Got leaves? You’ll need a few for this one – which makes it a perfect fall activity. We gathered our leaves one afternoon on a nature walk around the neighborhood. We took our time choosing as many different shapes, sizes and colors as we could find.
Of course, we completed our entire project outside in our front yard, which keeps the mess fun. This one involves only a few simple steps:
- Close up your bag of leaves & get crushing. This was The Explorers’ favorite part! They loved stomping on their bags. We used plastic Ziploc bags to make sure the leaves didn’t come flying out during crushing. You may need to use your hands to pound on the bag a bit, too, if stomping alone doesn’t do the trick. Set your leaves aside.
- On a piece of construction paper, draw a picture. I was hoping the kids would go for a pumpkin or maybe a turkey. Instead, they opted for flying machines (that’s The Big Explorer’s rendition of the Space Shuttle Endeavor above). Go figure.
- Place glue where you want the crushed leaves to be in your drawing. We decided to use our leaves as an outline, but you could fill your entire design with leaves, too.
- Sprinkle on the crushed leaves. Don’t be afraid to add more than you think you’ll need.
- Shake off the excess leaves. Enjoy your one-of-a-kind piece of fall nature art!