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Our free printable leaf activity kit is a great way for kids to jump into fall! Color, make into a collector’s book or leaf garland, and more!
When I was little, one of our classic autumn family activities was gathering up leaves during hikes or walks to collect and admire. Sometimes our leaf finds were part of an outdoor scavenger hunt, sometimes we collected them for rubbings or tracings, and most of the time my sister and I would just grab up an extra colorful bunch as my parents were raking – just to keep and show off.
To this day, whenever I go for an autumn walk, I think of my dad pointing out specific trees and showing us how they could be identified by their leaves. Now that I’ve started teaching my own classes, I wanted to share that lesson in a way that would be just as fun for young artists as it would be for budding botanists or little leaf collectors – so I turned it into a “kit” of printables I thought I’d share with all of you!
Our free printable leaf activity kit can be used to collect found leaves, color, decorate or embellish, use for games, or so much more! Your imagination is the limit with this one!
Heads up – we just updated our free printable activity kit and have 5 MORE ways to use it! Visit the fresh list of paper leaf activity ideas!
For your own fall leaf activity kit you’ll need:
- A few sheets of paper, white cardstock, or watercolor paper
- Our (UPDATED!) free printable kids leaf activity kit
- Crayons or other coloring supplies (finger paint, pastels or markers for coloring, etc.)
How to Make a Kids Leaf Collection Book – DIY Instructions:
- Download and print our free printable leaf activity kit
Download and print the mini leaf booklet pages of our free printable leaf activity kit.
- Cut apart the mini pages
Use scissors to cut apart the mini leaf booklet pages, then use a hole punch to make a small hole in the corner of each page.
- Bind with a binder ring or looped ribbon
Thread a ribbon or binder ring through the leaf collection pages and clasp or tie to form a closed loop.
Five Ways to Use Your Kids Leaf Activity Kit
There are no hard and fast rules or important instructions for this printable leaf kit – you can just print and go – but here are a few examples of ways WE used our pages…
1. Use as Seasonal Leaf Coloring Pages
Fall kids entertainment doesn’t get easier than printing this out to use as a coloring page. Paired with a stack of colorful crayons, this makes for some quality autumn quiet time.
You can stick with the classic color-makers, or explore your artistic side with watercolors, oil pastels, or chalks. The best part? When your little ones are done, you can turn this color page into an on-the-go leaf ID booklet!
2. Use for Leaf Identification with Kids
We cut our labeled leaf sheet apart, used a hole punch to make a hole in the corner of each, then put a brass fastener through. Voila – a lovely little book of leaves we plan on taking on nature walks and to the park!
3. Make an Artistic Fall Paper Leaf Garland
We also used pastels on our sheet of large leaves to make a leaf art garland. I saved our chalk pastel garland to use as some lovely, kid-made Thanksgiving decor!
You can color directly on the leaves, but we turned our sheet over and covered the back in autumn colors.
Once we finished coloring the back, we sprayed it with an art fixative (you can use hairspray if you don’t have any – it keeps the pastels from smudging and getting all over) let dry for a minute, then flipped over and cut around the outlines.
Once we had cut out all of our leaves, we used a glue gun to attach our leaves to a piece of grosgrain ribbon and tacked it up – how cute is that!
4. Make a DIY Leaf Memory Game
Print two pages of the same sheet, cut them into equal-sized cards, and use them for a memory game as we did!
5. Make Transparent Leaves on a Light Table
Print our sheet of leaf outlines onto colored transparency sheets, cut them out, and use them on a light table.
Even More Ways to Use Our Printable Leaves…
There are tons of ways you can use this printable leaf kit and kids often think of the most creative things to do with them – but here are a few more creative ideas for you:
- Use our paper leaves to make fall leaf animals like these!
- Print out, decorate, and use our leaf outlines as place cards, name tags, or autumn wall decorations at school.
- Frame our printable leaves in one big frame or 9 individual ones! This is an adorably easy bedroom or playroom decor idea for the little naturalist in your life. 😉
- Experiment with different painting and printmaking techniques, once you’re done, you can make a tree out of washi tape and decorate it with your artistic leaves (we decorated one whole kids’ room wall this way!).
For more fun kids’ fall leaf activities try making a simple and colorful DIY felt fall tree or play mouse mail with toddlers. Create a stunning fall leaf collage using a totally unique and unexpected process. Or turn your collection of found leaves into a beautifully simple gradient leaf banner!
And if you love this download, you’ll adore our nature explorer printable pack! Filled with pages of outdoor observation and exploration prompts, it’s perfect for hours of self-led nature learning and play.