Autumn is here it the perfect time to make some easy and fun leaf crafts for toddlers. Leaf crafts are great to make with toddlers and preschoolers (as well as older kids!) because leaves themselves are such a fun sensory material – it’s lovely to see kids scrunching them up, kicking up piles of dry leaves or examining their beautiful colours.
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Crafts for toddlers are some of the most popular things on this site as it’s such a lovely age group to get creative with. Leaf crafts can be a great way to start teaching kids about colour mixing too – what happens when red and yellow mix together? And when the inevitable happens (for my kids at the least!) and all the paints start to turn brown? Well that’s fine too, after all there’s an awful lot of brown leaves out there too!
The leaf crafts I’m sharing today should all be suitable for toddlers but as you’ll know all kids develop at different ages so go with the ones that look best for your child’s abilities and most importantly their interests. If there’s something here you think looks cool but your child isn’t quite up to you can always save this post and return to it next year! As with all toddler crafts and activities you should also make sure that you supervise your child throughout.
To make life easier you’ll find all the crafts I’m sharing today in the same order that they appear in the collage below, plus keep reading for some brilliant leaf themed books for toddlers and more autumn craft ideas.
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Grab our free tree template and start painting some autumn leaves onto it! This post will give you four easy autumn tree painting ideas that are great for toddlers as they can create the leaf colours using fun materials- we love the idea with a sponge as it gives such a cool effect!
My son loved making this autumn tree craft using real leaves.
These autumn leaf suncatchers are great to make with kids and my children made these when my son was a preschooler and my daughter was one. They looked fabulous up in the windows too where they stayed for a very long time!
Aren’t these leaf people from Hands On As We Grow cute! They’d be perfect as a simple craft activity after a walk in the woods to collect materials.
These twig and tissue trees from Happy Hooligans look like fantastic fun and your child can work on their fine motor skills while they decorate their tree with their favourite autumnal colours.
Easy Peasy and Fun’s lion craft comes with a free printable so that with some help with scissors your child can colour, stick and create their own lion with it’s fabulously textile mane
Got some paint swatches at home? Check out this tutorial for how to use them to make an easy autumn leaf craft for your toddler.
Artsy Momma shares a super pretty leaf craft for toddlers using coffee filters.
I love this leaf craft from No Time For Flash Cards and particularly how hands on her daughter is with the painting!
Leaf Books for Toddlers
I love any excuse to share a book with my kids and these books about autumn leaves all look fantastic! Perfect for snuggling down together after a busy session of making things.
- Leaves by David Ezra Stein – the pictures in this board book look gorgeous
- We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger – A cute sounding book similar to Going on a Bear Hunt but with an autumn theme
- Tree by Britta Teckentrup – a peak through picture book
More Autumn Crafts
Love fall and autumn crafts? Why not check out this simple apple craft that’s perfect for younger kids to make.
This apple tree craft is one that my daughter loved making and is great for fine motor skills too.
Teach your child about colour mixing with this pumpkin craft that you can use to teach mark making or letter formation too.