How to Set Up a Chessboard and Play Chess: Learn the Basics

Chess is one of those games that everybody knows about, but many people don’t know how to play. It can seem intimidating due to its rather sophisticated nature and history. Even just learning how to set up a chessboard can be a little daunting.

The reality is that anyone can learn to play the game. To do this you need to know how to set up a chessboard and how to move each piece, along with some other rules you must follow to play the game.

How to Set Up a Chessboard

A standard chessboard has 64 squares of alternating black and white. It is exactly the same as a checkers board.

Some manufacturers create specialty chess boards, using different colors and characters for the pieces, such as a Star Wars chessboard or a Harry Potter chessboard.

However, the board will always have 64 squares of alternating colors with 16 pieces for each player, and the basics of how to set up a chessboard remain the same.

The U.S. Chess Federation explains the easiest way to learn how to set up a chessboard is to use a grid format. It is easy to understand and a universal method of stating the locations on the board.

To begin, your board should have a white square in the lower right corner. A common chess saying can help you to remember this: white in right.

The grid labels are letters for the horizontal columns or files, and numbers for the vertical columns or ranks. From the bottom left to right, the files are a, b, c, d, e, f, g, and h. From the bottom to the top, the ranks are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Each player will receive 16 pieces in either white or black, for a traditional chessboard. You will receive one king and one queen. You will each get two knights, rooks, and bishops, and you each get eight pawns.

Ranks one and two belong to player one, who is the white pieces. Ranks seven and eight are for player two, who is the black pieces.

Player one will set up his or her pieces starting on rank one, file a, and moving to the right. Put one piece on each square in this order:

  • Rook
  • Knight
  • Bishop
  • Queen
  • King
  • Bishop
  • Knight
  • Rook

Rank two for player one is all pawns, one on each square.

Player two will set up his or her pieces in the exact same way starting at rank 8, file h, and moving to the right.

If you get confused about the order of pieces, always make sure that the queen is on the same color square as the piece, so white on white and black on black.

About the Pieces

Now that you know how to set up a chessboard, you need to learn a little about the pieces. Right now, we are just going to focus on how the piece can move.

The most important piece in the game is the king. He doesn’t have a lot of mobility. He can move in any direction horizontally and vertically but only one square at a time.

The queen is the next most valuable piece, and she has a lot of moving power. She can move in any direction horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. She also has no limit on the number of squares she can move.

The rook is somewhat similar to the queen. It can move horizontally and vertically. It has no limits on the number of squares it can move.

The bishop is a little unique. It is can move diagonally with no limits. You will note this means that a bishop will never change the color of the square it is on the entire game.

The knight is often the most difficult piece for beginners because it has an “L” shaped move. It can move two squares one way and one square the other way. For example, you can move it two squares vertically and then one square horizontally. It helps to keep in mind that a knight will always end on the opposite color from which it begins.

Another interesting thing about the knight is that it is the only piece that can jump over other pieces. It won’t capture these pieces, but it is still incredibly helpful. It also is the only back row piece that can move at the beginning of the game.

The pawn is the weakest piece on the board, which is probably why you get so many of them. They are your front line of attack. The pawn can only move forward and is the only piece with this restriction.

On the first move, a pawn can move forward one or two squares. After the first move, a pawn can only move one square at a time.

There is something special about a pawn. When capturing other pieces, it can only do so diagonally and is the only piece that doesn’t capture the same way it moves.

Fundamental Moves

Chess may seem complicated and difficult to learn, but it is not too tough. In fact, it can make a great summer activity for kids who need to find something to do besides look at a screen.

The goal of the game is to get your opponent’s king in checkmate, which means you can capture the other player’s king because he or she has no moves that will stop you from doing so.

Capturing means that you land on the same square as an opponent’s piece and remove it from the board. Remember, though, with your pawns, it means you land diagonally to an opponent’s piece.

To play, you want to remove as many of your opponent’s pieces as possible to make his or her king vulnerable. At the same time, you need to protect your own pieces so they can protect your king.

