Before we even get into the projects, I'm going to ask you for a favor -- please ask the kids to collect leaves from the ground when they prep for these activities. No jumping up to pull them off the tree ;)
Look for leaves that have recently fallen from the tree and are still pliable so they won't fall apart during the craft or experiment. And many times, the type of leaf won't matter. In fact, collecting a wide variety of leaves will usually help to enhance the beauty of the project and increase your child's understanding during the experiement.
Items with an (*) appear in each of the photo collages. And we've also included affiliate links for a few items we use when exploring & crafting with leaves!
Colorful Leaf Crafts
Autumn Window Art | Kids Craft Room*
Offer kids a simple Invitation to Draw Leaves | Munchkins & Moms
Create & Learn with Laminated Leaves | Teaching Mama*
Talk about symmetry in nature by creating mirror leaf drawings | Plot 55
I love this Fall Leaf Lacing craft which is great for fine motor skills | Rhythms of Play*
Make Leaf Chalk Art (a great idea if you have leaves that don't change color) | Coffee Cups & Crayons
Use your imagination to make Leaf People | Fantastic Fun & Learning*
Craft a beautiful Leaf & Paint collage for the season | Happy Hooligans
And while you have the paint out, make a gorgeous Leaf Print too! | Meaningful Mama*
Make a Leaf Tree to use as a centerpiece for your table | Nogginmama*
Create these colorful Leaf Prints using paper & a hammer!
Look at leaf cells free printable color wheel | PBS Parents
See how leaves breathe with this easy science experiment | Edventures with Kids*
Grab some playdough & make leaf prints to better view leaf veins | Learn, Play, Imagine*
Explore how water travels through leaves | Buggy & Buddy*
Identify leaves & trees with these free printable leaf cards! | Wildflower Ramblings
Learn the science of leaves with Leaf Rubbings | Edventures with Kids
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For more leaf fun, take a book on a leaf hunt when you head out to find your leaves!
Original article and pictures take http://www.kcedventures.com/blog/18-fall-craft-science-projects-using-real-leaves site