If your children are anything like mine they will end every school run or trip to the park with a handful of pretty autumn leaves that they refuse to let you get rid of! Last year we just pressed and framed the prettiest, but this year I have been looking around for some different ideas and have found these amazing and very easy craft activities.
Some of them use the leaves themselves, and others are based upon recreating the gorgeous autumn colours that we are seeing outside. Every single one is simple and uses no special supplies or skills, except a bit of tracing paper for the suncatchers. Otherwise all you will need is paper, paint, glue or tissue paper. I hope you like doing these with your children, and don't forget to let us know how you get on!
Leaf Print Paintings: easy for younger children to do, and if they are having trouble holding the leaves in place you can use a piece of blu-tac to keep them still while they paint. (credit minne-mama)
I love these tree paintings! The centre on is hand prints and finger painting, then the others are prints using a dish brush and loo rolls! (credit babble, craftymornings)
Using the leaves to make animal pictures is such a lovely idea as well, and although there are endless possibilities these were my favourite. The hedgehogs look really effective, as well as super easy for younger children. (credit coolmompicks, craftymornings)
These autumn leaf wreaths have been made with paper plates and a mixture of scrunched up tissue paper and craft leaves, but you could use real leaves for an even prettier effect. (credit happyhooligans)
This is just about the easiest way to make fun leaf prints that even toddlers will have no trouble doing, and the effect is so pretty! (credit babble)
Older children might like to try recreating these beautiful leaf bugs with pens and paints though I'm not sure my efforts would be as good as these! (credit coolmompicks)
I think this is my favourite idea of all - Leaf Suncatchers. You just need tissue paper glued to tracing paper, draw leaf outlines and cut them out. They look so pretty and effective that I am dying to give these ones a go. (credit ehow).
Have fun with these Easy Autumn Crafts, and let us know if you like this idea. If it's popular we might do a Halloween or Christmas one for you, let us know what you think!