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The perfect resource for a natural material activity - 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

Crafty leaf fun

Threading leaves

A fab activity to help develop fine motor skills, a favourite woodland activity!

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Autumn leaf wand

A magical children's woodland craft activity - a simple-to-make leaf wand for ushering in the autumn fairies.

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Leaf decorations

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

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Cheery autumn leaf faces

A simple early years activity using autumnal leaves.

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Hapa zome- leaf-bashing

A simple children's craft activity using a hammer to create 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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Hapa Zome

Hapa zome Christmas trees

A festive leaf bashing activity to create a natural tree decoration.

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Hapa zome decorations

Create natural prints on wooden discs using a hammer! A great little activity for young children who love bashing with hammers!

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Hapa zome- leaf-bashing

A simple children's craft activity using a hammer to create amazing leaf prints on cloth.

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a few more ideas

autumn leaves pattern around tree

Sycamore leaf basket

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

Pretend fire for the fairies!

Land Art

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

Some of your ideas

Thank you to Louisa Appel at Fourmarks Primary in Hampshire for the Leaf Art & Craft ideas

leaf animal
leaf art print
leaf print

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Leaf Print Set

£16.99 exVAT

Hapa Zome is a fun and effective natural colour extraction technique that appeals to all ages and abilities.

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Rustic ID Board - Tree Leaves

£36.99 exVAT

A beautifully designed rustic identification board showing 11 of the most commonly found tree leaves in the UK. The design is laser etched onto a waney-edged plank which has been sanded on one side and is smooth to touch. The plank is ...

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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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