5 cheap craft ideas to keep the kids busy during Autumn Break

Autumn Break starts next Monday and with Autumn weather upon us, it gets harder to keep the children happy during their time off without spending a lot of money on day trips and toys.

These 6 craft ideas will keep them busy without digging a hole in your pocket:

1 – Shoebox School

An old shoebox and some duct tape and the kids will be busy all afternoon building and playing with this pretend play school. All you have to do is cut out the doors and windows and let the kids finish it up and decorate.

Shoebox School - Autumn Break Activities

Step-by-step here.

2 – Autumn Leaf Painting

Leafs are falling outside, enjoy it – take the kids our for a walk collecting some leafs of different shapes and sizes. Back at home, with sponge, paints, paper and the leafs, your kids will be entertained all afternoon creating incredible paintings.

Autumn Leaf Painting - Autumn Break Activities

Step-by-step here.

3 – Toilet Roll Halloween Decorations

Boo! Halloween is in a few weeks, so how about using it as the theme for an afternoon of crafts? You can create bats, spiders and cats all out of toilet rolls.

Halloween Toilet Roll Cats - Autumn Break Activities

Step-by-step here, here and here.

4 – Paper Mache Animal Masks

Besides keeping the kids busy for days, these paper mache masks can make for a great Halloween costume and the kids will love to create them from scratch and customise them.

Paper Mache Animal Masks - Autumn Break Activities

Step-by-step here.

5 – Christmas Cards

We know Christmas is only in December, but there’s no shame in starting to prepare early, as we explained on our blog post about planning for Christmas. You can save money on cards and keep the little ones busy by creating handmade Christmas Cards.

Handmade Christmas Cards - Autumn Break Activities

Here are some ideas.