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Autumn leaves sun catchers craft for kids

Autumn leaves sun catchers craft for kids

It’s been a while since we made any sun catchers but, along with the conkers my children keep picking up, they’ve brought home a lot of leaves too. We have a very short walk to the school gates but it seems like we walk past a lot of different trees. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn more about trees and leaves.

Autumn leaves sun catchers craft for kids

We used:

fallen leaves picked up on our way to and from school

white card

contact paper

coloured cellophane sheets


First we picked the leaves which were whole and drew around them on the card.

Autumn leaves sun catchers craft for kids

We went round each leaf with a black sharpie and I cut out the middle.

Autumn leaves sun catchers craft for kids

I placed contact paper on one side and let me children cover them with cellophane sheets. They tried to pick the colours that the real leaves were.

Autumn leaves sun catchers craft for kids

We found loads of amazing information on the Woodland Trusts’ Nature Detectives website, including a freeĀ Autumn leaf ID sheet which helped us identify the tree our leaves came from. Little Sis wrote the type of tree next to each leaf.

Autumn leaves sun catchers craft for kids

It felt good to use the leaves the children have been collecting. The trees are beginning to look a little bare and for once I am not looking forward to winter so much. I really dislike the dark evenings – although my children have been going to bed much earlier than usual!


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    Nayna Kanabar
    October 5, 2017 at 9:19 am

    This sounds like a wonderful craft to do with kids as it is also educational teaching kids about colours and seasons.

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    October 5, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I love Autumn colours, and these sun catchers are beautiful. Love them. Am also totally loving The Gruffalo of course.

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    October 5, 2017 at 11:03 am

    This is such a fun idea and I really love the fact your can print of the ID leave sheets which makes it educational as well x

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    October 5, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Aaaaah they are so cute. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    October 6, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I love sun catchers – I’ve yet to make them with my own children, I always mean to but never get round to it. We shall have to make some soon.

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    Monday Happy Things {Week 158} -
    October 9, 2017 at 9:11 am

    […] relaxing at home and plenty of time to craft. Our crafting was inspired by the season and we made autumn leaves sun catchers, conker caterpillars and lavender […]

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