Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert, is a story about a man made of leaves travelling where ever the wind blows. The book is full of illustrations made from actual leaves, which will inspire you and your child to make leaf creature puppets. The two of you can recreate the story of the Leaf Man or make up your own adventures with your leaf puppets.
You will need:
- a collection of leaves
- chalk or markers
- craft sticks
- googly eyes
Go on a walk to collect your leaves. Get a variety, large and small. Using chalk or markers, draw on the leaves.
Once dry, use tape to stick a craft stick onto each leaf to turn them into puppets. Add googly eyes to bring your leaf puppets to life.
Fall Leaf Painting
Here’s another great fall leaf craft for children. Use your leftover leaf puppet leaves or collect more. Add a loop of tape to the back of each leaf. Let your child position the leaves as he likes. Add yellow and red paint into a cup without mixing them, and let your child mix the paint as he wants to create different shades of fall colors. Have him paint with a broad brush or finger paint over the leaves and onto the white paper. When the paint is dry, remove the leaves and you have a fall masterpiece.