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.
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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.
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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
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This set currently includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Roll and Say Fall ABC Game (uppercase and lowercase versions)
2) Roll and Count Leaves Math Game
3) Small Leaf Cards for Sorting and Patterning
4) Sight Word Trees Activity Mats, Letter Cards, and Sight Word Cards
5) Color Word Leaf Cards
6) Leaf Number Cards (0-35)
7) Sorting Leaves Color Mats and Leaf Cards
8) Fall Leaves Emergent Reader (3 versions)
9) Leaf Observation Recording Sheet
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Home Preschool Leaf Theme Lesson Plans
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AWww….super cute!! Love these 🙂
Anna@The Measured Mom
Really adorable! We’ll have to keep an eye out for acorns and brightly colored leaves — love this season!
These are adorable!
Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest
Such cute little leaf people. We’d have a lot of fun with this. Excited to try it!
Love it! I want to do this with my girls this fall (they are 3 and 5). This would be fun to do after a nature walk and gathering little bits of this and that. Thanks for the idea! Come visit me if you have a chance! sunnysweetlife.blogspot.com
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Those leaf people are so cute! I love the idea to use them for story telling, too. I never would have thought of this idea, but it would be perfect for our fall-themed tot trays we have coming up. I’ll have to check my dollar store for some fake leaves because all of our leaves are new and tiny. 🙂
Thanks! Hope you are able to find some leaves.
So cute! We just used our fall collections to make faces on paper.
I love the creativity that can be unleashed here. Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!
Sarah @ How Wee Learn
Such a fun idea. I love how open ended this activity is. We made gourd people in a similar way – but this activity seems even friendlier to tiny hands.