With fall in full swing, now is the perfect time to put those leaves to good use. Instead of raking and bagging your leaves like every other year, have some fun with them! Here are 5 creative leaf activities to do with the kids this season.
1. Create a Leaf Picture
Head outside and collect leaves of all shapes, colours and sizes. When you get home, sit down with some scissors and glue and put them together to create the perfect fall picture.
2. Paint Your Leaves
Find a few colourful leaves outside and grab your paint. You can get as creative as you want with this one! Paint your leaves any colour and design you like. When you’re done leave them to dry for a few hours. You can hang them up around the house, frame them or put them in a scrapbook.
3. Press and Preserve Your Favourite Leaves
Pressing and preserving leaves is quite simple. While there are many different methods, the simplest way is to use some heavy books and newspaper. Dry off your leaves, then place them between two pieces of newspaper. Pile on some heavy books, let them dry and viola! Other methods include coating the leaves in glycerin or wax to extend their shelf life.
4. Have a Leaf Scavenger Hunt
If you’re headed to the park or going for a hike, set up a leaf scavenger hunt! Make a list of different leaves you want to collect that are different colours, shapes, sizes and varieties. This activity helps get the kids engaged with nature while enjoying time outdoors.
5. Make Spooktacular Leaves
These ghost themed leaves are cute and very easy to make. All you need is leaves, white paint, scissors and a black sharpie. Use maple leaves and cut the top portion into a semi-circle to create the head, paint white and draw on a spooky face once they are dry!