We love things that make life easier. If it’s for the classroom, that’s even better. You might have caught some of our teacher hack articles before, like this one with genius cleaning and organizing ideas. Or this one about great ideas from the dollar store.
We searched one of our favorite places for teacher photos, Instagram, and put together our favorite fall art projects and hacks. Take a look!
1. Get caught in this spider web of skip counting.
Everything—yep, even math—is more fun when it’s Halloween themed!
2. Use mini pumpkins to re-create your favorite book characters.
Your kids will get a kick out of these gussied-up gourds.
3. Turn an old book into fun fall decor for the class.
Simply remove the cover and cut the pages into a great pumpkin.
4. Make a mummy door with white streamers.
Add some giant googly eyes and you’re ready for Halloween.
Love this door for Halloween!! #Repost @lifeas_missmichael ・・・ #flashbackfriday to my Halloween door decor from last year! This year I went with simple decor, but still continued with the googly eye trend! ?? . . .#classroomDIY #teacherslovetarget #teacherspayteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers #halloween #classroomideas #classroomdecor #classroomtoclassroom #iteachfirst #iteachtoo
5. Create a photo booth with a few seasonal props.
Hay bale, corn stalks and DIY paper pendants—perfect for the fall party.
6. Make like a pilgrim and churn your own butter.
Heavy cream + mason jar + a whole lotta shaking = homemade butter.
7. Use pinecones from outside to create these adorable owls.
An easy autumnal art project using perky pinecones. Whoooo’s in?
8. Package up a healthy, nut-free party snack.
Place a fresh apple atop a container of caramel, wrap it with cellophane and tie it up with a ribbon. Done and done.
9. Use cotton swabs to create a fun autumn tree art project.
Bundle up a bunch of cotton swabs with a rubber band. Add paint and they’re ready to create.
BUNDLED Q-TIP AUTUMN TREE – What a great idea and the tree looks brilliant! You can also use a 2litter cokebottle. #qtips #DOITYOURSELF #Kellysimoneshelton #instagood #instagoods #instagram #insta #instagreat #DIY #dıy #paintingtricks #Halloween #Halloweenparty #halloween #2017 #fallcrafts #insta #instagr
10. Celebrate National Author’s Day (November 1) with an awesome bulletin board.
This one commemorates Magic Tree House author Mary Pope Osbourne, but you could pick your favorite American author to honor.
11. Use a pumpkin cutout to create a fun letter-tracking game.
Help your littles learn their letters with a paper cutout and a hole punch.
This idea helps those students who have trouble with tracking. If you have a student that tries to point to words when reading, but can't get their eyes and their finger on the same word, this could help! This activity forces their eyes to only focus on the letter in front of the hole punch and not skip far ahead. It also has a bonus of practicing letter identification! #classroomidea #iteach #iteachtoo #weteach #teachersofinstagram #teacher #teachers #finemotorskills
12. Press fall leaves to create bookmarks for the class.
Another reason to use that laminator! Take your kids on a nature hike and save their treasures to create custom bookmarks.
Super excited about these custom bookmarks (scroll through to see each one!) requested by my girl @wvirginach ? These were so fun to create + work on, and I especially love the fern one, of course ? P.S. Also excited about the new laminator I bought! I'll be sure to post a photo of the bookmarks laminated later ? . . . #PeacePetals #pressedflowers #pressedflowerart #art #flowers #leaves #pressedleaves #pressedleavesart #flowerpress #preservedflowers #preservedleaves #pressedpetals #petals #nature #peace #smallbusiness #peaceful #handmade #orlando #shoplocalorlando #smallbusinessorlando #winterpark #thecitybeautiful #apgd #botanicals #wildflowers #arttherapy #bookmarks
13. Set up a pie-making station with pumpkin-scented play dough.
Find your favorite “recipe” online and pick up a few pie tins to create this fun sensory experience.
We've been having so much fun with our "little old lady who swallowed a pie" learning centers. These guys are pretending to be little old ladies/men and making pumpkin pie with pumpkin scented play dough. It's so cute. I giggle every time I look at the housekeeping center. #thanksgivinglesson #teachersfollowteachers #prekinders #preschool #teachersofinstagram #iteachtoo
14. Use colored tissue paper and tape to create party treats.
Hand out treats in this tricky container that disguises the contents inside.
hey guys! this would be cute if you're having a Halloween party or something. Basically just put the candy in orange tissue paper and wrap it in a ball, then add a small green roll of tissue paper for the stem and tape it! credits to owner! – #diys #halloween #fun #favors #lifehacks #diyswithlivandtasha #fallhacks #falldiys #pumpkins #candy
15. Use mason jars and crochet slipcovers to collect writing utensils.
Know how to crochet (or have a friend who does)? Make these cute covers for the ultimate in stylish storage.
16. Conduct science experiments with leftover Halloween candy.
Dissolve Skittles in a bit of water and watch the color wash away to make a liquid rainbow.
17. Use candy pumpkins to create structures and teach problem-solving.
Connect candy with toothpicks and turn your students into mini engineers.
18. Use a decorative scarecrow to deck out your door.
They’re always a hit with the kids, and they’re easy to find this time of year.
19. Make festive finger puppets from felt.
A little glue, some orange felt and googly eyes go a long way to create these easy puppets.
Happy Thursday! Snag this fun finger puppet box before it goes out of stock! ??♀️??♀️??♀️ • I'm feeling all the fall this week, as school starts next Tuesday! ?? Can't wait for the fall, and all the exciting things going on here at Busy Box Shop!! A market list will be coming out soon! ??? • • • • • @Busyboxshop #childrensactivities #momhacks #teachersofinstagram #teacherhacks #kidsrep #brandreps #reppin #etsy #etsysk #etsyyxe #youngentrepreneur #entrepreneur #saskatchewan #saskatoon #livingyxe #yxemakers #makersgonnamake #makersmovement #kidstoys
20. Use leaves to create your very own Hungry Caterpillar.
Little ones will especially love creating this Eric Carle favorite.
When you think leaves would make a wonderful #HungryCaterpillar craft but turns out even better than expected. Seriously, leaves complement Eric Carle's collage style perfectly. Kind of wish the book was made with leaves now! Video and tutorial on the blog. #theveryhungrycaterpillar #ericcarle #leafcraft #diy #natureplayqld #kidscraft101
21. Use apples in as many science experiments as possible.
Store them in different liquids and track the results, or try the always popular “good/bad” apple experiment.
22. Turn summer salads into fall salads.
Take your desk lunch to the next level with roasted squash, pepitas, sliced apples and more.
Desk lunching like a champ ?salad today includes power greens, cherry tomatoes, @mrsdashrecipes fiesta lime chicken and a mix of roasted kabocha and delicata squash because I honestly really love squash ????topped with plain @chobani instead of salad dressing and some pumpkin seeds for those fall feels ??? #tiuteam #tiucheckin #tiucommunity #desklunch #fallsalad
23. Put together a learning kit from outside treasures.
There’s no right or wrong way to do this one. As long as it’s not alive, it would be great for your students.
My super simple outdoor learning kit, I put this together after a really good presentation at a maths conference a couple of weeks and is amazing for just grabbing and heading out into the playground when the weather is behaving itself! Today my p1s were counting groups of stones while my p2s added up the total (with varying degrees of success!) The kids just love working with natural materials and learning outdoors! #scottishteacher #outdoorlearning #teacherhacks #teachersofinstagram #teacher #naturalmaterials #handy #cfe #maths #literacy
If you have a fall hack that would be great for the classroom, post it on Instagram with the hashtag #FallHacks.