Fun Leaf Activities That Will Get Kids Excited for Fall!

The bright and colorful leaves of fall just beg you to have fun with them! From jumping in piles of leaves to creating fun art projects, the possibilities are almost endless. I love when the trees around us start to change color and all of the beautiful fall decorations start to come out. We decided to embrace the fall season and have some fun with colorful leaf activities!

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Leaves by David Ezra Stein follows an adorable little bear as he experiences the changing seasons. When the leaves start to fall off the trees, he gets worried and tries to put them back. When he wakes from his winter nap, he is happy to see that the trees are growing new leaves again. This is a great story for talking to kids about the changing season. For young kids who worry about the trees dropping their leaves, this book can bring them comfort, knowing that the trees will grow new ones in the Spring.

Learning with Leaves

Raking Leaves Dramatic Play – My daughter loves to do housework. She loves it so much that she has insisted on using her bubble lawn mower in the snow! So I knew that she would enjoy an activity based on yard work. This is an easy game to set up for young kids that gets them moving. Tape a small square on the floor with masking tape and spread fake leaves around it. Give kids a small rake or broom and encourage them to get all of the leaves into the square only using the tool (not picking them up with hands!). She had a lot of fun trying to get all of the leaves into a pile. When kids get more comfortable with it, you can make it more challenging by adding different shapes and calling them out for them to rake leaves into.

Leaf Letter Matching – Upper case and lower case letters can be confusing for kids. Give them practice matching them together with this easy quiet bin activity. Print out the leaf template and create 52 leaves in different colors of construction paper. Write the alphabet in lower case letters on half of them, and in upper case letters on the other half. Have kids match the correct pairs together. There are two leaf shapes on the template, so you can mix and match shapes of leaves, or create all of your leaves with one shape.

Leaf Scavenger Hunt – We love going for walks, and my daughter is always picking things up and collecting them. When the ground is covered in leaves, this kicks into overdrive! I decided to make our walks a little more fun by encouraging her to find leaves of different colors and shapes. With older kids, you could have them find leaves from certain tree types around you as well. This not only gives you a reason to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather, but also makes kids more aware of the trees and plants around you.

Creating Leaf Art

Leaf Sun Catchers – These easy sun catchers are a fun way decorate the windows with the bright colors of fall. Cut two squares of clear contact paper and tape one down on a tabletop with the sticky side up. Have kids rip pieces of tissue paper and lay them in a single layer on the sticky surface. When they have it covered, lay the second piece of contact paper down on top of the tissue paper and lay some books on top of it to make sure it seals. Trace a leaf shape (or your child’s hand) onto the contact paper and cut it out. If the paper comes apart at the edges, use a little glue to stick it back together. Hang them in front of your window to catch some of the fall light.

 

Using Leaves to Create Art

Leaf Rubbing – There is something so fun about creating art out of leaves. This activity can be done with all ages, making it a great project for the family to do together. Gather leaves outside (or use fake leaves like these), and place them on a table. Lay a sheet of white paper over them and use the side of an unwrapped crayon to shade back and forth over the leaf until you see it’s shape come through the paper. See how many different leaf shapes you can color onto your page! Talk to kids about the different shapes of the leaves, as well as the characteristics of the leaves that you see coming through the paper.

Leaf Stamping – Create beautiful pieces of artwork by using leaves as stamps. Pour some paint onto a plate in different fall colors. Have kids carefully lay a leaf in the paint (you may need to help if they are younger) and then push the painted leaf onto a piece of white paper. Carefully pull the leaf off to leave an imprint on the page. Mix and match colors and leaf shapes to create a piece of fall art for your home.

 

There are so many fun ways that you can use leaves to teach kids a variety of important skills. What are some of your favorite leaf activities or crafts?

98 Comments

  • Jordan | Read. Eat. Repeat.

    September 18, 2017 at 8:01 am Reply

    These are great ideas! I like that there are activities that both my 4 year old and 2 year old could do.

