14 Crafts & Activities With Fall Leaves

fall crafts for kids Every day I am awed by the beautiful fall colors around our neighborhood and it’s been inspiring our crafts and activities too. My daughter and I have been re-making many of the crafts I shared originally years ago with my son and I wanted to share them again with you. Here are 14 of our favorite crafts & activities with fall leaves.  I hope you find a project or activity you and your children can share and celebrate these beautiful colors before winter comes.

Falling Leaves Craft
Leaf Rubbing Tree Craft
Toddler Painted Leaves
Letter Match Fall Tree
Fall Leaves Placemats
Leaf Butterfly
Thankful Leaves Garland
Stained Glass Leaf Craft
Alphabet Leaf Match
Yarn Stamped Leaves
Food Coloring Leaves
Tape Resist Fall Leaves
Felt Fall Leaves Color Sorting
Leaf Scrapbook


Kid Made Fall Placemats

Fall Placemat crafts for kidsI love these placemats and how into the activity my kids were. It’s a simple craft and very kid directed. Give them the materials and see what happens. My daughter wanted glitter so we found a way to do it without having to wait for the final product or make a huge mess. Notice I didn’t say no mess. I can’t decide if my favorite thing about these fall placemats is that they make setting the table ( a kid chore at our house ) even more fun or that they get the kids outside exploring the changing seasons hands on.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, crayons, leaves, and contact paper. If you want to get fancy and add glitter to the leaves like my daughter did you will also need some glitter, double stick tape and Ziploc bags.fall placemat craft for preschool
  2. Start by having your child gather the leaves they want to use for the placemat. If they are wet you will want to let them dry before creating.fall placemat craft tutorial
  3. Next choose a color of construction paper and start drawing. My son was into this step. My daughter did it as fast as she could to get to the good stuff also known as glitter.fall placemats drawing
  4. If you are glittering the leaves start by adding double stick tape to the leaves. I can’t stress enough how they must be dry. Next pop some glitter in a bag and add the leaf. Shake!  This extra step for her made it so she and her brother were done at the same time since he took so much time and care with his design. fall glitter leaf placemats
  5. Tape the leaves down onto the construction paper. My son added more designs after. fall placemats for kids
  6. Sandwich the paper with leaves between two sheets of contact paper. I find it easier to lay the contact paper sticky side up and flip the placemats face down to avoid bubbles. I also suggest not having a 3 year old try to help you with this step unless you want a lot of wasted contact paper covered in grass. Trust me on that one. fall leaves placemat craft for kids


Books About Leaves


leaf man lois elhert

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert was the inspiration for this craft and will leave you trying to find all sorts of things like butterflies, chickens and fish in leaf piles. The book is about a leaf man who blows away in the wind and the reader is taken past all sorts of animals like chickens and ducks, past rivers filled with fish and butterflies in the air. All the illustrations are leaves pieced together to make these awesome images , some are obvious, some take concentration to see the animal among the leaves. Wonderful creative book to welcome the changing seasons.

kids books about fall

Lucky Leaf by Kevin O’Malley is a funny book about a boy kicked outside and off his video game by a parent and his quest for a lucky leaf. He waits and waits for the last leaf from a tree to fall, even after his friends give up and go home. The story is cute and my son thought it was funny. I liked the comic book format of the illustrations and the little boy’s dog has some pretty funny facial expressions throughout.


Leaves by David Ezra Stein is such a sweet book about a young bear who doesn’t understand what is happening when he sees leaves falling from the trees. He even tries to put them back on but it doesn’t work.  Eventually he lays down for a nap and hibernates until Spring when he happily notices that there are new tiny leaves budding on the trees. Both my kids loved this book. I got it out of the library for my toddler who loved it and while reading it to her I had to start over so her almost 6 year old brother could listen from the start. We each took our own things from it, my daughter has been noticing the changes of Fall for the first time just like the bear in the story. My son took the chance to tell me all about hibernation and everything he knows about it . I thought it was bittersweet, and related to how quickly the years seem to pass and how quickly my little bears are changing too. A really lovely book!

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Fall Crafts & Activities For Kids

autumn crafts for preschool School is starting and I am officially brainstorming new Autumn and Halloween crafts and activities. One of my favorite ways to start is to look at what we have already done and share my favorites with you. All these activities and  fall crafts for kids are easy , fun and they are also educational.

Toddler Friendly Glittered Pumpkin
Candy Corn Counting
Handprint Turkey
Pumpkin Patch Letter Match
Leaf Rubbing Tree
Acorn and Squirrel Match
Football Craft
Cereal Box Apple
Leaf Painting For Toddlers
Alphabet Apple Tree
Simple Fall Sensory Tub
Leaf Butterfly
Letter O Owl
Cereal Acorn Craft