You can begin this creative project by encouraging children to collect large colorful leaves while they play outside, along with sticks, twigs, and other natural items that can be used for leaf people faces and body parts. This activity pairs particularly well with the children’s books Leaf Man and Look What I Did with a Leaf! Reading either of these stories before starting this project will give children ideas and inspiration. Click here to find more information and ideas about setting up this activity in your classroom.
Encourage children to let their imaginations run wild to see what kinds of fun creations and characters they come up with. Some children might prefer to make animals or buildings or a combination of creations.
With older children, educators can build upon this art project by inviting children to come up with short stories about the characters that they’ve created. This is a great way to encourage deeper learning, along with important kindergarten readiness skills, such as language development, critical thinking, expression of feelings and emotions, listening, and turn-taking.