INSPIRATIONS – leaves
Our most easily accessible natural material – there’s a lot you can do with a leaf!
Age Range: all ages
Duration: 1-2 hours
Time Of Day: any time
Category: * what's new * art & creating inspirations outdoor play
Welcome to Muddy Faces Inspirations – identified with the light bulb symbol. Inspirations bring together activities & ideas with a specific theme, to inspire your time outdoors playing, learning & connecting with nature. Keep an eye out for highlighted links taking 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.
Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could the 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
Getting creative with leaves
Sycamore leaf basket
Push the stalk through the leaf and create a mini basket.
Kicking and running
Scrunch through autumn leaves, see how high you can kick them up into the air!
Catching a leaf
Catch them with your hands as they fall or, for more of a challenge, on your head!
Sneak and creep
Try to walk over leaves without making a noise (it could be a crunch or a squelch depending on the weather!).
You could try playing ‘Grandma’s footsteps’ this way.