White always goes first, according to How Stuff Works. The first move can only be a pawn or a knight. Once you remove your hand from the piece you move, you cannot redo your move. The only exception to this rule is if you put your king in check because that is against the rules. You can skip a move, but you cannot skip a move twice in a row.

You will work towards putting your opponent’s king in check. This means that you are in a space where you could capture the king on your next move. Your opponent will then get a chance to move his or her king out of check. If he or she cannot, then you have checkmate and win the game.

There are a few ways to get out of check. You can either move the king out of the range of the piece holding it in check or capture the piece that has it in check. You can also block the check by moving another piece into the way, which will result in your opponent capturing it instead of your king.

Once you start playing, it isn’t too tough to get the basics down. The real fun of chess is learning strategy and special moves. You may want to think about adding “learn how to play chess” to your summer bucket list because trying to master this game can take a long time.

Special Moves

There are a few special moves that you can make in chess:

  • Castling
  • Pawn promotion
  • En passant


Castling is the only move in the game where you can move two pieces in one turn. It uses the rook and the king. Castling moves the king two spaces right or left (note: this is the only time you can move king two spaces) and the rook to the opposite side of the king so they end side by side.

You can only use this move if:

  • Your king has not moved yet
  • The rook has not moved yet
  • There are only open spaces between the king and rook
  • You are not in check
  • Doing the move will not put the king in check at any point during the move

Pawn promotion

Pawn promotion occurs when the pawn moves to the other side of the board in the last rank where it can no longer move.

At this time, the pawn can become any other piece, except the king. Usually, the choice players make is to make it another queen.

En passant

En passant or in passing can occur on a pawn’s first move of two squares. This situation occurs if your opponent moves his or her pawn two squares on the first move, but if he or she moved it only one square and you could have captured if it. When this happens, you can capture the pawn.

These special moves add to the complexity of the game, but there is also an element of strategy to chess. If you want to become good at the game, then you should study chess puzzles to help you think about potential moves.

Final Thoughts on How to Set Up a Chessboard

Chess can be a lot of fun, especially if you are someone who likes strategy and puzzle games. It can seem both complex and simple at the same time, which is why it is such an intriguing game.

Once you learn how to set up a chessboard and the basic rules, you have the opportunity to refine your skills and become a master of the game.

Do you have any tips for new chess players? Tell us about them in the comments below!


37 Art Kits: Give the Artist in Your Life the Gift of Creating

If you have an artist in your life, regardless of their level, you have no doubt considered art kits for Christmas. Sales advertisements expound many proclamations as the “best” everything. How do you choose the perfect art kit for your artist?

While there are many factors that can contribute to your choice, our recommended starting point is to simply ask your artist. It is quite common for an artist to become fond of a specific brand of paint. Most will not be shy about giving you a detailed list with color selections, sizing requests, and other information.

If you have an artist that provided you with a list that is wonderful. If, however, your artist shrugged and mumbled, “I don’t know…” then you will have to conduct a bit of due diligence. That is why you’re here we presume.

Defining Your Artists’ Needs

What kind of artist do you have? Are they a doodler who likes felt-tipped markers? A pencil sketch aficionado with an affinity for erasers? A watercolor painter with a flourish for pastels? Acrylic paints? Oil paints?

Figure out their preferred medium and you will figure out which aisle to head down in your search. Many artists work in various mediums depending on their mood. Perhaps they have traditionally concentrated on oil painting but now wish to venture into watercolor adaptations.

Determining what your artist needs or wants is the first step in having the perfect gift to place under your tree.

The Different Types of Art Kits

This is where determining what your artist needs or wants is handy. That tidbit of knowledge will allow you to streamline your shopping to make a more informed choice.

Just a quick (and very basic) sampling of the different types of art kits:

In addition to the types of kits listed above, there are many combination kits available. Combination kits include supplies from several different mediums.

They are very handy for young artists that haven’t settled on a favorite medium or people who enjoy working in several mediums.

Quality Art Supplies do Make a Difference

When selecting art supplies, quality does make a difference. If your artist isn’t talking, don’t be afraid to ask at your local art supply store. While you can save money with bargain brand paints, the color quality or lifespan may be less than optimal.

