Are you looking for a fun and easy fall craft to do with your little one? This painted acorns craft is not only fun but a great developmental activity as well!

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Painted Acorns

Painted Acorns

Fall is my favorite time of year! Things are cooling down here in the south and it means that we are getting close to Christmas;)

It also means yummy things like pumpkin spice lattes and Pumpkin Cake!

With kids it is also an excellent time to incorporate some seasonal activities that are also educational. 

This painted acorns craft is an excellent way to strengthen fine motor skills and to help teach colors to young children! And, it’s a very cheap and easy activity as well! 

My parents have a lot of old oak trees growing in their yard. So acorns are readily available here! 

The nice thing about this activity is that the kids not only have fun painting acorns, but they have fun gathering them as well! They all work together and gather a large bucket full so that we have plenty for all of our fall activities:) 

Painted Acorns

Hand Painted Acorns

To paint acorns you only need a few materials.

You will need:

Watercolor Paints



Paper Plates (to set the acorns on)

Painted Acorns

Once you’ve gathered all of your items it’s time to get started! 

It’s easiest to have a separate paintbrush for each color that you use. That way you don’t have to keep rinsing paintbrushes out between colors. 

The best acorns to paint are the one’s that still have a small stem on them. That way they have something to hold on to while painting the acorn. But any acorn will work:)

We didn’t paint the caps of the acorns, only the bottom parts. But if you want to pain the entire acorn then that’s fine too:)

The Beauty of crafts is that nothing is set in stone. I let the kids paint their acorns however they’d like. They paint them different colors and even with different designs. We have polka dot acorns, acorns painted like apples, etc. 

I simply squirted watercolor paint onto a paper plate, gave them paintbrushes, and that was it! They also had another paper plate to place their finished acorns on to dry. They had fun and were entertained for quite a while:) 

I think they turned out pretty cute, don’t you?

Painted Acorns

Painted Acorn Craft

The other thing that I love about this craft is that it can lead to other crafts! 

We used these painted acorns to make other fun acorn activities! Stay tuned for more fun fall activities for kids!

And be sure to share a picture of your painted acorns! I hope your kids enjoy making them as much as mine did:)

Happy Fall!