Is there anything better than the sound of leaves crunching under your feet in the fall? My boys don’t think so! But they may change their minds as we get more into making crafts using those deliciously colored leaves in our crafts.
Today, Heather from Preschool Toolkit is teaching us how to make a fun and easy fall craft for kids while getting them outdoors! Collect leaves on a nature walk. Then create Fall Leaves Bookmark Craft for Kids at home or in the classroom.
Fall Leaves Bookmark Craft for Kids
Your child can use their bookmarks in books they are reading at home or in the classroom. Or the bookmarks can be given as Mother’s Day or birthday gifts! This post contains affiliate links.
Supplies you will need:
To determine the size of the bookmark, simply divide a full sheet into equal parts and there will be no paper waste.
1. Press leaves between two books overnight. This will flatten the leaves, making them easier to work with when doing the activity.
2. Cut out a rectangle from cardstock for the bookmark, approximately 2 1/2 in. x 9 in. (6 cm x 22 ½ cm).
3. Place a variety of leaves onto the bookmark. This is where children can be creative, choosing and sorting leaves to design the bookmark. Kids can spread glue over the paper with a gluestick first to help the leaves stay in place while they create a design.
4. Laminate. Children will need help with this. Leave a narrow edge of contact paper around the bookmark to prevent it from separating from the paper.
5. Optional: make a hole at the top of the bookmark with a hole punch and add a tassel or ribbon.
Additional small group activities:
In addition to make this adorable leaf bookmark, have your child play with the leaves! Here are some ideas to get you going:
- Take-away game: Place several leaves on a table. Remove one leaf. Children guess which one is missing.
- Sorting: Place a collection of leaves on a table. Have your child sort leaves by size or color.
- Science: Examine the leaves for odor, texture and parts of a leaf. Observe how the leaves darken when pressed under a weight overnight.
- Read: The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni
For more fall family fun, visit our Autumn Crafts, Recipes and Decorating Ideas page!
About Heather: Heather is enthusiastic for creating exciting hands-on experiences for early learners. She owned and operated a licensed preschool facility for over 16 years, teaching children 3 -5 years of age. She is currently engaged solely in the development of preschooltoolkit.com, providing resources for the early learning community. You can find more of her wonderful ideas there!