If you notice that your artist only has one specific brand of paints, don’t buy them a different brand without asking first. While two brands may produce the same color, there will be slight variations in hue, texture, and how the paint applies to a canvas.

The bottom line on quality art supplies is that if you aren’t sure, ask. Not all premium quality supplies carry a premium cost, so please don’t base your selections on the cost. Buying the most expensive thing doesn’t guarantee it the best.

A Quick Look Around

Let’s look at some art kits! Since we could write a full-length book on the various art kits available but we don’t have the space, we broke it down into general categories.

Sketching supplies are in the first category, followed by the three main painting mediums (watercolor, acrylic, and oil). We’ll list some combination kits in the final section also. Something for all the artists!

Pencils, Charcoal, and Ink Art Kits

This is where it all begins. From an early age, we are handed graphite pencils, pens, and pieces of chalk to make pictures. While not everyone continues using these basic materials for art, the few who do truly appreciate quality supplies.

Professional Drawing Pencil Set

This 33 piece Professional Drawing Pencil Set from Arteza has everything needed for pencil sketching. With 18 drawing pencils, 3 charcoal pencils, a white charcoal pencil, tortillon blenders, erasers, and more, your artist will enjoy hours of creativity.

The set is neatly packaged in a metal tin with form-fitted trays to keep it organized.

Inkonic Fineliner Pens

This 120 piece of Inkonic Fineliner Pens from Arteza offers AP-certified pens. With a dazzling array of colors, these are perfect for your Manga artist, wildlife artist, or bullet journalist.

Quick-drying colors don’t bleed and won’t smudge the paper. This set is great for left-handed people because of the anti-smudge.

Professional Watercolor Pencils

This set of 120 Professional Watercolor Pencils from Arteza is a perfect blending of pencil-ease with watercolor beauty.

The pencils work like colored pencils, but adding water softens and blends the colors. This allows for brilliant shading and layering of colors. The entire set comes in a molded tin for easy storage.

Tombow ABT PRO Alcohol Markers – Basic Palette

Tombow ABT PRO markers are the choice for many bullet journal enthusiasts. These dual-tipped alcohol markers add permanent, vibrant colors to any project. The brush tip and chisel tip allow flexibility for the artist to create thin, flared, or sweeping lines.

Colors can be layered, and a blending pen allows colors to be blended for unique looks. This set includes a stackable desk tray.

Staedtler Lumograph Drawing and Sketching Pencils

This set of 24 Staedtler Lumograph drawing pencils comes in a metal tin for easy storage. Each pencil has a graphite core in varying degrees from 8B (extra soft) to 6H (extra hard).

The degree of hardness allows artists to create differing effects. All pencils are pre-sharpened and ready for use.

Watercolor Painting Supplies

Watercolor painting sets are available as pan sets or tube sets. Pan sets are hard paint pellets in a pallet. They need water to activate the paint. Tube sets are a wet paint dispensed in a tube.

They apply very much like standard acrylic paints but can be thinned easily with water to achieve a “washed” look.

Pan sets are great for working on location or traveling. They store easily in their own pallet, dry quickly, and provide a versatile way for artists to express themselves.

Watercolor tube paints are great for studio work or classroom instruction. Watercolor artists design and create a large number of the greeting and special occasion cards we use throughout the year.

Pan Set Art Kits

We aren’t going to break out each kit in this section. We found some excellent representatives for you:

Watercolor pan sets are an excellent way to try watercolor painting.

Tube Set Art Kits

Watercolor tube sets are well-suited to studio work. If you are transitioning from acrylic to watercolor, tube paints will help you settle into the new medium of watercolor. There is a wide variety of sets available:

Whether you select pan kits or tube sets, watercolor paints are a satisfying medium for old and new artists alike.

Acrylic Painting Art Kits

Many people enjoy using acrylic paints. They are versatile but dry fairly quickly, so you can paint today and give it away tomorrow. With water clean up, it makes maintaining brushes easier.

Acrylic paints are available in tubes and pourable bottles. For our purposes here, we will only highlight the tubed versions. Bottled acrylics are ore often used for craft and project painting, although they are also suitable for canvas work.

