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Have your children collect 3-4 interesting fall leaves. Help each child roll pieces of tape and place them under the leaves to secure them to a flat surface. Next, give them a piece of paper to lay on top of the leaves. Give your children crayons that have had their paper removed. Next, show them how to lay a crayon sideways and rub it across the paper. Encourage your children to experiment with using different colors of crayons and occasionally moving the leaves to different positions.

NOTE: If the leaves your children find are not flat, have them lay the leaves on a table and place some heavy books on top of them for a while to flatten.

Have your children glue a large leaf on a piece of paper. Then with a black pen, have them draw on a head, two arms and two legs. Next have them glue a small leaf on for hands and feet and one for a hat.

You can make beautiful leaf prints with leaves and some tempera paint. Have your children lay 2-3 leaves on a piece of newspaper. Next, have them paint each leaf (the same or each a different color). Carefully, help each child to move the leaves to a clean piece of newspaper. Next, have them lay a clean piece of white paper on top of the leaves and gently rub across the top of the paper. When they lift off the white paper, they will find a beautiful print of the leaves underneath.
Give each child a paper plate. Have them draw on facial features with crayons. Then have them glue small leaves on the top of the plate for hair.


One of my nicest cooperative room displays with young children was to let them paint with watercolors on a piece of white paper. When the papers were dried, I cut them into simple leaf shapes and used them to decorate a large tree shape on the wall. I just rolled pieces of tape and stuck them to the backs of the leaves and placed them on the branches of the tree and on the ground beneath it.

NOTE: I have never done this, but I saw a great ideas once, where a teacher had cut old grocery sacks apart and had twisted them up to resemble a twisted 3-D tree and branches. It really looked great. You might want to try it. Let me know how it turns out!