This simple nature craft for kids is a brilliant way to turn autumn leaves into spooky bats and ghosts for Halloween fun.

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A Year of Nature Crafts and Play Book

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It’s from the new book A Year of Nature Craft and Play by Becky Goddard-Hill and Catherine Hughes.  The book is packed with 52 budget-friendly crafts, art activities, games, science experiments and gardening projects, all designed to help kids explore and engage with the natural world.  It’s a lovely gift for a nature-loving child and a handy source of inspiration for your next nature adventure.

As part of the blogging book tour to launch A Year of Nature Craft and Play, we’re sharing one of the fab activities from the book here on Rainy Day Mum.

Leaf Bats & Ghosts

These spooky bats and ghosts are super easy for kids to make, and they’re also an eco-friendly alternative to shop-bought Halloween decorations.

Top Tip for this Leaf Craft for Halloween

You might like to use Mod Podge™ to preserve your leaves before you start, this will make them last longer.

Check out these nature activities for autumn for even more inspiration.

Leaf Bat Craft for Kids

2 spooky bats made from real leaves using clothes pins to attach on a flat lay of orange paper and spider webs

Materials for Making your Leaf Bat Halloween Decoration

  • Two similar-shaped leaves – ones with jagged edges work well
  • A clothes peg
  • Black paint
  • Scissors
  • White marker pen or googly eyes (optional)

How to Make this Halloween Bat Craft

  1. If you need to, use scissors to shape your leaves into wings.
  2. Paint your peg and your leaves on one side, then leave to dry.
  3. Paint the other side of the peg and leaves, then leave to dry.
  4. Use your peg ‘body’ to fasten your leaves together, and add eyes at the top.

Ghost Craft for Kids

spooky leaf ghost with a paper speech bubble saying boo on a piece of paper with an envelope beside

Materials for Making your Leaf Ghost

  • A leaf
  • White acrylic paint
  • Black marker pen or googly eyes
  • Sticky tape

How to Make your Ghost Leaf Craft with Kids

  1. Turn your leaf over and fold the top edges inwards to make a triangle shape.  Stick the folded bits down with sticky tape.
  2. Paint the front of your leaf, then let it dry.  You might need a second coat of paint.
  3. Draw or stick eyes on your painted leaf, then draw a mouth.

You can hang your decorations up with string, glue magnets on the back and stick them on the fridge, or simply use them to make your Halloween treat bowl extra-spooky!

A Year of Nature Craft and Play Book Tour 

front cover of A Year of Nature Craft and Play book

There are lots of other lovely bloggers taking part in the Nature Craft and Play Book Tour – you can check them out here:

details of the 2021 autumn book blog tour for a year of nature play and crafts for kids

More Ideas for Nature Fun for Kids

Looking for even more ideas then check out these fun ideas for crafting and playing with nature here on Rainy Day Mum

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Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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