    • Vicki

      September 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm Reply

      Thanks! I like to give families a range of activities that they can share. I think you are never too old to enjoy a picture book!

  • Kate

    September 18, 2017 at 8:20 am Reply

    Awesome ideas!!! I love the leaf sun catcher. My daughter would love that. Great post!

    Kate

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    • Vicki

      September 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun making them!

  • Melissa @ Disco Bumblebee

    September 18, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply

    I can’t wait for the leaves to start falling here! These are very cute suggestions, re-pinning for later!

    • Vicki

      September 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you have fun with them!

  • Sam | Away She Went

    September 18, 2017 at 9:33 am Reply

    I love the leaf sun catcher idea! It would look so pretty to have a window full of those.

    • Vicki

      September 18, 2017 at 1:15 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun making it!

  • candy

    September 18, 2017 at 10:07 am Reply

    Will be doing some of these great fall crafts when the grandkids come to visit. Anything relating to nature I think is awesome.

    • Vicki

      September 18, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I love any chance we get to use nature in our learning!

  • Alicia

    September 18, 2017 at 10:53 am Reply

    We always press leaves in wax paper and send them to friends and relatives in Florida who don’t get to experience the changing of the trees.

    • Vicki

      September 18, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply

      That is such an awesome idea! I should have my daughter do that for some of our relatives in the South too!

  • Lyndsey

    September 18, 2017 at 2:30 pm Reply

    These are cute little activities. We read the leaves book last year and it was so cute. We did a leaf painting this year and plan to add a few more fall activities.

    • Vicki

      September 18, 2017 at 8:11 pm Reply

      Thanks! I love the fall, so I will take any opportunity to do fall projects with my daughter!

  • Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries

    September 18, 2017 at 4:45 pm Reply

    Seeing those sun catchers totally took me back to my childhood. I need to do this activity with Zoey!

    • Vicki

      September 18, 2017 at 8:13 pm Reply

      I hope she has fun with them! I love doing projects with my daughter that I enjoyed doing as a kid.

  • Ana

    September 18, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply

    I cannot wait to do this with my kids! The leaves are starting to really fall. It is such an exciting time!

    • Vicki

      September 18, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply

      I love it! My daughter loves being outside so I’m excited to experience fall with her now that she understands more.

  • Francesca

    September 18, 2017 at 7:48 pm Reply

    These are all such great ideas! I’ll definitely be doing some of these with my daughter!

    • Vicki

      September 18, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply

      I hope you have fun with them!

  • Jessica Peresta

    September 18, 2017 at 7:55 pm Reply

    Yeah for fall! These activities are adorable and my boys will love them!

    • Vicki

      September 18, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Bridget Riepl

    September 18, 2017 at 8:36 pm Reply

    you are the best! thank you for this.

  • Anne | onedeterminedlife

    September 18, 2017 at 8:44 pm Reply

    I love fall! These look like great crafts

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply

      I love the fall too! We have been having a lot of fun with it!

  • Jenn

    September 18, 2017 at 10:22 pm Reply

    What wonderful and fun activities! Really gets us excited for fall!

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply

      I love the fall! I hope you have fun with them!

  • Rachel

    September 18, 2017 at 10:38 pm Reply

    I like the leaf stamping. I remember making leaf books in wax paper when I was in elementary school. I might have to do both this year.

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 1:03 pm Reply

      I hope you have fun with it! I’m hoping to put some leaves between wax paper with her when the leaves around here start falling more.

  • Julz

    September 18, 2017 at 11:04 pm Reply

    I love all these activities! Fall is such a great and colourful time of the year – When my big girl was small we used to sing the autumn fairy song, she still remembers it. It’s super cute!

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

      I don’t think I know that! My daughter loves singing, so I will have to look it up!

  • Erin Hollis

    September 18, 2017 at 11:19 pm Reply

    Such great ideas here! Will definitely be doing these with my girls. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm Reply

      I hope you have fun with them! We have been enjoying all of the colorful activities that fall brings!

