This must be one of the most popular woodland activities of all time – ideal for collecting colourful autumn leaves to use back at base, or to make amazing leaf mobiles.
Age Range: all ages
Duration: less than an hour
Time Of Day: any time
Category: art & creating sustainability & nature
Find a small (match-sized) stick and a slightly larger stick.
Cut a length of thin string approx 60-70cms long.
Tie the match-sized stick to one end of the string – try to make the knot as tight and low profile as possible.
This stick will become the needle, threading through the leaves.
You have now created a Super Leaf Threader!
Sometimes it can be difficult to tie this little stick on or it may slip off. An alternative is to use a chunky needle.
Tie a knot in the string to stop the needle slipping off.
Another alternative is to tightly Sellotape one end of a piece of string to make it rigid.
Take a walk through the woods, gathering and threading lots of colourful and different-shaped fallen leaves.
Use the small stick to thread through the leaves, one by one.
… or use the needle for threading through the leaves.
Continue threading leaves onto the string until you have collected as many as you want, or are satisfied with your creation.