Art activities benefit children in so many ways from the development of motor skills to expressing emotion. These simple and affordable leaf painting ideas are excellent for kids and adults can have fun with them, too.
Leaf Printed Rocks
Study geology and plants while getting artistic with these leaf-printed rocks. A special trick to professional-looking prints: paint the backside of the leaf.
Glue Resist Leaf Painting
This garland leaf craft is an excellent way for your child to explore colors and strengthen fine-motor skills.
Melted Crayon Leaf Suncatchers
Make science fun with these melted crayon leaf suncatchers. Children get creative while learning about matter as crayons turn from solid to liquid.
Glitter Paper Leaves
These glitter paper leaves make a fun, vibrant decor and offer children a chance to learn how to sew.
Pattern Leaf Painting
Doodle, draw, and write fun messages on leaves. When you’re finished, Modge Podge seals your work while bringing out the color of the leaves for a long-lasting decor.
Leaf Rubbing Collages
Go on a nature walk and collect fallen leaves to prep for this art project. This activity is a great way to foster concentration, motor, and pre-writing skills.
Leaf Painting Creatures
If you’re looking to bring a smile to your kid’s face, these fun leaf paintings will probably do the trick. Cut out some ears and create a cat leaf, paint a snake onto a long skinny leaf, or paint on some feathers for a bird leaf.
Watercolor Leaf Painting
Kids can learn about shapes, writing, and art while creating watercolor paint art. Once complete, these masterpieces can be framed to add some artwork to your home.
Big Leaf Printing
Large leaves and colorful paint inevitably lead to beautiful art. These big leaf paint prints bring us the classic art lesson of mixing colors that every kid loves.
Fingerprint Relief Leaf Painting
Paint or change things up with stamp pads to create these unique leaf prints. What a fun way to explore shapes and colors.
Marbled Leaf Painting
It’s always a treat when you can keep kids entertained with simple ingredients you have at home. Mix some shaving cream with paint or food coloring for this one-of-a-kind art project.
Encourage giggles and fine motor skill development with these leaf monsters made with markers, stickers, and googly eyes.
Sunflower Leaf Craft
Get outdoors and go on a hunt for lots of long, skinny leaves to make a vibrant sunflower craft with your little one. Not only is this fun for kids, but it’s also a great way for adults to unwind.
This leaf puppet activity is an ideal way to encourage imaginative play along with reading skills.
Let your kid explore the great outdoors while collecting leaves and sticks to create quirky butterflies. Incorporate a lesson on loving nature by encouraging them to pick only things that have already fallen from trees.
This is one of the simplest activities you can find that’s good for kids of all ages and offers opportunities for getting outside and being crafty.
Rainbow Leaf Painting
Dive into math skills like shapes and patterns while painting leaves of all shapes and sizes. This one is great for toddlers and school-aged kids alike.
Fall Leaf Prints
Take a peaceful walk alone collecting leaves or with your kids while they get to know their five senses. Once you’ve got an assortment of leaves or even one that your little one loves, create a leaf print using as little or many colors as you’d like.
Leaf Suncatcher Collage
As your child picks dry leaves and flowers, discuss the life cycle of a leaf. Use your findings to create positive energy with suncatchers to display in your windows.
Leaf Watercolor Resist Art
Watercolor resist art with real or fake leaves is a cool art project we don’t always see. These make for a great gift or art to display at home.
Collect various leaves and get silly with these fun leaf friends. What fantastic way to inspire imaginary play to promote important social and emotional skills.