Have you ever made a leaf garland with your kids?
If you haven’t, I certainly would encourage you to try. Everyone has the opportunity at least once a year to find gloriously big leaves to provide your children as a canvas for a spectacular display around your home.
The benefits of making a leaf garland
- They last quite a long time, both inside and out.
- Children gain valuable skills painting on a different surfaces other than paper.
- It builds your child’s fine motor skills
- 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 (that ended up being upside down).
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 outsome 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?