Art with Leaves
- Carpet underlay sponge or dish washing sponge
- Real leaves or leaf patterns
- Meat trays
Using carpet underlay or dish washing sponges, cut out patterns for different leaf shapes. Pour paint into the meat trays. Dip the sponges into the paint and create. When available, you may also use real leaves to paint with by pressing a green leaf into the paint and then pressing it onto the paper.
- A variety of real leaves of varying shape and color
Collect a variety of leaf shapes, sizes, and colors. Willow leaves are great for bug wings. Small colored shrub leaves make excellent heads and legs. Encourage the children to make whatever they would like to create. That makes it art and not a craft. Open-ended art instead of craft projects are encouraged by early childhood educators.
Wooden Frame Pictures
- Four tongue depressors for each child
- A variety of materials collected from a walk
- Picture or drawing
Glue the tongue depressors together to create a picture frame. Have the children select and glue items they found from a walk in the woods to the picture frame. Attach the magnets to the back of the picture frame. Insert a photo or a picture drawn by the children to place in their frames.
Leaf Print Paper Weights
- One rock per child measuring at least 3″ across
- Small leaves
Dip the leaves in the paint and press the design onto the rocks. Let them dry before handling.
Maple Leaf Crowns
- Large amount of fresh maple leaves
Have the children collect maple leaves to make crowns. With adult help, pierce the leaves and thread the stem through the leaf. Continue until the chain of leaves fits the child’s head. Attach the first leaf to the last leaf in the chain to complete the crown.
Activities provided by:
Nature Boxes for Early Childhood Educators
Story County Conservation Board
56461 180th St.
Ames, IA 50010
Story County Conservation
Iowa Early Learning Standards:
8.2, 10.3, 13.1, 14.3
Related Kindernature Resources:
- Green Leaves Make Food
- Hi-Ho the Oak Tree Grows
- I Spy Signs of Fall
- Leaf Activities
- Leaf Critters
- Leaf It to Us
- Leaves Songs
- My Friendly Tree
- Over in the Forest
- Tree-Mendous Fun
- Triangle Trees
- Walnut Shell Crafts
- Where Do All of the Dead Leaves Go?