Children love making art on a large scale and so here is a large scale leaf art activity that is simple to set up and engaging for children. Going on a nature hunt and finding a variety of leaves, adding them to a sticky surface or large piece of paper is lots of fun for kids and looks wonderful when displayed. This can be a great activity to do during the Autumn or Winter… or just at any time of the year, really.
We live in an area with a wide variety of trees and other plant life and so when Autumn and Winter arrive we are always motivated to try and get outdoors and collect the treasures that have fallen to the ground.
With such beauty it’s inspiring to make some art and we decided to do this on a large scale.
We found so many great leaves. They were all sorts of colours, shapes and sizes and became a real talking point and a way of naturally comparing differences and similarities between each of them. Of course it had been raining and so we needed to dry them off with some absorbent paper towelling.
We could have done this activity indoors, however, we took advantage of the break in the weather and did our art piece outdoors and in the fresh air. Rolling out a large piece of paper and spreading out the leaves we began our large scale leaf art activity by sticking them down using a glue stick.
Having the leaves spread out on a large piece of paper really highlighted how different and beautiful they are and helps Possum (aged 3.5 years) to develop an appreciation of nature and what can be found in the environment.
Of course this is an activity that would easily done with children at home or in the classroom and looks beautiful when displayed on a wall. Some of the leaves may change over a few days and so it would be interesting for children to observe the changes.
Would your child enjoy a nature hunt?
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