I am going to have to preface this post with a confession. I stole this idea. I stole this idea from a wonderful teacher at Aiden’s forest school. This week Aiden has really really been struggling with going to nursery and has been having nightmares and crying all the time he is there. It is such a shock to us all as he absolutely loved it from day one for the first three weeks. So on Tuesday I stayed with him for the first half an hour and the leaf people was one of the crafts the kids were doing after their teacher had spotted it on good old Pinterest. Aiden flat out refused to take part as he wanted to “sit and cry” (his words) but in the afternoon when we were home he mentioned how “cute” they looked so we donned our waterproofs and headed into the garden.
What you need:
- Leaves (as many shapes and sizes as possible but adults might want to try a find at least a few flatter ones!)
- PVA glue
- Paper or card
- Sharpie pen
- Any addition trimmings such as glitter or paint for decoration
What to do:
Firstly we went into the garden and collected a big pile of leaves. We made sure they were different shapes, sizes and colours so our leaf people would be interesting. You could collect leaves on a lovely forest walk or at the park too. We took a canvas bag out into the garden to gather ours in and for one reason or another Aiden decided to wear it round his neck. Faye had a blast picking leaves off the floor and trying to place them in the bag.
It was absolutely chucking it down with rain most of the day so our leaves were soaking wet. I pit them on a radiator to dry out but I think I left them there a bit too long as some were so crispy they just cracked when we tried to glue them flat. Some sort of middle ground or ideally finding dry bit not too crispy leaves would be best!
We then simply used a lot of wonderfully messy glue and a paintbrush to cover the leaves we had picked to be the body, arms, legs and head of our leaf person and stick them onto paper. I drew and cut out some eyes but slightly older kids could do this themselves. After the glue had dried I used the sharpie again to give the leaf people some good smiles. You could always add glitter or paint to brighten them up too.
Aiden was so chuffed with his leaf people he was grinning ear to ear which after a pretty miserable week was wonderful to see. There is no limit to what you can make from leaves and a quick look on Pinterest filled my phone up with ideas. I am half tempted to make my own wee creatures once the kids have gone to bed! If you have older children I also think the idea of designing fashion pieces from nature is absolutely wonderful. It really is a craft for all ages!