In the fifth of our series of nature games and activities for children today we have:
Animal Leaf Pictures
This activity involves going for a walk to collect a variety of leaves of different shapes and colours before returning home to create an animal picture with them.
To make Animal Leaf Pictures you will need:
- A selection of leaves of different shapes, sizes and colours
- Glue (PVA is best)
- Paper or cardboard
- Laminating sheets (optional)
- Animal pictures for inspiration (optional)
- First head out to collect your leaves, which is best done on a dry day. Autumn will give a better range of colour but even in Spring and Summer you'll be surprised how many different coloured leaves there are once you start rally looking.
- Collect a good range including really small ones for eyes, long thin ones for legs and big round ones for bodies. Long thin leaves with a serrated edge make excellent feathers!
- Once back home assemble your materials and start making your animals.
- You may want to copy a picture from a book or the internet or be happy to go freestyle!
- For younger children you can draw or print off an animal outline for them to fill in.
- Be as adventurous as possible, building up layers of leaves for features such as eyes, spots on butterflies, scales of fish etc.
Note - if you want you can dry and press the leaves first although I have never bothered with this stage. Another option is to make your pictures on paper and then laminate them for posterity.
|Book - Look What I Did with a Leaf!|