Fall Leaves Art by Children: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

October 22, 2013

10 Steps to Collage Leaf Art by Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY:
    • Look What I Did With A Leaf! by Morteza E. Sohi
  • Recommended Children’s Literature: Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  • Leaf Hunt
  • Leaf Sorting
  • Leaf Collage Animal Art

leaf collage art by kids

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Look What I Did With A Leaf! by Morteza E. Sohi

Why we love this book:

Look What I Did With A Leaf! picks up where Leaf Man ends. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert tells the story of Leaf Man blowing in the wind and illustrates the many collages leaves can make. Look What I Did With a Leaf! is a book on how to observe and create natural art with leaves. Step-by-step the book trains young artists to look at leaves; their colors, their shapes, their sizes and their patterns. I like that the book includes spring leaves as well as autumn leaves. Here in South Texas, we don’t get a big show of autumn color (unless we travel to Lost Maples).

leaf collage art by kids

Each page of the book is full of inspiring examples of animals made by combining leaves. There are many tips in the book on how to combine and layer leaves of different sizes and colors to create a unique animal collage. The back of the book also includes information on the life cycle of a plant and a diagram of “leaf scars” and “bud scale scars,” illustrating how plants lose and grow new leaves each year. The book ends with a leaf field guide. We are big fans of field guides!

leaf collage art by kids


  • leaf books
  • leaves, leaves, leaves
  • white card stock
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • sponge brush

leaf collage art by kids

Step 1: Read Aloud

  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  • Look What I Did With A Leaf! by Morteza E. Sohi

leaf collage art by kids

Step 2: Go On a Leaf Hunt!

  • collect a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and patterns

leaf collage art by kids

Step 3: Sort Leaves

  • children can sort by color, shape, size, pattern or species

leaf collage art by kids

Step 4: Make Designs With the Leaves

  • The children manipulated the leaves in different combinations until they came up with a design they liked.

leaf collage art by kids

Step 5: Copy the Leaves in Your Design

  • I got the best advice ever from the back of Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert:

“I use to press leaves in my phone book, only to find them later – dull, dry and crumbling. When researching maple leaves for the illustrations in my book Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, I made color copies of the leaves I’d collected . . . so I could capture their magnificent colors before they faded.” Lois Ehlert

  • Brilliant! What a difference this tip has made!

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Step 6: Cut out Printed Leaves


leaf collage art by kids

Step 7: Mod Podge a Square of Glue on White Card Stock


leaf collage art by kids

Step 8: Assemble Preplanned Leaf Design on Wet Mod Podge


leaf collage art by kids

Step 9: Mod Podge Over Leaf Design

  • It will dry clear.

leaf collage art by kids

Leaf Collage Art, Rudolph by MacGyver, age 10

leaf collage art by kids

Leaf Collage Art, Puppy Dog by Miss Enigma, age 6

Step 10: Allow Mod Podge to Dry Completely


leaf collage art by kids

Complete Same Process with Original “Real” Leaves

The children wanted to put Lois Ehlert’s advice to a test. They tried to make their design with their original pressed leaves. I’m not saying collage art can’t be done with real pressed leaves but my kiddos came to some conclusions about collage art with real leaves . . .

  • It’s NOT so easy!
  • The leaves don’t cooperate and move around when trying to apply to the glue!
  • Much messier!
  • Colors not as vibrant!
  • When the collage dried it looked dull and dark.

More Leaf Art by Children

fall water color art by children

Original Post with Step by Step Directions: Fall Water Color Art By Children


Designs for Leaf Art by Children from waddleeahchaa.com

Original Post with Step by Step Directions:Designs for Leaf Art by Children


Fall Leaves Guided Reading Books

FREE printable books

Follow Me to Fall: FREE printable book

Print this FREE book: Follow Me to Fall

  • Full color photos featuring stunning autumn colors and easy, repetitive text.

I See Fall Leaves: FREE printable bookPrint this FREE book: I See Fall Leaves

  • Black line counting book about leaves.
  • Easy, repetitive pattern text.
  • Children can illustrate their own pictures.

leaf collage art by kids

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Look What I Did With A Leaf! by Morteza E. Sohi

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What is your favorite comfort food when fall begins to fill the air?  Sorry, when fall is in the air, I start craving cozy fall food! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, October 27, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, October 28, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Roxanna Alcantra October 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I love apple cobbler and
pumpkin pie!

Laura Day October 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Oatmeal cookies!

Trisha October 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Mom’s homemade chicken and dumplings!!

Stasia October 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Broccoli cheese soup and pumpkin bread.

Robin October 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

oh yes, cool fall air and chicken and dumplings… pumpkin bread fresh from the oven.. Love Fall..

Dianne October 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I love Pumpkin Cheesecake! Yummy!

Jeannine October 23, 2013 at 8:36 am

You guys are making me hungry! Chicken and dumplings . . . mmmm – mmmm – mmmm good!

We also do pumpkin cheesecake. Delicious!

tammy cordery October 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

pumpkin pie can’t get enough of it at this time

Jamie October 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I love any kind of warm bread. We had corn bread last night — mmmm!

Tara H October 24, 2013 at 10:36 am

I like pumpkin stuff and apple stuff. I’m loving Pinterest for finding all kinds of new, yummy, seasonal recipes!

Jaclyn Reynolds October 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Turkey is my fall comfort food!

Natalie October 24, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Fun book, but I am more interested in the rest of your post which is great. I’ll be sharing it in my Afterschool hostess round up next Monday!

Jeannine October 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Thanks for sharing Natalie! I recommend “Look What I Did With a Leaf” for advanced readers to use as a resource. It’s packed with science facts and how-to information.

Anna@The Measured Mom October 25, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Wow, what a cool project. Pinning to our After School board and trying to remember to do this one with my own kids. Thanks for sharing with us!

Ellie October 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I’m craving apple cobbler and apple cider. Thanks for sharing about the fall-themed leaf books.

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