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Acorn Gnome Craft For Kids [Free Template]

After a long, hot summer, we eagerly welcome that first crisp, cool morning of fall! It ushers in a season of colorful leaves, coziness, and sweet aromas. 

A walk around your backyard can bring inspiration for your next project like it did for our little gnome! Kids will love to create their own acorn gnome craft dressed in autumn attire complete with a tiny hat made from an acorn cap.

Once the kiddos complete their gnome, he’ll be a charming addition to your autumn decorations or nature table!

For even more fall fun, be sure to explore our collection of fall crafts. These seasonal projects will get kids in the creative spirit and excited to learn through creating!

Fall Gnome Craft

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Creating this adorable gnome offers your young children a chance to work on fine motor skills as they cut and glue the paper pieces. It sparks imaginative play as they envision their gnome exploring the colorful woods or embarking on adventures in nature.

To get started, simply download the free template and gather a few basic supplies like colored paper, scissors, and glue. Along with the template, we’ve included step-by-step instructions below to show you just how easily this cute idea comes together. 

Supplies

color cut and paste version of acorn gnome craft

Directions

Start by downloading the gnome template and printing it out. Once you have the template printed, gather the materials needed for this fun activity. Get those scissors ready, and let’s help the kids bring this gnome to life!

printed template of acorn gnome craft

First, guide your child to glue the eyes in the middle of the face, one on each side.

hands gluing eye to face of gnome

Glue the face piece to the front of the beard, just above the mouth.

hands gluing face of gnome to beard

Next, encourage your child to glue the nose in the middle of the face, in between the eyes and the mouth.

hands gluing nose to face of gnome

Place the acorn hat on the top of the gnome’s head and glue it in place.

hands gluing acorn top to head of gnome

Take the completed gnome head and glue it to the top of the gnome’s body.

hands gluing acorn head to body of gnome

Glue the feet on the bottom of the gnome’s body.

hands gluing acorn feet to body

Next, glue the leaf in the middle of the gnome’s body. Optionally, use a brown marker to draw the stem at the base of the leaf.

hands gluing leaf to gnome body

Finally, help your child to glue the hands on both sides of the leaf, so it looks like the gnome is holding the leaf.

hands gluing gnome hands to leaf and body of gnome

Be sure to check out our gnome crafts while you’re here! Your kids will love creating more fun DIYs like this one!

single example of acorn gnome

Easy Fall Ideas For Kids

If you’re on the lookout for inspiring ways to keep your kids engaged and learning during the fall season, you’ve come to the right place.

Our collection of easy fall ideas is designed to spark excitement and curiosity in young minds. From delightful DIYs that celebrate the season’s beauty to engaging educational activities that blend fun with learning, we’ve got you covered.

Check out the list below to find fall inspired projects and activities that will make this season an enjoyable learning experience for your little ones.

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Children’s Books For Fall

Whether it’s a bedtime story or an afternoon activity, reading with your children can increase vocabulary, improve communication skills, and foster an early love for learning.

Additionally, reading together allows for discussions about important topics, developing empathy, and broadening their knowledge of different cultures and perspectives. As a parent, it’s important to foster a love for literature within your children to ensure their future success both academically and emotionally!

So next time you’re looking for some fun storytime activities with your little one, grab a book from your shelf and read to them! Below are some of the top fall-themed books for kids.

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves: The mischievous old lady swallowed a handful of leaves! Her tummy started to rumble. So she swallowed some more items. Then even more. But as her stomach grew full, the leaves began to poke out through her mouth… when suddenly – poofffff! – it turned into a scarecrow!

Pete The Cat Falling For Autumn: Pete is not a fan of fall. But he decides to do some detective work and finds out that there are lots of things about this season he loves, like corn mazes, hayrides, wearing scarves, and apple picking! This story helps kids learn that even though they might not love every season of the year, there are still good parts to each one.

