Collect some fallen leaves and make this beautiful autumn leaf mosaic collage.
This easy art activity is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, or add an extra step for a creative challenge older kids will love. It’s a great autumn art activity for at home or in the classroom.
It may be a little chilly, but Autumn is a great time to head outside with your kids. If you are lucky enough to live somewhere that the leaves change colour and fall (don’t worry if you don’t you can still do this activity with green leaves) it’s the perfect time to run around and crunch some fallen leaves, and collect some of the beautifully coloured leaves to bring home and create with.
This autumn leaf mosaic collage activity is the perfect easy art activity for using some of those gorgeous coloured leaves.
This autumn leaf collage is easy enough for little hands to try, even toddlers can have go at this simple gluing activity, as long as they are not still putting things in their mouths. Preschoolers will love to help cut up the leaves and create their collage and you can add an extra step to make it even more challenging for older kids.
The first thing you need to do to make some Autumn leaf mosaic art is to go and collect some leaves! See how many different coloured autumn leaves you can collect!
If you don’t have any autumn leaves you can do this activity with green leaves too. You’ll be amazed by how many different shades of green you can find!
For more creative activities with autumn leaves try these leaf faces, or threading with autumn leaves.
Easy Autumn Leaf Mosaic Collage for Toddlers and Preschoolers
To make this simple Autumn leaf mosaic collage you’ll need:
- paper or light cardboard
If you are doing this art activity with a young child who likes to use lots of glue, it’s best to use some light cardboard for the base. The side of a cereal box works really well for this, or some coloured cardstock.
You can use a regular glue stick, or try making some homemade cornflour paste and adding a little PVA/wood glue to give it some extra sticking power.
If you are working with toddlers you will want to pre-cut the leaves and keep the pieces quite large. If you are working with a preschooler they will love to help cut the leaves up into mosaic sized pieces, and it’s a great bonus fine motor activity too!
You don’t need to cut the leaves into perfect symmetrical shapes, random pieces work just fine. You can sort them into different containers according to colours like we did, or just make a big container full of coloured leaf pieces ready to glue!
Once you have all your leaf pieces cut they are ready to be glued onto the paper in any design you like.
The kids can glue the leaf pieces on to make patterns or pictures, or they can just fill the paper with the beautifully coloured pieces of autumn leaves.
This is a process art activity so there are no right or wrong ways to do it. The focus for this activity is on exploring the medium of the autumn leaves and using them creatively in any way you like
Autumn Leaf Mosaic Craft for Kids
If your kids are a little older and they are ready to add another step to this creative process, this leaf mosaic is another fun way to do this autumn art activity.
You’ll need all the same supplies as above, but you’ll also need a pencil.
Pick a large leaf from your collection, place it in the middle of your paper and trace around it. Now you have a leaf shape in the middle of your paper that you can fill with mosaic pieces.
Use the pieces of cut up leaves to fill in the leaf you’ve traced on the paper.
You may need to cut smaller leaf mosaic pieces, and even cut some individual pieces to fit inside your outline of the leaf.
When you are done you’ll have gorgeous mosaic autumn leaf art to display!
More Ways to Use Autumn Leaves
If you have some leaves left over from this autumn leaf collage project you might like to try one of these east Autumn leaf activities.
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Oh I just love the colours of the leaves at the moment, still a mix of the red, green yellows and browns
Deb G says
Love autumn leaves! Loving your ideas, Kate. :)
I love autumn leaves and the collages you have photographed look amazing.