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Leaf Art for Preschoolers.

Autumn is finally here and as we walk the dog we can see the leaves changing colour almost before our eyes. For this week’s theme of Leaves for the Virtual Book Club for Kids, we are working on some prewriting practice. This is an activity that is just perfect for this theme and you don’t have to worry what type of leaves you have because I’ve given a handy alternative especially for the more tropical and southern hemisphere readers. So onto our Leaf Art, with prewriting patterns to go with the featured book this week Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.

autumn leaf prewriting activity for preschoolers
Prewriting autumn activity for preschoolers and older toddlers inspired by Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Leaf Art Activity for Preschoolers

It was back when I started blogging in 2011 that the leaf art post from The Artful Parent caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to try something similar with my own kids when they were a little older.

Now that they are we set about creating some leaf art but with the purpose of helping to develop writing skills.

square image of decorated leaf art
Decorated Leaves – prewriting activity for autumn with older toddlers and preschoolers

Materials Needed for the prewriting leaf art activity

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Metallic Markers

Leaves – if you don’t have lots of leaves around then silk leaves are a great alternative

Prewriting Dice Pattern to download, print and make



Glue or Double Sided sticky tape

Making Leaf Activity with prewriting patterns

collection of colourful leaves ready to create with
Collection of autumn leaves from a toddler and preschool nature walk

Download and print the Prewriting pattern dice (see above for the link).

Cut it out and glue it together – or use double sided sticky tape as this seems to work really well with no time waiting for glue to dry.

preschool art activity for autumn decorating leaves with metallic markers
Preschooler practising writing with patterns to decorate leaves

Start off by drawing with a metallic marker along the veins of the leaf this will section the leaf.

preschool girl practicing writing skills by decorating a leaf
Roll the pattern dice and draw the matching patterns on the leaf.

Roll the dice and the top pattern fill in one of the sections of the leaf with that pattern.

preschooler decorating a leaf copying the patterns on the leaf from a diy dice
Preschoolers creating Leaf Art to improve writing skills.

Once that section is full roll the dice again and fill in another section

decorated leaf with metalic markers a simple art activity for fall for preschoolers
Pretty decorated leaves for autumn. A fun art project that helps with writing skills for preschoolers.

An alternative is to fill each different leaf with the different patterns and then create a display check out some of the ideas for display on our Crafts with Real Leaves post.

finished decorated leaf with metalic markers and the prewriting dice to decorate the leaf with
Metalic decorated leaves.

Books About Leaves to Read Alongside this Autumn Art Activity for Preschoolers

preschooler playing in the autumn leaves with covers of books to read aloud all about leaves
Books about leaves and autumn for preschoolers

We have a list of recommended books for Leaves check out the post to discover more books for autumn reading with your toddlers and preschoolers this week.

More Leaf Themed Arts and Crafts for Preschoolers

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  1. Oh these are so pretty – and what a fun way to practice writing skills. I wonder if it would work with chalk pens? We have some lovely bright ones that would look great against the autumn colours around right now. Thanks for joining in with #NaturallyCrafty again πŸ™‚

  2. Oh these are so effective, and a great learning activity.

    The finished effect reminds me of aboriginal art. #NaturallyCrafty

  3. I may have to try this with my daughter. She has just started school, my son may join in too but the patterns will most likely be beyond him. Thanks for the ideas!

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