I love fall. Especially the crisp and sunny days where the trees are ablaze with color. Celebrate the season with your kids with a couple of small art projects using leaves. Take a nature walk and collect leaves of different sizes, shapes and colors. Then bring them home, have a snack of sliced apples with carmel dip and get to work on some projects! I’ve suggested a few here to get you started but let the nature of the season guide you!
- Leaf Rubbings — This is a great project to learn about textures. Place your leaves under a sheet of paper then using a crayon with the paper peeled off, lay it horizontally on top of the paper and rub it all over until the shapes of leaves appear.
- Leaf Wreaths — Cut the center out of a paper plate and paint what remains brown. Glue leaves of different colors and sizes all over it. Kids will love hanging it on their bedroom door to decorate for the season.
- Leaf Puppets — Use construction paper to cut out a head, shirt and pants or a dress. Glue them together. Use small leaves in an overlapping pattern to create garments for your puppet. You can also use leaves as hair. Dress up the outfits by adding sequins or rhinestone embellishments. Tape a long twig to the back as a puppet handle and tape sticks on for the arms as well. Send the kids off to put on a Fall puppet fashion show.
- Leaf Window Hangings — Pick out the prettiest leaves and arrange them on the sticky side of a sheet of contact paper. Seal with a second sheet of contact paper and cut out in any shape you desire (a leaf shape would be cool!) Punch a hole in the top and tie a loop of yarn through it to tack into the wall above a window so it hangs down and catches the light.
- Leaf Imprints — Paint one side of a leave (vein side up) then press it carefully onto a piece of paper then remove (like a stamp). Repeat with different colors to achieve the design you desire.
What fun fall projects are you making with your kids this season? We’d love to hear! Please “leaf” a comment! 🙂