If you have an artist that prefers tube acrylics, some of these awesome art kits might be just the thing.

Acrylic Painter’s Starter Bundle

This Acrylic Painter’s Starter Bundle includes a set of 60 tubes of Arteza paint and 28 pre-primed canvas panels. Your artist can get to work creating masterpieces as soon as they find a paintbrush, which isn’t included.

Arteza colors are vibrant, smooth, and easy to work with, and the color and transparency index is printed on each label.

Chroma Atelier Interactive Artists’ Acrylics – Set of 12

This Plein Air Painting Set from Chroma Atelier offers an array of 12 colors. The set includes drying and mixing mediums to help your artist enjoy painting outdoors, where drying conditions may be slightly different than studio painting.

Speedball Acrylics – Set of 6

This introductory set from Speedball includes the basic color palette. Colors can be mixed to create every color on the spectrum. Speedball has built a name on vibrant, graphic colors in ink and paints, and this set displays their reputation in tubes.

This is an excellent starter kit for someone just beginning to work with acrylics, or an advanced artist looking for reliability in a paint set.

Metallic Acrylic Artist Paint, Floral Brilliance – Set of 8

The Floral Brilliance set from Arteza includes 8 tubes of paints in shades of metallic beauty. Each paint is designed to accent and add flare to your paintings. Adding highlights with a metallic shimmer can greatly enhance nature-inspired paintings.

Daler-Rowney Graduate Acrylics – Set of 10

Although geared as an introductory set, this Daler-Rowney basic set of 10 colors provides a great base kit. Artists of all ages and ranges of ability will find inspiration within the tubes. This versatile paint set is an excellent way to show your artist they are loved.

Oil Painting Art Kits

A discussion of oil painting would not be complete without discussing the brilliance of Bob Ross. For many years on PBS, Bob Ross brought us oil painting lessons with happy little trees.

Using broad strokes and a variety of techniques, Mr. Ross showed people of every age that they, too, could paint trees and mountains.

Rembrandt Artists’ Oils – Basic Set – Set of 10

This Rembrandt Artists’ basic set includes 10 tubes of premium quality oil color. In keeping with the Rembrandt name, these paints are professional grade. Each color is hued to perfection using top-tier ingredients and binders.

Oil Premium Artist Paint – Set of 24

Another offering from Arteza, the Oil Premium Artist set contains a selection of 24 color tubes. Arteza, although a newer manufacturer, has entered the scene and made a name for providing quality at affordable prices.

Their array of vivid colors, consistency, and ease-of-use speaks for itself. Your artist will find these paints easy to work with, including the creation of blending and layering effects.

Oil Painter’s Bundle – Set of 24

The Oil Painter’s Bundle from Arteza is a complete set, although you will need your own brushes. The set includes 24 brilliant oil colors and a 14-pack of mini pre-primed stretched canvases. To make painting easier, they even included 5-inch mini easels to display your creations.

Grumbacher Pre-Tested Oils – Wood Box Set of 10

This beautiful boxed set from Grumbacher offers a selection of 10 colors in a finely crafted Cherry wood box. Also included are two badger hair brushes from Grumbacher’s Series 910 line.

Grab a canvas and this set is ready to paint the world (or at least an image of the world).

Wrap It Pretty, but Don’t Forget the Canvasses

It’s time to put on your ugly sweater and buckle down for a great holiday season. We hope that we made shopping for your artist easier. Remember to get quality supplies — your artist will thank you.

If you aren’t sure what medium your artist prefers, combination art kits offer a variety of supplies. With that, here are a few really good combo art kits to finish up:

Encourage your artist regardless of their age or ability. No one really thought Pablo Picasso was a good artist until abstract became the rage. It may be time to find a frame for that skeleton dog your kid painted in second grade. Hang it on the wall — be proud.

Have a great holiday season and drop us a comment to let us know what you did to make your season awesome.


15 Simple to Make Holiday Recipes Perfect for This Fall

Are you on the hunt for some simple fall holiday recipes that make delicious dinners? Holidays can be busy enough without making your time in the kitchen more complicated. You want something easy to do and delicious to eat.

