Year 2-6|Age 5-11|1-2 Classes
Here are 5 fun leaf art projects to get your kids running around outside and exploring their environments. The weather is changing and the leafs are falling, a perfect opportunity for some cross-curricular learning here. If you give these a try, please send me a link to the project, I'd love to see them.
I took my Year 2’s out on a leaf hunt to collect 6-8 leaves. They were to collect 2-4 pairs of leaves that could be ‘twins’. They absolutely loved going outside and showing me all the leaves they found. Before we sat down to start making, I showed them the animated story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to give them a fun way to look at where butterflies come from. Then they arranged them on card stock in the shape of a butterfly. I introduced the meaning of the word Symmetry. Love sliding in some new vocab!
For this particular project, I sent my year 3’s outdoors to collect 3 different types of leaves.
They came back and traced around the leaves onto card stock and cut out the shapes.
They used these shapes as templates to draw random leaf shapes all over the 12″x 18″ page.
I gave them some oil pastels and crayons to draw and colour their leave projects.
Once they were satisfied with their designs they used watercolour paint to finish it off. The wax crayons and oil pastels will resist the watercolour paint, and ensue a load of “oohs” and “ahhs” from the children. I love how these turned out. Don’t you?
Year 4’s got to use chalk to create beautiful leaf silhouettes. Similar to to year 3, they gathered leaves which where to be traced around on card stock and cut out. They just ran chalk on the outer edge of their card stock cut-outs with chalk and then finger smudged outwardly on the page.
I like to test out projects with different age groups, so I approached the year 3 project with my year 5’s but approached this a little differently. Instead we used a lot more crayons and were embellishing designs with coloured pencils and felt tip pens. They used acrylic paint to accent their designs instead of watercolour.
My year 6's created these beautiful leaf reliefs with just foil and acrylic paint. I took them out on a leave hunt, they were to pick up a few flat and broad leaves. We glued them flat down onto some card board, covered the entire thing with glue and carefully placed foil over the top. Burnishing with felt patches worked great to bring out the textures of the leaves. We sponge painted the foil with black acrylic and let it dry. Once dried, I cut up kitchen sponges, the kind with the green rough part on the bottom and cut them up into little squares. We used that rough patch to gently scrub over the leave imprints. The results were fantastic! Some kids scrubbed a bit too hard and tore the foil, exposing the leaf... So emphasise the word gently.
What Leaf Art Projects have you tried?