5 Preschool Fall Leaf Crafts

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Image via Flickr/mksfly

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year to get crafty with my kids. From pumpkins to leaves, there are so many different craft activities you can do during the season.  

While creating artwork with leaves, your child will learn about the changing of the seasons, as well as practice fine motor (cutting, gluing, coloring) and higher thinking skills. 

Before beginning your leaf craft project, help your child collect leaves of different shapes and sizes.  This is a great time to talk about tree names and how each leaf has a different shape.  Encourage your child to listen to the sound the leaves make crunching beneath their feet and between their fingers.  

Here are some great fall leaf crafts that are simple and inexpensive:

tissue paper leaves
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1. Tissue Paper Stained Glass Leaves   

This simple project is made with just three craft supplies: tissue paper, contact paper (I use clear adhesive book covers), and scissors. This is one of my children's favorite fall craft projects. They just love tearing up the tissue paper and then sticking it on the contact paper.  

foliage leaves
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2.  Animal Leaves- 

Create cute animals such as an owl or a bird using leaves, twigs, markers, googly eyes, and other fun craft materials. Check out the book Look What I Did With a Leaf and the blog Ko-Ko-Ko Kids for more ideas.  


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Image via Mindi Stavish

3.  Foliage Wooden Letters

Decorate wooden letters with leaves by applying Modge Podge to the letter. This is a great way to practice letter recognition with your preschooler!

leaf stamp bookmark
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4.  Leaf Bookmarks

Use scrapbooking hole punchers in a variety of shapes (such as butterflies, stars, and circles) to create shapes with your leaves. Then use card stock covered with contact paper to create fun fall bookmarks.


fall leaf puppet with google eyes
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5.  Leaf Puppets

Bring fall themed children's books – such as When the Leaf Blew In – to life with this quick project.  Glue googly eyes onto a leaf and the leaf onto a popsicle stick. Create one for each color of leaf that your child collected, and then sing this song together, acting out “falling down” with the puppets.

The Leaves are Falling Down (To the tune of Farmer in the Dell)

The leaves are falling down 

The leave are falling down

Red, yellow, green, and brown

The leaves are falling down

How does your family celebrate the fall season?


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5 Preschool Fall Leaf Crafts

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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  1. Bethany says:

    My son has been collecting a lot of leaves so I needed some new ideas of what to do with them. These should be really fun to do!

  2. Marilyn says:

    My son loves the leaves in the fall and these ideas are so cute! Can’t wait to try them! 🙂

  3. elizabeth says:

    very neat little crafts

  4. Cynthia says:

    I really like the leaf bookmark craft I think using the punched leaves as an accent on scrapbook pages would be adorable.

  5. Aurika says:

    I loved doing that as a kid and can’t wait to do it with my toddler.

  6. jessica says:

    I work in a daycare and I LOVED this! I can’t wait to try these crafts!!


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