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? Use them in a quick fall nature bin!
When it comes to crafting with leaves, 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!
Fall Leaf Craft: Leaf Creatures
Collect some colorful leaves on a fall walk with the kids. Make sure the leaves are dry before you start crafting with them.
You might want to spark your child’s imagination by suggesting what a few leaves look like. “This one looks like the wings of a butterfly!”
When you are ready to begin, secure the leaves to your paper with double-sided tape.
Use markers and wiggly eyes to help add details to the leaf creatures.
My favorite part of this fall craft is watching their imaginations come to life.
The kids carefully chose the leaves and arranged them on paper. That little brown leaf really does make the perfect owl!
Once your child has created a picture or two with the leaves they collected, you may find that they want to look for more leaves.
My daughter wanted to hunt our front yard; she soon was talking about what each leaf would become as 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 leaf craft, and the perfect way to use some of those fall leaves we’ve collected on our walks.
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This post was originally posted on September 30, 2015.