Autumn Leaf Crafts

I hold my hands up, I’m not by any stretch of the imagination particularly good at crafting with my son. I’ll give it a go because it’s important for him to know that you don’t have to be any good at something to enjoy it. Having fun is the most important lesson, so this week we turned our hands to some autumn leaf crafts and had lots of fun.

One dry afternoon we went to our local park for a picnic, afterwards we had a little walk and collected a bag of leaves, pine cones, pine needles, bark, sycamore seeds and anything else we could find. This was itself a fun and learning activity, we talked about why leaves turn brown, the different colours and shapes, how leaves feel, what seeds and pine cones are and what happens to seeds when you plant them.

Autumn Leaf Crafts

We loved our trip to the park and it was the perfect excuse to warm up with a mug of hot chocolate when we got home. We left the leaves to dry for a bit and then got to work.

1. Put a nice veiny leaf under a piece of paper and rub over it with a crayon, this will give a relief of the leaf. Try it with different kinds of leaves.

2. We did some nice sticking and gluing. We glued some leaves to some paper and drew pictures around them. He liked this because he liked painting the glue on the leaves and being quite precise with it. This was great for his fine motor skills.

3. We held a leaf on a piece of paper and dabbed round it with some paint on a sponge. This is quite a pretty effect and it helped him think about the shape of the leaf and its outline.

4. The small boy had his cousin round to play, we decided to make a big tree. We taped a long roll of paper to the side of the kitchen cupboard (which meant it was easy to wipe drips where they’d missed the paper), we painted a large tree and some grass and we stuck a variety of leaves to the branches of the tree and also in the grass. This was a lovely activity, the boys got involved in some team work and alternated jobs.

easy autumn leaf crafts


We’ve had some messy-ish fun and we learnt a lot about autumn. We’ve had a great few days playing with and crafting with the bag of leaves we picked up from the park. It’s been pretty cheap entertainment too, for the small cost of some paper, paint and glue we’ve done a small stack of autumnal activities.

14 responses to “Autumn Leaf Crafts

  1. So fun. lots of things to do and make with the kids and they love it #letkidsbekids

  2. Sarah Doyle - let them be small

    I love this, and especially your sentiment at the beginning about not having to be good at something to enjoy it.

  3. Celesse @ Mummy Logic

    Aww I love it, so simple. Might have to steal that idea. #letkidsbekids

  4. I love the amount of things that can be done with leaves!! I never thought to make my own tree though!! Great idea!

  5. I love autumn crafts, so many beautiful colours and opportunities to get outside and think about nature. I love the tree they made, great idea.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  6. I love the size of that Tree you made. sometimes working in big is just what kids need to make an impact. A lovely way to learn about autumn. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids

  7. It’s a wonderful way for them to use nature as art and then just have fun while being creative. Fab tree!

  8. The large collaborative tree is a great idea! #countrykids

  9. This looks fun. We have a bag full of leaves from yesterday we need to find something to do with! #countrykids

  10. Emma T (@ETusty)

    Some great easy ideas. I love the tree – something to add to over the seasons potentially?

  11. I love this, such a wonderful idea.

  12. Kate, Baby Routes

    Your tree looks fantastic! We fancied doing something similar but weren’t quite sure how it would work. Now we know! Time to get leaf collecting…

  13. That looks like great fun! The leaves are finally starting to turn here so we might need to get out collecting this week… x

  14. What a brilliant tree, we’re in serious leaf collecting mode here too!

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