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As you head out on your fall nature walk, gather some supplies to make a few of these crafts with leaves and sticks. Crafting with nature is so much fun!
Add one or more of these craft ideas to your autumn preschool activities. Your kids will love trying new craft skills and then displaying their work for the season.
Whether they’re painting with nature or learning to weave, preschoolers will be excited to turn an ordinary leaf or stick into their very own work of art.
Crafts with Leaves and Sticks
The preschool crafts featured here range in difficulty making them perfect for a variety of ages and stages.
After reading Stick Man with your preschoolers, let them explore this Stick Man small world. It’s a great way to encourage kids to learn more about seasons as well as act out the story. Rainy Day Mum
I love how this summer twig craft makes use of stickers and craft supplies you likely have in your craft stash. And, it’s so easy to adapt this one to fit your current season. Non-Toy Gifts
Preschoolers can get creative as they explore leaf painting with leaves they find in nature. Kidz Activities
Young children will work on a variety of skills, making circles and sorting sticks to start, as they build a forest wreath out of sticks. Mosswood Connections
Create some DIY twig art by gathering sticks in all thicknesses and lengths. Then, let them paint them creatively before stringing them together into a work of art. Twitchetts
This stick owl craft is a little advanced so young kids will need a little assistance. However, it is so creative. Add it to your autumn, owl, or woodland studies. I Heart Crafty Things
Gather twigs, brush, flowers, and leaves to create nature paint brushes. Then, let them your kids paint with those homemade brushes. Messy Little Monster
Painting sticks is a unique way to create one-of-a-kind art for kids. Buggy and Buddy
On your next nature walk, gather leaves of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Use them to make autumn leaf people with cardboard tubes and googly eyes. Thimble and Twig
Decorate your windows this fall with a beautiful fall leaf sun catcher. It’s super easy to do! Live Well Play Together
Your kids will have a blast building a stick pyramid. Gather twigs, paint and glue them on a cardboard frame, and it’s ready for play. Non-Toy Gifts
Weaving is a wonderful activity for building fine motor skills. Nature weaving is a great way to combine crafting with nature study. Mosswood Connections
This winter tree craft is simple, but it’s so pretty. This yarn-wrapped stick craft will look great on display throughout the holidays. Buggy and Buddy
Little ones can learn about leaves as they explore and paint autumn leaf lines. This is a great chance for them to really express their creativity. Go Science Kids
Your preschoolers will love creating an entire family of stick people with recycled materials. Danya Banya
Kids are going to love creating clay faces on trees! Head out with a batch of clay. Put a small glob of clay on a tree and let kids decorate with sticks, leaves, and other nature finds. Nurture Store
Print out the squirrel template and use it as they base for your squirrel leaf collage. Blissful Domestication
Explore family trees and extended family when you help your preschoolers build a natural materials family tree. Extremely Good Parenting
Build a nature mobile with things your preschoolers pick up on their next nature walk. Danya Banya
Preschoolers will love using colored tissue paper to decorate a tree branch to look like an autumn tree. Kids can put this autumn tree craft on display without worrying that their leaves will crumble. How Wee Learn
Strip some sticks of their bark, and gather a collection of leaves. Glue them to an outline of a tree when you have your kids make this nature tree collage. Danya Banya
Large leaves are great for making leaf prints. Your kids can then use those prints to make a leaf crown. Nurture Store
Must Have Resources:
When completing these crafts and activities at home, I find that the following resources are very helpful to have on hand.
BOOKS ABOUT NATURE CRAFTING
Fill your book basket with a great collection of preschool nature crafting books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Play the Forest School Way – Help your child connect with nature, be adventurous and most of all have fun, with these woodland games, crafts and other activities from Forest School.
Nature’s Art Box – There’s no limit to the imaginative possibilities as children mix paints from colorful flower blossoms, dig clay for molding elf-sized furniture, and craft functional twig baskets.
Nature Crafts for Kids – Provides instructions for using leaves, flowers, twigs, and shells to make fifty craft projects, including kites, kaleidoscopes, and clocks
Round Out Your Unit with These Activities:
Give the budding nature lover in your life a box full of true wonder with this Ultimate Nature Study Gift Box. In the nature collection, each specimen will be packaged individually. A set of laminated identification cards will be included in a cute gathering pouch, and it will be the student’s task to match the cards to the appropriate specimen.
This interactive pond study set is so awesome! This set features beautiful illustrations of life in and around a pond. The moveable pieces make for an interesting storytelling experience. What better way to learn than through imaginative stories!