Leaf Friends ~ Fall Leaf Rubbing Fun

Leaf Rubbing Craft ~ Make Leaf Friends with Leaf Rubbings

Recently we shared our Leaf Rubbing Family Tree which was launched from our leaf rubbing science project.  Not only did we make a family tree, we made a bunch of leaf friends to play games with and use as decorations! 

Leaf rubbing is a great skill to develop fine motor muscles in tiny hands but it can get frustrating for some kids.  Assist as needed to keep things fun while allowing your child to do as much independently as possible! Add a little face with a marker and you easily have a leaf friend.  A simple project for even young tots and preschoolers!

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Honestly the process is just so fun and simple, once we got going it was hard to stop!  We made a bunch of leaf twins to mix and match together.  This would be a great Tot School activity for younger children.  Matching skills, color ID, and tons of fun!

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Best of all, our leaf friends are cute fall crafts and we ended up laminating them to keep as decorations for fall! I wish I had thought to make these years ago!

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Frog Puppets with Free Frog Facts Printable

Frog Puppet Craft and Frog Facts Printable

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We have been studying frogs lately – my daughter’s choice. We have learned a ton and will be sharing a full post of all we used and learned very soon.  During our frog unit study we made some frog puppets which were all her idea!

She has these frogs and asked me if we could make a craft to look like them.  I quickly thought of the old frog paper bag craft and showed her a bit about how it could be done and then let her go with her ideas.  First, she painted each bag to look similar to her favorite frogs.

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After the bags dried, we worked together to give them arms, legs and a tongue.  I traced the arms and legs with her and we cut them out together  I showed her how to curl the tongue on one and she did the rest.

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She loved these puppets so much I decided to expand on her interest and throw in more learning fun.  I looked up each of the frogs she had chosen and created a simple info card for her to tape to the back of each bag.

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She was so excited to learn the real name of each frog and where it lives!

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For even more learning fun, we got out our big Little Passports map and found where each frog lives. 

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Her finished frog collection, which will probably stay displayed like this for awhile, she still loves them!

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Here’s the printable I made for her featuring her favorite 4 frogs.  I included a blank page in case you have different favorites that we didn’t include. 

Download the free frog facts printable here!

Frog Facts printable  Frog Facts printable

Frog Books for Kids

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Leaf Rubbing Family Tree Craft

Leaf Rubbing Family Tree Craft


What began as a simple leaf rubbing science project ended with a leaf rubbing family tree craft that I am just in love with.  Her ideas are better than mine!  After a long leaf rubbing time, we began to make family member leaves. 

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We experimented with a few different ways to make our family leaf tree and ended up liking a tree trunk cut out of brown construction paper the best.  We each made our own family tree.

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I glued my leaves to the trunk, she decided to tape hers since she prefers tape. Below she is holding hers and mine together, she loved them as you can tell!

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This was such an easy and fun fall craft.  Just run outside and grab some leaves {if you have them where you are}, make some fun colored leaf rubbings, create family members and put them all together for a family tree!

Acorn Friends ~ Fall Craft for Kids

Acorn Friends Craft for Kids

One morning last week I was out running errands for hours.  I came home expecting to find my husband studying in his office {he is in grad school full time right now}, but instead found these adorable acorn friends on my dining room table!

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I looked down and saw this huge bucket filed with acorns from our yard and just smiled.  What a great Daddy!

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He showed me how they were making them, using a skewer to poke holes for the legs and arms, and a stand to make them prop up.

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Pipe cleaners, Sharpies and googly eyes…

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One VERY happy daughter hard at work on her next acorn friend.

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I admired the collection and noticed they had made a few minions. How cute!

Acorn Minion Craft

They continued on for awhile and now we have an awesome collection of little fall craft friends to play with and set out during the fall season!

Have acorns? Make your own Acorn Friends!

  1. send your kids out to gather acorns, this is loads of fun by itself!
  2. poke holes in the acorn where you want holes, use something sharp like a skewer {adult job}
  3. cut pipe cleaners for arms, legs, and a stand
  4. carefully push pipe cleaners into tiny holes {my daughter was able to do this}
  5. color acorn with Sharpies as desired, add eyes and whatever else you desire
  6. Admire the cuteness!

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Fall Leaves Many Ways ~ Fun Fall Leaf Art

Fun Fall Art ~ Fall leaves Many Ways

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We recently enjoyed an intense crafty session creating fall leaves using many different methods! I would have only attempted one of these per day when my children were younger, maybe even 1 per season!  Now that she is 6 and loves this {and is MUCH easier}, we tend to do more! Fall leaf art time was definitely FUN for us!

I gave her several options to create many different fall colored leaves and let her choose! We used her big blue MessMatz {we got on Zulily} and our colored plastic trays {from Oriental Trading}. I printed a variety of leaves from our Fall Leaves Coloring Pages, all on cardstock.

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Fall Leaves and Trees Coloring Pages


Her first choice was glitter glue.  I got these at Target in the Dollar Spot last year, and pulled out the fall colors for her. My idea was for her to outline the leaves with the glitter glue, her idea was to use it more like paint and smear it around.

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Her next choice was my very favorite ~ shaving cream paint!

First, squirt some shaving cream on a tray, then drizzle paint on top as shown below.  Use a stick to swirl paint around gently.

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Lightly press your paper on top of the mixture and pat it. 

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Let the paper sit for about a minute and then use a squeegee to pull the shaving cream off to show the beautiful paint underneath!

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See our video peek inside of this project and how we did it, as well as the others in this post!

Fall Leaf Art

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Next up was marble painting!  First, I challenged her to try to do it on this tray, which she could totally do but didn’t want to focus so much!

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In the past we have used a cardboard box, but this time we used a clear plastic box and washed it afterward.  Be sure to tape the paper down before you do this.Then add drops of paint and put a marble in.  It’s a fun game trying to get the marble into the paint and onto the paper!

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She got the leaf so paint-y, I couldn’t even see the lines so I just cut out a leaf shape!

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She loved sponge painting! We have small cut up sponges that we use for water play and painting. 

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She hasn’t done tissue paper art like this in a very long time!  The last time I remember doing it was here! Make a mixture of water and white glue {basically water down the glue a bit}.  Use a paint brush to brush the glue onto the paper and then lay colored pieces of tissue paper on top.  Paint over again to seal any loose edges.

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Finally, Q-Tip Art!  She really enjoyed this a lot!

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Here’s a video peek at how we made the shaving cream and tissue painted leaves!



We let all of her pieces dry overnight, some were really damp so they took awhile!

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We laminated them since we decided to make calendar cards with them!

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I used a dry erase marker to write on the leaves, so if she decides to use them for something else next year, we can!

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