Leaf Art and Crafts for Kids

Leaf Art and Crafts for Kids from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Fall is coming and in many places the leaves will be changing color and falling to the ground. It is a great time of year to get out and learn first hand about the changing of the seasons and the cycle of the leaves.

Here are some leaf books to get your started on your adventure: 12 Kids Books About Leaves

After you have gotten outside and enjoyed the fall leaves, you can head in and create some fun leaf art and crafts projects with the nature you have collected.

Leaf Art and Crafts for Kids

1. Leaf Coasters

What you need:

  • bathroom tiles
  • leaves
  • modge podge

What to do:

Simply create a collage of leaves to place on your tiles and use modge podge to hold it on the tiles. These are simple to do and make great decorations as well as gifts.

2. Leaf Rubbings

What you need:

  • a variety of crayons with the paper off
  • a variety of leaves
  • construction paper or cardstock

What to do:

Simply lay the leaves right side up on construction paper or cardstock and rub with a crayon. You can do multiples on one page, or use different color papers and crayons to create a fun and color project to frame!

3. Leaf Animals

What you need:

  • a variety of different shaped and sized leaves
  • twigs and other fallen plant scraps
  • glue
  • cardstock

What to do:

Gather leaves of different sizes and shapes. Larger leaves can be used for the body and smaller ones make great ears, wings, etc. Small twigs and plant scraps can be used for legs and other animal details. Have your children arrange the leaves to create animals like owls, birds, bugs, foxes, rabbits and more!

4. Leaf Lanterns

What you need:

  • mason jars
  • modge podge
  • fall leaves
  • small candles or clear Christmas lights

What to do:

This is and easy craft for kids of all ages that makes a beautiful fall decoration or gift. Simply use the modge podge to hold your leaves in place on the jar. You kids can make a specific pattern or just cover the jars completely in leaves (this makes a pretty stained glass look). Small candles or clear Christmas lights can be inserted inside the jars to light them up!

5. Leaf Books

What you need:

  • a collection of leaves
  • a book to help you identify them
  • markers
  • glue or tape
  • white cardstock
  • page protectors

What to do:

You can create a leaf book with fall leaves or any leaves. Simply gather a collection of leaves and use a guide book to identify them. Your kids can arrange their leaves on cardstock and secure with glue or tape. Then they can write the type of leaf and any identifying or special characteristics on the page. We like to use page protectors to keep it all safe and secure. To keep it all together you can use a folder or brads to make a nice book.

6. Leaf Bunting

What you need:

  • pages from an old book
  • leaves
  • twine
  • scissors
  • modge podge

What to do:

Bring your leaves home and  press them in a book, leaving them for a few days until completely dried. Then using pages from an old book, cut out pennant shapes. Be sure to leave extra length at the top to be able to fold over and staple to create a space to string your banner with twine.
Use modge podge adhesive to attach the pressed leaves to each pennant. (One larger leaf or a few smaller ones per pennant.) The fold down the top portion of each pennant, secure with staples leaving enough space to thread the twine through.
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