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Muddy Faces


Our most easily accessible natural material - there's a lot you can do with a leaf!

Art & Creating


Welcome to Muddy Faces Inspirations: bringing together activities & ideas with a specific theme, to inspire your time outdoors playing, learning & connecting with nature. Follow the highlighted links to take you to our step-by-step activity guides.

Aren’t leaves brilliant! Leaves are a wonderful natural resource to use for all sorts of activities. They are fun to collect, come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and change colour! From identifying trees to simple leaf craft, we’ve collated a bundle of leaf activities to give you some leafy inspiration.

What you'll need

  • collected leaves

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Environmental Considerations

Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:

  • ideally collect leaves from the ground, but if picking leaves from a tree aim for minimal impact (seek permission when necessary )

Health & Safety Considerations

Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:

  • see individual activities

A collection of our lovely leaf activities:

Threading leaves

This must be one of the most popular woodland activities of all time - ideal for collecting colourful autumn leaves to use back at base, or to make amazing leaf mobiles.

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Leaf colour matching

A lovely activity for little ones to practice matching & naming colours.

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Autumn leaf wand

A simple-to-make leaf wand for ushering in the autumn fairies.

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Cheery autumn leaf faces

This simple idea using lovely autumnal leaves can be the starting point for many different variations, such as leafy lions manes.

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Hapa zome- leaf-bashing

A natural way to create your own amazing leaf prints on cloth.

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Autumn window panel

A very simple early years activity to cheer up any window with gorgeous autumnal colours.

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Leaf decorations

Combine leaves & cookie cutters for a fun and effective art project

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Hapa zome Christmas trees

Use bashed leaf prints to create Christmas tree decorations.

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Hapa zome decorations

Create natural prints on wood for inspiring decorations or accessories.

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a few more ideas:

Sycamore leaf basket

Push the stalk through the leaf and create a mini basket.

Land Art:

Create spirals or geometric patterns, faces or whole scenes – use the different colours & shapes to your advantage.

Take some inspiration from land artists James Brunt and Andy Goldsworthy, and Land Art for Kids.

leaf shapes on wooden discs

Leaf trail:

Use our Discover Leaves & Seeds set - with designs burnt into wooden discs - to go on a trail and help with tree identification.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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