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Autumn Leaf Art

by Liska Myers


When we returned home, we set to making our own Leaf Man. Looking at the book, we loosely based our leaf man on the design presented on the cover. It is great for getting in the mood for leaf art, and the book acts as a good prompt for reluctant artists.

Afterwards, we felt confident creating on our own, and you certainly wouldn't need the book in order to enjoy creating autumn mosaics.

Fall Leaf Art

Here are a few other tips for making interesting leaf collages:

1. If you want to have some simple fun with children, collect leaves and set to playing without further ado. But if you think that your children would like to keep the collages they will make, you might want to dry leaves between pages of books for a couple of days ; or iron them to make them flat.

2. Once the leaves are flat, they can be glued to paper with white glue or double-sided tape.

3. Use twigs, acorn caps, flowers, and pine needles for details in the collage.

4. You can also draw on leaves with markers, or paint with tempera to add details.

5. Some shapes can be created with scissors or hole punches!

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Autumn is the time of year when summer memories begin to fade and the seasons change the scenery to a beautiful hue. Read the book Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert, and create your own autumn leaf art. A perfect way to encourage children to go outside and look for leaves! 

Have fun creating! And after you are done, please, share your creations with us on our Facebook page or Twitter. We would love to see your work!

Liska Myers is an author of the blog, Adventure in a Box, where she shares ideas on how to make wooden toys, set up a home puppet theatre, and choose the best children's books. Accompanied by her husband and son, she lives and adventures in Ontario, Canada.

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