Have you ever made a leaf garland with your kids?
If you haven’t, I certainly would encourage you to try. Take the opportunity this year to find gloriously big leaves, and provide your children with a canvas for a spectacular display around your home.
The benefits of making a leaf garland
- They last quite a long time, both indoors and outdoors.
- Children gain valuable skills painting on surfaces other than paper.
- It builds your child’s fine motor skills.
- It teaches them colour recognition.
- It’s more environmentally friendly than your average garland!
Making a leaf garland
What you’ll need
- Big beautiful leaves
- Newspaper and glue
How to make it
- Go outside and collect some beautiful leaves with your child. Take your time enjoying the surroundings and discuss the different types of leave you see. Chat about colours, shapes and sizes.
- Bring them back home and set up an area with all the materials in front of your child.
- Let your child paint or stick items onto the leaves.
- Tie the leaves up with some string. If you leave don’t have stems, you can use a hole punch to sting them through.
- Tie up your leaf garland.
Be sure to join in the fun with your child. It’s a lovely activity to enjoy together.
My eldest painted this stunning koala in a tree (it ended up being upside down – never mind!)
I created a gecko and tried to model other ways of being creative by cutting out newspaper and sticking it to the leaves. I thought the effect was lovely.
Just cut out some shapes in the newspaper and let your child glue them onto your leaf. They look absolutely stunning. Don’t want to cut out shapes? A hole puncher is a great way of making that super easy!
Here’s a great way to use leaves and bark as a nature advent calendar for Christmas. I wish I had thought of that. It’s stunning!
What have you created together with your child lately?
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Love this Penny…we have painted on gum leaves but we need to find some bigger leaves i think! You are so creative and that gecko is a masterpiece!! I think we shall have a go at this on the weekend…in toddler style of course!
Oooo, never thought of gum leaves! But yes, the bigger size of these were perfect for painting on. Thanks for the comment on my gecko. I think it’s quite bad actually. I prefer the frog cut out. 😛
Janice - Learning4kids says
Miss Possum is so adorable! The painted leaves look great hanging up, such a clever idea! I have also noted Miss Possums cute little art smock too, hehe, you are the queen of wildlife Pen – love it! x
I know! I love those art smocks! I have a tiger and a giraffe. I need to buy one more for number three girl!
Kate - An Everyday Story says
My little people like painting rocks and sticks. Sticks are a particular favourite at the moment for some reason 😀
Ohhh, sticks! What a great idea. I never thought of putting a stick in front of Miss Poss. I know what we’ll be doing next time she says she’s bored! Thanks for the tip.
This is wonderful!! Please consider sharing your post with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-incredible-egg-and-eco-kids-tuesday.html
Barb-Harmony Art Mom says
Just found your blog through Pinterest. Love this post and am pinning to my crafts board. Glad to meet another nature loving blogger. 🙂
Hi Barb, Welcome! Off to visit your blog now. I’m always up for reading other nature blogs too! I can’t get enough of them.
Love this! Found you through Kids Co-Op!
Thank you Julie and welcome! I will visit your site shortly. I love discovering new blogs!