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As the season transitions into autumn, the world is painted with vibrant hues, and the ground is carpeted with fallen leaves. There's no better way to celebrate this enchanting time of year than by immersing yourself in a craft that captures the essence of both fall and Halloween. Our Witch Fall Leaf Art for Kids Craft is the perfect fusion of creativity and autumnal delight. With a free template for the witch's design in hand, venture outdoors to collect fallen leaves from nature's bountiful offerings. Allow your imagination to run free as you work your magic, conjuring a spellbinding masterpiece that perfectly embodies the spirit of the season.
Materials You'll Need:
Elmer's School Glue
Markers, Crayons or Color Pencil
Step 1: Download and Print the Witch Template
Begin by downloading thetemplate, then print it on 8.5x11 white cardstock paper.
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Step 2: Color the Witch's Body and Hat
Once you've printed the template, it's time to unleash your creativity! Use markers or colored pencils to bring the witch to life. You're the artist, so let your imagination run wild!
Step 3: Gather and Prep Your Fall Leaves
Venture outdoors and embark on a leaf-hunting adventure! Seek out a diverse array of vibrant fall leaves, opting for those with lively colors and various sizes to create an eye-catching mane. Once you've collected your autumn treasures, it's time to prepare them for crafting. The process is simple yet immensely satisfying—begin by placing the clean, dry leaves between sheets of paper. To ensure they press effectively, apply weight on top, like heavy books, and allow them to rest for a patient 7-10 days. Remember to periodically check and replace the paper if it becomes damp. Once the waiting game is over, your leaves will emerge beautifully flat and ready to bring your creative crafting visions to life!
Exploring the Great Outdoors with Kids:
For those fortunate enough to have mountains nearby, hiking is an absolute joy and a wonderful opportunity to bond with your children. Hiking offers a myriad of benefits, from physical exercise to fostering a profound connection with the natural world. But what if you don't live close to hiking trails? Fear not, for the beauty of autumn can be found right in your local parks and neighborhood, making leaf-gathering a delightful experience for kids.
The Benefits of Hiking and Leaf Gathering:
Physical Exercise and Health: Hiking is a fantastic way to get kids moving and engaged in physical exercise, whether in the mountains or local parks. It promotes cardiovascular health, enhances motor skills, and encourages an active lifestyle from a young age. Even a walk around the neighborhood or through a nearby park allows children to enjoy fresh air and sunshine, promoting overall well-being.
Connection with Nature: The great outdoors, regardless of location, allows children to develop a deeper connection with the environment. They learn about various plants, trees, insects, and the changing seasons. Gathering leaves during a walk offers them a tangible connection to the natural world, fostering a sense of appreciation and respect for Mother Nature.
Stress Reduction and Mental Well-being: Spending time in nature has proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels, not only for adults but for children as well. The calming effect of being surrounded by greenery, fresh air, and the soothing sounds of nature can provide a sense of peace and improve mental well-being.
Family Bonding and Quality Time: Hiking and outdoor activities create an ideal setting for family bonding. It's an opportunity for parents and kids to engage in meaningful conversations, share experiences, and strengthen their relationship. Even leaf gathering can become a family activity, promoting togetherness and creating cherished memories.
What If You Don't Live Near Hiking Trails?
Even without mountains in sight, the beauty of fall can be experienced in local parks and neighborhoods. So, during the fall season, explore your surroundings and you'll be surprised by the natural treasures you can find. Whether you're hiking through the mountains or gathering leaves in your community, autumn's magic awaits, offering valuable experiences and lasting memories.
Step 4: Glue the Leaves
Apply Elmer's School Glue to the back of each leaf and carefully attach them to the bottom page that says "Glue Leaves Here", following the outline. Allow the glue to dry and it will secure the leaves in place.
Gluing Tip: Start at the bottom and work your way upward. Stacking each layer over each other. This will make the hair look fuller.
Step 5: Cut and Glue the body on top of the leaves.
Carefully cut the witch's body out using scissors. Glue the lion's head with the fall leaf mane onto the lion body template, aligning it properly to complete your roaring lion craft.
Step 7: Glue leaves on the forehead of the witch.
Step 8: Glue the hat on top of the the head.
Display for Leaf Art For Kids Craft For All To See.
Once the glue has dried, proudly display your masterpiece! Place it on a wall, in your room, or on the refrigerator to showcase the majestic lion's roar and the beauty of fall leaves.
This delightful Lion Fall Leaf Craft beautifully blends the autumnal spirit with creativity. Children will enjoy the process of gathering leaves from nature, tracing, cutting, and gluing, making it a fantastic seasonal craft that encourages both artistic expression and a connection with the natural world. Let's celebrate the season and create a roaring masterpiece that captures the essence of fall!