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Muddy Faces

Leaf art with pens

A simple and creative early years craft and mark making activity using leaves.

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* Muddy Faces actively promotes child-led outdoor play & learning. We recognise and believe in the curiosity that children have and their drive to explore and discover. We hope that you will bear this in mind when considering more prescribed activities like this one – often much more creative ideas will occur if resources are simply provided and children are given the time and space to explore independently.

What you'll need

  • a collection of gathered leaves
  • acrylic pens/paint

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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:

  • use non-toxic water based pigment if leaving art in the environment
  • ideally collect leaves from the ground, but if picking leaves from a tree aim for minimal impact (seek permission when necessary)
  • leave no trace

Health & Safety Considerations

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

  • collecting natural materials


Gather a selection of pens that will write on your leaves.

We found acrylic pens and chalk pens work well – many cheaper markers work well too.

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Step #1

Collect some leaves.

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Step #2

Find a flat surface.

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Step #3

Get creative.

Take it further:

  • use spots for maths and counting.
  • try tracing the veins and lines of the leaves – requires close observation!

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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