And you’re in luck. These dishes are easy to make, adaptable for even the pickiest of eaters, and full of delicious fall flavors.

The 15 Best Fall Holiday Recipes for Any Occasion

Whether you need holiday recipes to share at a family gathering or just simple recipes to breathe new life into your cooking routine, this list has it all.

Every dish is easy to make yet packed with squash, sweet potato, maple, cinnamon, or sage. All the fall favorites that make you want to curl up under a blanket with a hefty second helping.

1. Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Nothing says fall comfort food like sweet potatoes, and this gnocchi dish is no exception. You can create this sweet potato gnocchi in a brown butter sage sauce that every pasta-lover will enjoy with just a few ingredients.

The key to making the gnocchi extra tender is to take your time kneading the dough. Try this dish today, and you’ll want to add it to your fall holiday recipes repertoire for years to come.

2. Pasta with Butternut Squash Sauce

Holiday recipes are known for their rich, fattening flavors, but they don’t have to pack on the pounds. This delicious pasta with a butternut squash sauce is full of fall flavors but light on calories.

The sauce is creamy and delicious without the use of any cream! Add some spicy chicken sausage, spinach, and sage to round out this fabulous dish and leave you licking the plate.

3. Pumpkin Chipotle Soup

You can’t have a list of fall holiday recipes without some delicious fall favorites featuring pumpkin. This soup screams comfort food while also being smoky and full of spice thanks to the addition of the chipotle peppers.

Round out the dish with a healthy addition of carrots and celery as well as barley and chicken to keep it filling. Your whole family will be begging you to make this soup again and again.

The best part of this recipe is that it’s customizable. Need to make it dairy-free? No problem, just you coconut milk instead of the dairy products. Substitute rice for barley to meet any gluten-free needs.

4. Harvest Chicken Skillet

This easy one-pot dinner dish is full of seasonal vegetables, lean protein, walnuts, cranberries, and bacon. Every bite is packed with delicious fall flavors, including cinnamon, nutmeg, and even apples.

The good news? If this dish sounds like a strange combination of flavors to you, feel free to include just the ingredients you’d like. Because after all, once you fry everything with bacon, you cannot go wrong.

5. Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

If you’re searching for holiday recipes that provide classic comfort food flavors without all the extra calories, look no further. This casserole is a lightened-up take on shepherd’s pie.

The secret? It uses a delicious potato-cauliflower mash topping that could fool even the harshest critic. Add lots more fresh vegetables and some lean ground beef to complete this hearty yet healthy dish.

6. Sausage-Stuffed Baked Apples

Find a new purpose for all those leftover apples from apple picking with this fall recipe. The delicious flavors of apple, sausage, and maple blend perfectly in this simple dish.

You can even customize it with your own additional ingredients like walnuts or pecans. Give it a healthy spin using a leaner turkey sausage that still promises lots of flavor for fewer calories.

Holiday recipes that are perfect for fall can take many shapes, and this stuffed apple recipe is just another example of innovative yet simple cooking.

7. Stuffed Butternut Squash

This stuffed butternut squash is the perfect fall holiday recipe. It’s a meatless meal that is full of Mexican-inspired flavor. The best part is that it’s all cooked right inside an edible bowl making far fewer dinner dishes tonight!

The beans, rice, vegetables, and cheese are the perfect combination of flavors inside this stuffed squash. Making the butternut squash bowls is simple. All you need to do is roast them while preparing the filling.

Add this dish to your holiday recipes today, and don’t be surprised if it becomes a family favorite you’d like to make year-round.

8. Apple and Brie Stuffed Chicken

Melty, creamy brie combines with tart green apples in this dish that drips with fall flavors. The dijon mustard sauce and crisp spinach add even more delicious flavor the whole family will enjoy.

Serve these stuffed chicken breasts over steamed rice or bacon-roasted brussels sprouts for a complete meal that will leave everyone wanting seconds.

9. One-Pot Pumpkin Curry

This pumpkin dish will warm your belly and your soul on even the coldest of fall days. The perfect combination of red curry, pumpkin, and coconut milk creates a rich, silky dish.

