Combine leaves & cookie cutters for a fun and effective natural art project for children.
What you'll need
- collection of leaves
This activity has been provided by
Useful items from our shop
- Claw Hammer - 8oz Stubby
- Glue - Waterproof
- Hole Punch (Kids at Work)
- Assorted Paint Brushes - Pack of 10
- Butterfly Cutter
- Sisal String
Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:
- source of natural materials
- glitter - use biodegradable glitter or don't use
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
- tool use
Head out for an autumn walk through your park, woods or other outdoor space and collect lots of fallen leaves – all different shapes, sizes and colours. Use the opportunity to discuss whether or not you should pick leaves off live trees and plants, or only use the fallen ones.
Decorate some of the leaves using glue and glitter, or paints.
Cut some of the leaves with the cookie cutters.
In winter, leaves tend to be a bit tougher because they have dried out. To get nice clean cuts through these leaves tap gently on the cutter with a hammer.
Glue the leaves and cut-out leaf-shapes together in layers of different shapes and sizes.
Paint over with glue to help preserve shapes and colours.
Use a hole punch to carefully punch a hole in your leaves, then lightly thread a thin ribbon through to create a lovely decoration.
Take it further:
- try colour-clashing or colour-matching different leaves, or sticking different shapes together so they overlap in interesting ways
- try cutting them with different-shaped cutters
- or draw around a template and then cut with scissors
- use your decorated leaves to make a collage or leaf mobile.
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.