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Muddy Faces

Leaf colour matching

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

Art & Creating


Collect a range of different coloured leaves; autumn is the perfect time for this activity.

* 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

  • collection of coloured leaves
  • paper/card
  • coloured crayons/pencils/pens
  • glue/tape

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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:

  • 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
Art & Creating

Step #1

Lay out the leaves on a piece of paper.

Find a matching coloured crayon and draw a line next to the leaf in the same colour.

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Step #2

Write the name of the colour on the line (or you do it if they’re too young!) next to the leaf.

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Step #3

Match the leaves with lollipop sticks.

Use coloured sticks or use matching-coloured crayons to colour in natural-coloured sticks.

Take it further:

leaf stuck on coloured stick

Why not stick the matching leaves onto the lollipop sticks to take home?

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.

Key Features

  • Age Range 0 - 2
  • Duration Less than an hour
  • Location Anywhere
  • Season Autumn
  • Time of Day Anytime
  • Categories: Art & Creating


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