You can keep this recipe vegan using tofu or add a healthy portion of chicken or shrimp instead. This one-pot dish creates few dirty dishes and is ready in about 30 minutes, making it the perfect weeknight fall meal for even the busiest family.

10. Maple-Glazed Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

There are few more perfect fall duos than maple and sweet potatoes. Add in a juicy chicken breast and some steak seasoning, and you’ve got a meal with few ingredients than manages to be full of flavor.

Mashed sweet potatoes and maple-glazed chicken is such an easy, tasty meal, you’ll be making this dinner many times. It would even make an easy crockpot dinner for those busy days on the go.

11. Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin

This apple cider pork tenderloin is one of the easiest holiday recipes, in part because it cooks completely in the slow cooker. Just add some apple cider, ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire, and you’re in business.

This pork dish is delicious over quinoa, on rolls as a pulled pork sandwich, or even topped on a baked potato. If you make an extra big batch, you can eat it multiple ways, so it never gets old.

12. Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

This is another sweet potato dish that is too good to resist. This one-pan dish is easy to make and loaded with lots of good flavors. There are lots of peppers, mozzarella, and spices like cumin and chili powder, along with turkey and sweet potatoes.

Add this quick and easy dish to your weeknight rotation or enjoy it during the holidays as a healthy meal amidst all the indulgence.

13. Pot Pie with Sage Crust

This pot pie is loaded with all kinds of autumn vegetables, a delicious sauce, and a flaky pie crust with a hint of sage. Enjoy all of the delicious decadence of a traditional pot pie without all the fat and calories.

Not only is this dish healthy, but it’s also vegan and sugar-free. The flavors of sweet potato, baby Bella mushrooms, cannellini beans, and spice blend perfectly in this mouth-watering meal.

14. Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage, Brown Butter, and Toasted Walnuts

These ravioli are easy enough to make but so delicious they will wow any guests you may have during this fall holiday season. Enjoy the rich flavor of the pumpkin and nutmeg filling that blends perfectly with the sage walnut butter sauce.

This dish only takes a little time and a few quality ingredients, but it perfectly captures the flavors of fall you crave as the weather gets colder.

15. Carrot Ginger Soup

This unique soup recipe only needs seven ingredients to create a bright and tangy flavor that’s irresistible. Although this dish has no cream, it manages to taste deliciously creamy with a pureed carrot base.

The bright color and fresh ginger flavor will brighten up even the dreariest fall day and warm you up on the coolest of evenings. Pair this light soup with a hearty salad and a big piece of crusty bread for a complete meal.

Fall in Love with These Holiday Recipes

If you’re looking for a hearty dish to keep you cozy this fall, you cannot go wrong with these delicious holiday recipes. Enjoy the flavors of fall with dishes highlighting classic autumnal flavors like sweet potatoes, squash, and apples.

From soups and pasta to casseroles and curries, there is something to appeal to every palette on this list. These easy dishes bring a special something to the fall season.


Fall Crafts for Kids: 14 Best Activities to Keep them Busy and Happy

There is no better way to spend quality time with your family than organizing fall crafts for kids. The pandemic has plunged us into a world that seems weird and alien, and our children will feel that shift the most.

As such, with the beautiful colors of the fall approaching, it creates the perfect opportunity to involve our kids with some creativity.

Keeping the young ones engaged and occupied may sometimes feel challenging, especially if we have to deal with local lockdowns. Besides, we need to normalize the situation for our children as much as possible. Therefore, why not consider some fall crafts for kids to involve them in something constructive and keep their little hands busy while they remain in lockdown at home.

Fall Crafts for Kids

Keeping the children occupied and interested may not be as daunting a task as you may think. There exists a wealth of fall crafts for kids that you may teach them to inspire their creativity. Furthermore, they don’t have to cost a fortune.

Making fall-themed jewelry and teaching them papercraft to build hedgehogs and three-dimensional trees is a sure way of engaging their attention. With only a few basic ingredients, your house may soon find itself bedecked with pumpkin decorations and tissue paper windsocks. Fall crafts for kids are something the entire family can engage in, and who knows, you may find a budding young artist bursting with talent.