  • Cherralle

    September 19, 2017 at 3:14 am Reply

    Such a fun exercise to do with the kids! Make learning fun

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm Reply

      I’m always looking for ways to make learning fun!

  • Zuzana

    September 19, 2017 at 8:09 am Reply

    What a lovely idea for autum. My daughter loves DIY. have to do it this weekend. Thanks for this

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 1:08 pm Reply

      I hope she has fun with these projects!

  • Laci

    September 19, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply

    So fun and neat we always love to make big piles and jump too.

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 1:08 pm Reply

      I can’t wait to do that with her this year!

  • Lauren | also known as mama

    September 19, 2017 at 8:22 am Reply

    Love love love this! You always have the best ideas – I love that you share more than just books!

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I love creating fun learning opportunities to make book come alive. I think it makes the reading experience more fun!

  • Laura

    September 19, 2017 at 8:27 am Reply

    Love the letter matching idea, we’ll try this! xx

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm Reply

      Thanks! I hope you have fun with it!

  • Crystal

    September 19, 2017 at 8:29 am Reply

    Cute ideas! I will have to test them out with my nieces and nephews! I love the look of the leaf sun art! Would be pretty covering some of the big picture windows in the house.

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! They are so easy to make!

  • Amber

    September 19, 2017 at 8:34 am Reply

    All the colors of fall are so fun. My daughter is a collector of everything too. She loves just picking up pretty leaves as we walk.

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply

      I’m looking forward to her picking up pretty leaves. Right now she picks up the dandelions, but she wipes the fluffy part on the grass and just collects the stems!

  • Tiara Johnson

    September 19, 2017 at 10:43 am Reply

    I’m going to try a few of these with my daughter! I’m always looking for new things to do with her.

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 1:13 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have lots of fun doing them together!

  • Shelbi

    September 19, 2017 at 1:19 pm Reply

    I love stumbling upon fun activities like these to do with the kiddos! Thanks for sharing!

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have fun with them!

  • Clair

    September 19, 2017 at 1:22 pm Reply

    These are great learning activities to do with the kids this fall! My daughter would LOVE the painting with the leaves ❤️

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 2:48 pm Reply

      We had a lot of fun with that one! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Meg

    September 19, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply

    I love these ideas! We got that book a year or two ago, and it’s perfect for introducing fall. I’m sure my little guy will especially love raking leaves…or more likely creating the mess with them. 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 2:49 pm Reply

      Oh yes, there was lots of that too! I hope he has fun wit it!

  • Cassie

    September 19, 2017 at 3:11 pm Reply

    My favorite growing up was definitely the leaf rubbings and the leaf stamping. I’m excited to try the leaf letter matching with my little guy! Thanks for the great ideas.

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 5:31 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you both have fun with it!

  • JeeYoung

    September 19, 2017 at 4:45 pm Reply

    I love these ideas, my boys will love the Fall-themed crafts and activities!

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 5:34 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! We have been having a lot of fun with Fall!

  • Leila

    September 19, 2017 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Great ideas. Going to try some of these.

  • ashley peavey

    September 19, 2017 at 5:20 pm Reply

    What a cute idea!

  • jehava

    September 19, 2017 at 6:06 pm Reply

    Love these ideas! So much fun! Thanks!

  • Tabitha Blue

    September 19, 2017 at 7:22 pm Reply

    Such great ideas! I think that leaf stamping looks fun!!

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 8:43 pm Reply

      We had a lot of fun with it!

  • anupriya

    September 19, 2017 at 8:07 pm Reply

    These are some amazing activities. I have been looking for things to do during the Autumn break with my son, I am surely going to try some of these.

    • Vicki

      September 19, 2017 at 8:44 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Kristen Raney

    September 19, 2017 at 10:52 pm Reply

    Fantastic ideas! We recently went on a nature walk and talked about the different kinds of leaves. These would be great activities to take it one step further.

