Autumn is upon us and next Wednesday the 22nd is the first day, and without even a glance out the window the leaves are starting to fall in my yard. I am not ready for this yet, but here we go. This slide show reminded me of all the fun we had collecting leaves last fall.
Leaves make beautiful art craft projects. Children especially love collecting leaves, and they love to jump in piles of the dry, tempting mounds. After some different types of leaves have been collected make something cool with the children. HERE’S an idea for a cool pumpkin patch. You can lay out the leaves flat to dry, spray them with acrylic clear spray or glycerin to save for a fall decoration display, or gently press them between two sheets of copy paper and drag a fall- colored crayon over the top sheet to cut out later. I like to have a nature basket of real leaves on my craft table so the children can see all the leaf colors while they are making theirs. Visuals are important. You can also outline around the leaf with a crayon to make a simple pattern. These are only a couple of things that I like to do, I know you have many ideas as well. This is a simple, easy leaf project to hang on a wall or door handle.
Leaf Wreath Art Project
A thin white paper plate
Leaves to trace
Fall colors of construction paper
(Brown, orange, yellow, tan, and red.)
Child safe scissors
Glue or paste
Ribbon or yarn
#1The first step to make a leaf wreath:
Start by cutting out the middle circle of the paper plate so that it is a ring and resembles a wreath. Have the children color the ring shape, with a beautiful fall color of their choosing. I like to talk about fall and the usual fall colors that we see: brown, orange, yellow, tan, and red. So I’ll hand them a tray of crayons with those colors in it.
#2Design the leaves:
Trace and cut out several leaves from the colored construction paper enough to go around the wreath. If you want to use real leaves extra care will be needed as they are fragile and will probably break apart, but if you do want to prolong the life of the fall leaf masterpiece there are products on the market for sealing, dipping and polishing. I like the children to cut them out of the construction paper for their own personal touch.
Simply arrange the leaves in a desirable fashion with Glue or paste, they can overlap or you can simply make a cluster in one corner. Attach a simple fall colored piece of ribbon or yarn and hang it up for an easy Fall craft decoration.
Source: handed down from years of experience, originator unknown.