Make Leaf Critters

Done rakin’? Then start makin’! Use autumn leaves to create animal portraits.

What You Need

  • newly fallen leaves of different colors, shapes, and sizes
  • construction paper
  • newspapers
  • glue
  • heavy books

What You Do

  • STEP 1: 

    Gather some leaves and put them between layers of newspapers. Pile heavy books on top.

  • STEP 2: 

    In a day or two, the leaves will be flat and dry. Arrange the leaves on construction paper. Think about different animals and try to create their shapes.

  • STEP 3: 

    Tear off leaf pieces to make eyes and other small features.

  • STEP 4: 

    When you are happy with a leafy creature, glue the leaves onto the paper. Use just a little glue on the back of each leaf.

  • STEP 5: 

    You can also fold a piece of paper in half to make a note card. Then glue a leaf critter to the card and send a message to a friend!