We’re Going On A Leaf Hunt: The seasons are changing, the days getting are shorter, and children everywhere are starting to make plans for their favorite outdoor adventures – and what could be more fun than a Leaf Hunt?!

hand holding single example of acorn gnome craft

Fall Construction Paper Crafts

Paper Bag Corn Craft – It’s harvest time, so let’s bring the fun of the corn maze home! This fun puppet lets imagination grow, so pick this cute activity to make with the kiddos. It’s great for kids of all ages and only requires a few common supplies.

Handprint Apple Tree Craft – This handprint keepsake will be the pick of the crop! Kids of all ages can get in on this one. They’ll love seeing their handprint become the branches of the tree and gluing the pom poms to make the apples!

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Shape Scarecrow Craft – Use this fun project to transform ordinary shapes into a cute fall friend! This hands-on activity reinforces different shapes as they create rosy cheeks, noses, eyes, hair, and hat! Best of all, kids will have created a charming fall decoration to display once they’re done!

Squirrel Craft – Kids can create a bushy-tailed friend ready to go on fall adventures when they make this project! It’s easy to create and only takes a few basic supplies and our free template. If they wanted, your kiddos could add some extra elements like googly eyes or glitter to make their squirrel even more unique!

Fall Activities For Kids

Explore our set of engaging fall worksheets for preschool filled with 25 pages featuring number matching, animal matching, patterns, puzzles, and more.

They’re perfect for home or classroom use and cover various skills like pre-writing, counting, graphing, color matching, and letter recognition. Use this resource to keep preschool and pre-k kids excited about learning this fall!

two side by side examples of finished acorn gnomes

Looking for a fun way for your kids to learn sight words? We combined them with coloring pages to make these fall color by sight word worksheets.

This set includes over 30 sight words they’ll color in using the key at the bottom of the page. If your kids don’t know color words yet, no worries, just color in the key so they can match up the sight word with the right color.

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This fall, kids will learn that P is for pumpkin! These pumpkin worksheets for preschool will give kids a chance to recognize the letter P in the letter maze, practice writing letter P and pumpkin with the help of dashed lines, and complete the pumpkin patterns. These are a great no-prep activity to have on hand, so be sure to download them.

hand holding acorn gnome craft with another in background

With the help of some adorable scarecrows, kids can practice counting and number recognition with these free printable scarecrow math worksheets.

This set of printables also works on identifying patterns, shapes, and sizes. Use these math worksheets at home or at school for some festive fall learning!

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For a chance to have your child’s project featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!

two examples of acorn gnome craft

Acorn Gnome Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Kids will love to create their own acorn gnome craft dressed in autumn attire complete with a tiny hat made from an acorn cap.

Materials

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers (optional)
  • Gnome template

Instructions

  1. Download the gnome template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Begin by gluing the eyes in the middle of the face, one on each side.
  3. Glue the face piece to the front of the beard, just above the mouth.
  4. Next, glue the nose in the middle of the face, in between the eyes and the mouth.
  5. Place the acorn hat on the top of the gnome's head and glue it in place.
  6. Take the completed gnome head and glue it to the top of the gnome's body.
  7. Glue the feet on the bottom of the gnome's body.
  8. Next, glue the leaf in the middle of the gnome's body. Optionally, use a brown marker to draw the stem at the base of the leaf.
  9. Finish up by gluing the hands on both sides of the leaf, so it looks like the gnome is holding the leaf.

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Free Printable Gnome Template

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Stephanie

Friday 3rd of November 2023

This is adorable. My classroom theme is gnomes.

Sam

Friday 3rd of November 2023

Oh, perfect! We have several gnome crafts and more coming out!

Irena

Monday 18th of September 2023

Great idea

Sam

Monday 18th of September 2023

Thanks so much 🙏

nancy

Sunday 10th of September 2023

trying to get template but not having much luck way too many papers to print out.

Sam

Monday 11th of September 2023

Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page. When you go to print, you can choose which pages you need ◡̈

Tracy Gillett

Sunday 10th of September 2023

Thanks

Sam

Monday 11th of September 2023

No problem!

Ilse

Wednesday 6th of September 2023

Thank you so much

Sam

Friday 8th of September 2023

You are welcome!

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