Fall is the perfect time to take the kids for a walk and collect leaves. But what do you do with all those leaves once you get home? There really is only so many times kids want to do leaf rubbings. And, if your kids are like mine, they don’t want to just throw the leaves away. Why not use some of those leaves in this simple leaf craft?
Leaf creatures are fun to make and really let kids use their imaginations. It’s fun to see how each leaf will be used. Turned one way that maple leaf might be an alien’s head; flip it over and it could become a butterfly. The possibilities are endless!
Materials Needed to Make Leaf Creatures:
- Craft glue and/or double-sided tape
- Craft paper
- Google eyes
We started our artwork with some leaves we had picked up on an earlier walk. We used double-sided tape to secure our leaves to the paper, but you could also use craft glue.
I got out markers and google eyes to help them add details to their leaf creatures.
My daughter was completely engaged in her artwork, spending over a half hour creating her first picture.
I loved watching her carefully choose the leaves and arrange them on her paper. That little brown leaf really does make the perfect owl!
Once she had created one picture with the leaves, I found her picking up more leaves outside. This time she was thinking about what each leaf might become while she picked them up.
She mulled over the leaves, looking for two that looked alike to become fairy wings. And a spiky, little leaf made a cute hedgehog.
- You can press the finished artwork between 2 heavy books overnight to keep leaves from curling up.
- You could also cover pictures with clear contact paper if you wish to preserve them.
- Let your kids know what you plan to do with the leaves when you get home; you may be surprised by how picky they become when collecting those leaves!
We really enjoyed making our leaf creatures; it’s such a fun way to use some of those fall leaves we’ve collected on our walks.
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