Invitation to Create: Decorate Pinecones for Fall

We’re continuing our series on Fall Invitations to Play with an invitation to decorate pinecones for fall! (If you’re interested in learning more about play invitations, start here.) 


Invitation to Create: Decorate Pinecones for Fall

The kids and I just love to create! Anytime the kids have a free moment, you will most likely find them searching through the art supplies or digging into the create box looking for just the right materials for their creations. Watching their joy while making things inspired this invitation to create~ decorating pinecones for fall! 

 Fall Invitation to Create: Decorate Pinecones~ Buggy and Buddy



  • Pinecones
  • Assortment of art and craft supplies 
  • Glue


Setting Up

Find a place to set up your invitation that allows for easy clean up. I covered one of our little tables with craft paper and placed it in the playroom. Set some pinecones on the table along with whatever art supplies you’d like. I used fall colored pom poms, yarn and ribbons, sequins, and glitter. I also added some glue and scissors as simple tools to help with creating. 

Fall Invitation to Create: Decorate Pinecones~ Buggy and Buddy 


The kids just had a blast with this! Lucy was anxious to try out all the supplies. Her pinecone ended up with a bit of everything!  Theo started out by imitating what Lucy was doing, but once he got his hands on the glue and glitter, that was all he wanted to do! He loved the feeling of independence as he squirted the liquid glue all on his own and sprinkled (more like poured) the glitter onto the pinecone.


Fall Invitation to Create: Decorate Pinecones~ Buggy and Buddy


When the kids were finished, we placed the pinecones in a safe place to dry. We cleaned up, and I ended up leaving the craft paper on the table to encourage more creating throughout the day. (The craft paper can even be used as a canvas to draw on.)  We ended up adding the beautiful fall pinecones to our fall nature table to display!

 Fall Invitation to Create: Decorate Pinecones~ Buggy and Buddy


Be sure to check out all the fall invitations to play shared each day this week from some of my favorite blogging friends and find some fall inspiration!

Pumpkin Themed Sensory Invitation to Playby My Nearest and Dearest

Fall Play Dough by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Glowing Discovery Bottles by Play Trains!

Create a Fall Forest by Twodaloo


Have fun playing and creating! 



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  1. This is a great idea! We may just have to try it today!
    Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest recently posted…Pumpkin Themed Sensory Invitation to PlayMy Profile

  2. Tinker would especially love this activity. She’d love stuffing the pom poms. Great fine motor practice, too!
    Shaunna @ Fantastic Fun and Learning recently posted…Fall Play Dough Invitation to PlayMy Profile

  3. I think the twins would love this- we’ll definitely put it on our to-do list! Great post!
    Stephanie @ Twodaloo recently posted…Invitation to Play: Fall ForestMy Profile

  4. Very cute. My oldest (who is 11) made some beautiful pine cones last Christmas with white paint and silver sparkles. This will make a great addition this year for the littlest 2 to join in!
    Sarah @ How Wee Learn recently posted…The Ultimate Play Doh RecipeMy Profile

  5. Usually pine cones are difficult to craft with because of their awkward shape but sticking pom poms in them is a great idea – and they came out pretty too!
    Emma recently posted…Birdseed Sensory BinMy Profile

  6. So cute! My daughter would really enjoy doing this.
    Jessica@MomFuse recently posted…New Mom Beauty Tips From Expert Polly Blitzer!My Profile

  7. These are just too cute! We will definitely have to try this! :)
    Kristan Price recently posted…Train Table Fun: Dinosaur World!My Profile

  8. This is a cute craft. I am loving your “invitations to create”!
    Natalie recently posted…Math Detectives – Afterschool Blog HopMy Profile

  9. I love these! How creative! I am featuring them this week as one of my favorites in the “Hearts for Home” Blog Hop! :-) Be sure to stop by my blog tomorrow to see the post and to grab an “I’ve been featured button.” :-)
    Lisa recently posted…Try a New Recipe Tuesday- September 17My Profile

  10. What a fun way to work on fine motor skills! These remind me of autumn trees. I have pinned this idea!
    JDaniel4’s Mom recently posted…Running with All You HaveMy Profile

  11. Decorating pine cones is something we try to do each year. It is a blast watching how each of my children’s pine cones get decorated each year. Thank you for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop :-)
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