Crafting helps children learn

Not only is crafting a great way to bond with your children, but it may also teach them new skills. Learning how to use tools, mix colors, and construct projects will aid with your kid’s development.


Teaching your child how to make a particular project will help them to understand and follow directions. As such, they will learn a life skill that will stay with them all their lives.


Children are all too easily distracted, and fall crafts for kids are the perfect way to help them concentrate and focus on a project. Crafting will allow them to focus on using scissors and to concentrate on completing a task without distraction.

Develop motor skills

Using tools and the physical act of creating an object will help to develop your child’s motor skills. Such a life lesson is invaluable for the development of their future and their careers.


Crafting may sometimes prove a little challenging. Therefore, your fall crafts for kids may help them develop a little patience. Projects need to be achieved through a step by step process, and as such, it will teach your child the art of being patient.


Problem-solving is another invaluable life lesson to learn during your fall crafts for kid’s adventure. If something goes wrong during the project, by encouraging your child to find a way around it and solve the problem, they learn a crucial lesson. Problem-solving is something that adults do throughout their lives, so as the saying goes, start them off young!

Discover Easy Crafts

Paper art forms the mainstay of many fall crafts for kids. With a few simple supplies, you will be amazed at what you can create. Children will love the process of forming the paper into fabulous shapes and decorations to adorn your house.

Keep in mind that you may always cut the paper for your children if they are too young to use scissors or paper trimmers. Furthermore, crafting glue is water-based and safe to use, but you may want to discourage the younger members of the household from eating it!

Paper pumpkin decorations

With a little pumpkin-colored cardstock, some green cardstock, and a kid-friendly Pritt glue stick, you may teach them to create these fabulous decorations.

Use a pastry cutting set to mark out the circles, and either cut out the shapes for the children or supervise them as they cut out the shapes. Furthermore, it is worth investing in safety scissors to protect young fingers.

Fall windsock

No fall crafts for kids would be complete unless you used the ubiquitous cardboard toilet paper inner tube. With a little paint and some colorful tissue paper in fall colors, you may find some fabulous windsocks hanging from your rafters in no time.

The projects represent an excellent opportunity to teach your children how to mix paint colors, though it may be wise to use no-spill cups to prevent messy accidents.

Cute hedgehog characters

Who doesn’t love a colorful fall hedgehog complete with googly eyes? With some appropriately colored cardstock and glorious fall leaves, you may soon find a horde of hedgehogs taking over your kitchen.

Tacky craft glue is child friendly but will also dry very quickly, making it the ideal choice to fix the leaves onto the body.

Dimensional tree wall hanging

The three-dimensional tree is easy to make yet looks very impressive. Use a safety paper trimmer to cut the cardstock for the trunk and branches. Cut the leaves from a variety of fall colored card and use a bright blue card for the background.

If you feel your children may prove too young to use the trimmer, then you can cut the paper to size for them. Fall crafts for kids are all about the joy of making, not cutting off fingers!

Fall wreath

No fall is complete without a gorgeous fall wreath. Made using simple ingredients, including paper plates and paper leaves, you may teach your children to make these as thanksgiving gifts?

A compass will help create the wreath base, and you may use glue or sticky dots to attach the leaves to your home-made ring. Alternatively, why not take your children out to a park and collect real fall leaves to make the wreath? Finish off your creation with a pretty fall-themed ribbon.

Easy Jewelry Making

Why not consider some easy jewelry as part of your fall crafts for kid’s activities? A simple stretchy bracelet and even a stretchy ring make for fabulous keepsakes.

Furthermore, jewelry making does not need to cost a fortune as there exist many fun and exciting kits available to share with your children. Be prepared to wear all manner of fabulous creations.

Simple Stretchy bracelets

Probably the most straightforward bracelet to make, a stretchy bracelet offers all sorts of combinations and colorful fall colors to create something pretty.

With a little stretchy cord and a selection of colorful beads, fall crafts for kids could not be simpler. Additionally, you can add some pretty fall charms to the selection and let the kids develop their own inventive combinations.

