When we moved house earlier this year one of my favourite things about it was the apple tree in the garden. Over the last few months we’ve watched the blossom turn into tiny apples and then watched them grow and grow. It’s been a good lesson in patience for all of us and I still have no idea if they’ll be nice or – ugh – crab apples but I really love that tree. When we were sat down ready to make this apple craft I asked the kids what colour apples were. ‘Green!’ ‘Red!’ ‘Look at the ones outside….’ Real apples are often a bit of a mixture and so our cotton wool painted apples are too.

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We are slightly obsessed with suncatchers in this house. I’ve shared our cute pumpkin suncatchers before but we’ve actually made loads more that *gasp* didn’t make it online just because I thought it might be overkill! I couldn’t help but share these sweet autumn leaf suncatchers though, both my kids loved making them and it was a great way to sit down and chat about the changing seasons with them.

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Today I thought I’d share with you one of the crafts from my book 30 Halloween Crafts for Kids. I love this little spooky forest because it uses upcycled materials which helps keep the cost down, and it’s great for helping your kids with scissor skills and fine motor skills but even better at the end of their crafting they have something that they can actually play with – and anything that keeps your kids busy, happy and helps encourage them to use their imagination has got to be a good thing, right? I’m happy to admit that I’ve totally c+p’d the text below from my book, not just because I’m writing this while inhaling caffeine before I get the kids ready for school and nursery, but because I wanted to share with you how I’ve set it out and how easy it is for you guys to follow and do some fun kids Halloween crafts this year -hope you like it!

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I share loads of free colouring pages for adults here on Crafts on Sea but I thought it might be fun today to share some for the kids too! These Halloween colouring pages are probably more cute than scary (they are for kids after all!) but they’re all fab for keeping your little people busy and best of all they don’t cost a penny! Of course if you’d prefer something for yourself then make sure you check out these free Halloween colouring pages for grown ups! If you love freebies make sure you sign up here for my weekly newsletter where I share free colouring pages for kids and grown ups, printables and loads of fun ideas for things for kids to make and do!

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Do you ever feel like doing some crafts with the kids but you just can’t face the thought of them covering your house in paint? Me too. I try to be pretty chill about these things but after that time I let my two year old go wild with the black paint and then remembered we’d had a new bathroom fitted that week? Well, i’m a little bit more wary now! this mess free autumn tree craft is perfect for younger kids or when you want to do something a little less messy with your children.

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