November 25, 2019

Our most easily accessible natural material – there’s a lot you can do with a leaf!

Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: all ages

Duration: 1-2 hours

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: any time

Season: any

Tags: art, autumn, decoration, hapa zome, leaf, leaves, natural materials

Category: * what's new * art & creating inspirations outdoor play


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.

Environmental considerations

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

Cheery autumn leaf faces

This simple concept can be the inspiration for all sorts of creations, such as leafy lions manes.

finished leaf face autumn leaves stuck around circle of card

Autumn window

A very simple early years activity to cheer up any window with gorgeous autumnal colours.

autumn leaves stuck to window with clingfilm

Autumn leaf wand

A simple-to-make leaf wand for ushering in the autumn faeries.

close up of leaf and stick tied together

Leaf art with pens

You could write messages too!


Leaf decorations

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

cut leaves stuck together and decorated with glitter

Hapa zome – leaf bashing

A natural way to create your own amazing leaf prints on cloth.

Hapa zome – decorations

A natural way to create your own amazing leaf prints on discs.

Hapa Zome Pendants

Hapa zome – Christmas tree decorations

Use bashed leaf prints to create Christmas tree decorations.

fern bashed onto disc (hapa zome decoration)

Sycamore leaf basket

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

basket made of a sycamore leaf filled with acorns

Leaf trail

Use our Discover Leafs & Seeds set – with designs burnt into wooden discs – to go on a trail and help with tree identification.

set of leaf shapes on wooden discs