If you are collecting items outdoors this fall, this is a fun and easy leaf craft kids of all ages can create. It’s one of those “classic” activities that has become one of our fall traditions.
All through the year my kids love to collect items from nature, but fall is a time when it’s especially fun to see all the different leaves, acorns, and pine cones falling to the ground. We come home with buckets full, and we always put them to good use.
We were also lucky that Grammie and Hoppie brought us some beautiful fall leaves from Michigan last year. We used them for a lot of activities, including our leaf people craft inspired by this leaf man puppet.
Before doing this activity we read the books Leaf Man and Look What I Did with a Leaf! The kids loved seeing the images in the books, and it gave them a lot of inspiration for making their own creations.
To set up the activity we gathered some fall leaves, acorns, small twigs, paper and glue. If you don’t have fall leaves, you can also find packages of them at craft stores and the Dollar Tree in the fall.
The kids were invited to make their own creations. Lovey chose to create people this time.
Other children might have chosen to make other creations, and that creativity should be encouraged. I’m excited to set up this activity as an invitation to create again this year and see what all of the kids come up with this time.
To extend this activity you could ask kids to make up a story (orally or in writing) about their creations.
Printable Leaf Theme Lesson Plans
Are you teaching a leaf-inspired theme soon?
Check out our leaf theme lesson plans. This printable pack is full of hands-on learning activities that include reading, math, science, fine motor activities, sensory play, and more. In addition to full-day and half-day lesson plans, the pack also includes book recommendations, idependent center options, and a skills checklist. You also get an I See Fall Leaves printable emergent reader, printable Leaf Numbers 1-30, and a Leaf Observation Recording Sheet to use during your leaf theme.