    • Vicki

      September 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have fun with them! I’m sure we will be doing these a lot since my daughter is loving watching the leaves this year.

  • This Mum At Home

    September 20, 2017 at 6:45 am Reply

    We love books here in this house and love your blog. I espcially love seeing activities related to the books, its so great!

    • Vicki

      September 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I love bringing books to life for kids!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    September 20, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply

    How creative are these ideas! Great Fall activities for the kids!

    • Vicki

      September 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm Reply

      Thank you! We love the fall!

  • Becca

    September 20, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply

    These are such great ideas! I love the “raking the leaves” idea! We used to have so many leaves in our yard before we moved and now we have none- so my boys will LOVE to pretend play!

    • Vicki

      September 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! My daughter just loves housework, so she had a lot of fun with this one!

  • Amber Battishill

    September 20, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply

    These are all so cute! The leaves are falling like crazy already here and my son has been asking about them a lot. This is perfect timing.

    • Vicki

      September 20, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply

      Ours have just started to fall and my daughter is really curious about them too! This book is a great way to explain it to them.

  • Jenny

    September 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm Reply

    Some wonderful ideas here. I love the matching letters on the leaves, I’d never have thought to do that!

    • Vicki

      September 20, 2017 at 7:59 pm Reply

      Thank you! She loves matching things, so I’m always trying to come up with new games for her.

  • Kate

    September 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm Reply

    These are awesome fall-themed activities, Vicki! I always love your ideas! I think my toddler would like your dramatic play suggestion. The letter matching activity is very clever too.

    • Vicki

      September 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I hope you have fun with it! My daughter loves it, but she loves all housework for some reason!

  • Lisa @ Lisa Lately

    September 20, 2017 at 4:35 pm Reply

    A lot of creative ideas! So fun!

  • Tani

    September 20, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply

    I love how excited my friend in the Nothern Hemisphere get about fall! The colours are just so beautiful and I’m a big fan of pumpkin pie – we have a lady in Bali who makes it!

    • Vicki

      September 20, 2017 at 11:45 pm Reply

      I love all of the delicious baked goods of the fall season!

  • Chanel van Reenen

    September 21, 2017 at 6:55 am Reply

    These look so fun! We have a ton of leaves in our backyard that the kids could gather for these activities!

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:22 pm Reply

      Since my daughter loves collecting things when we are outside, I love coming up with ways to use them!

  • Sarah Fleming

    September 21, 2017 at 8:22 am Reply

    Love these ideas. They are perfect for my 13 month old!

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:26 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope you have fun with them!

  • Caitlin Patton

    September 21, 2017 at 10:45 am Reply

    These are great ideas! I have to try when I am babysitting my little cousins soon 🙂

    • Vicki

      September 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply

      I’m so glad! I hope they enjoy them!

  • Tabitha Shakespeare

    September 22, 2017 at 11:48 pm Reply

    These are such fun activities! So cute and simple!

    • Vicki

      September 23, 2017 at 1:26 pm Reply

      Thank you!!

  • anupriya

    September 23, 2017 at 9:21 am Reply

    I life the letter matching game the most. This will be most relevant for my son. But I’d love to try out other art & craft activities too only if my son had the patience.

    • Vicki

      September 23, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

      I hope you try them out! The suncatcher may be a good one to start with. My daughter really liked pounding the tissue paper pieces onto the sticky surface.

  • Deepali

    September 29, 2017 at 11:14 am Reply

    Awesome post !!!
    Some great tips !!!

  • Annemieke

    October 4, 2017 at 1:36 pm Reply

    Mine is a bit too young for these as of yet (13 months) but I’ll have to remember these for next year.

    • Vicki

      October 4, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply

      I hope you have fun with them next year!

  • Denise

    October 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm Reply

    these look so good and you make them seem easy, I might try some with my daughter one day

    • Vicki

      October 14, 2017 at 8:37 pm Reply

      I hope you do! Since my daughter is an energetic toddler, I am all about the easy activities!

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