

EC's finished trees

EC’s finished trees

Pin for later:

q-tip autumn tree craft


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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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