Stretchy rings

Stretchy rings use a finer elastic thread and smaller beads. However, you do need to use a needle, so supervision may prove appropriate. Use needles with larger eyes to pass through the thread.

Before long, all of your fingers may find themselves decorated with all manner of unusual creations.

ABC personalized bracelets

The ABC Personalized bead box represents the perfect addition to your fall crafts for kids because they can make names and phrases from the beads. The different combinations and design possibilities will stretch your kid’s imaginations and help with their spelling.

Pop beads

Pop beads look a little bit like Lego but offer creativity and fun limited only by your children’s imagination. A colorful array of weird and beautiful beads allows for unusual shapes and jewelry creations to build a riot of fabulousness. Furthermore, they may be easily disassembled and remade into new designs.

Gem link bracelet maker

The gem link bracelet maker offers a more sophisticated option for kid’s jewelry making. With an array of pretty beads, the kit allows for easy stringing and storage to make fall crafting for kids a straightforward exercise.

The kit is suitable for older children of 8 years and upwards and will allow them to make adorable designs that they may be proud to own.

Seed bead insects

The seed bead insects make fabulous pendants which you may hang on a ribbon, or even colorful sun catchers to hang in the window. With an array of pretty beads and crystals, some wire, and a little bit of fun, the combinations remain endless.

You will need some cutters to trim the wire to size, so you may wish to perform that particular chore for your children beforehand.

Modeling Fun

What kid doesn’t love modeling clay? When you consider fall crafts for kids, clay craft has to form one of the most creative and fun activities in which to involve children. You can make beads for jewelry, animals, charms, and all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures from clay with very few tools.

Making animals

Polymer clay is a fantastic product that you bake in the oven to set. It’s child friendly, and you may use the end result for all manner of things. Whether it’s learning how to make different shapes, jewelry components, or aliens, polymer clay represents a fantastic crafting experience for children.

You may wish to put down craft mats to protect the surface. Also, your children may find some simple modeling tools useful.

Wiz play clay

Why not encourage your children to model their favorite foods? Fall crafts for kids are meant to be fun, so imagine the creations they will come up with!

Wiz Play clay is an air-drying clay that will allow your children to keep their creations forever. Also, a set of modeling tools will help them to sculpt their masterpieces.

For the More Advanced

If your kids are a bit older, then why not teach them how to make candles? For younger children, they will need supervision as you use hot wax to make your creations. However, fall crafts for children may melt into the perfect gift making factory for thanksgiving!

Pumpkin candles

Making pumpkin candles is an exciting way to engage your family with fall crafts for kids. With a pumpkin mold and a candle making kit, you may soon produce some stunning results.

Add a little pumpkin pie essential oil to the mix to give off a fantastic fragrance that will fill your home with fall splendor.

These candles are fantastic for kids to make because they can burn them later. Also, imagine their joy as they present one of their handmade candles as a gift to a friend or loved one.

Fall Crafts for Kids Explored

While the world finds itself gripped in a pandemic, many of us may find our children at home with us during lockdowns. It is essential to try and normalize life for our children during these weird times. Therefore, it remains essential to engage our children in meaningful activities. Fall crafts for kids are the perfect way to keep your family busy.

With so many different activities to explore, you don’t need to spend a fortune. Paper crafts offer the opportunity to make fantastic wall-hangings and decorations. Some simple jewelry techniques encourage our children to create lasting and pretty adornments. Furthermore, clay provides the chance for your child to stretch their imagination into all sorts of fabulous sculptures.

Fall crafts for kids may also prove useful for making gifts for thanksgiving. Crafting gifts will give your children a fantastic sense of accomplishment while offering a valued learning experience. Furthermore, fall crafting for kids gives you the chance to engage and bond with your children.

Do you have experience crafting with children? Perhaps you have some suggestions for projects. If so, comment in the space below and share your knowledge with us.

Author bio

Sean Kerr lives in Cardiff, Wales, and is a published author with over 10 novels to his name so far and still counting. As well as writing his next bestseller, Sean also runs a successful Jewelry making business and sells his creations online.