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Leaf Art For Kids: Lion Template Included

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Autumn is a season of vibrant hues and falling leaves, and what better way to embrace its beauty than through an exciting craft that celebrates the spirit of fall? This Lion Fall Leaf Craft roars with creativity and autumnal delight. Download the lion body and head template for free, venture into nature to gather fallen leaves, and let your imagination run wild as we craft this roaring masterpiece.

Example of two Lions made out of fall leaves and template.

Materials You'll Need:

  • Lion Template

  • Fall Leaves

  • Elmer's School Glue

  • Scissors

  • Markers, Crayons or Color Pencil

  • Cardstock Paper

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Step 1: Download and Print the Lion Body Template

Begin by downloading the lion body and head template, then print it on a sturdy paper like cardstock or construction paper.


This download is available to all members for FREE! You heard me correctly, memberships are free to join for everyone who is 18 years an older! . Click on the link to signup and to find the Lion Leaf Art Template.


example of someone coloring lion.

Step 2: Color the Lion's Body and Head

Once you've printed the template, it's time to unleash your creativity! Use markers or colored pencils to bring the lion to life. You're the artist, so let your imagination run wild!

Girl picking fall leaves while out for hike with her family.

Step 3: Gather and Prep Your Fall Leaves

Step outside and collect a variety of vibrant fall leaves. Opt for leaves with lively colors and different sizes to craft an eye-catching mane. After gathering the leaves, the next step is pressing them. The process is simple—begin by placing clean, dry leaves between sheets of paper. Apply weight on top, such as heavy books, and let them sit for 7-10 days. Regularly check and replace the paper if it becomes damp. Once done, the leaves will be flat and ready for your creative crafting!


My favorite place to find leaves in the mountains. I absolutely love hiking with my kids and I look for any excuse to get them in the trails. Here are a few of the reasons why I love hiking with my kids.


Physical Exercise and Health: Hiking is a fantastic way to get kids moving and engaged in physical exercise. 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: Being surrounded by nature, regardless of the 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 I don't live close to hiking trails?

Even without mountains in sight, you can find leaves in the parks and the neighborhoods you live in during the fall season.

Example of how to glue the leaves to the paper.

Step 4: Glue the Leaves

Apply Elmer's School Glue to the back of each leaf and carefully attach them to the lion's head template, following the mane outline. Allow the glue to dry and it will secure the leaves in place.


Gluing Tip: Start with the outer layer and work. your way inward. Stacking each layer over each other. This will make the mane look fuller.

Example of how to glue the head to the mane of leaves.

Step 5: Cut and Attach the Lion Body and Head

Carefully cut the lion head 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 6: Display Your Roaring Lion Fall Leaf Craft

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!

Don't let the fall crafting fun stop here! Get creative with these variety of captivating autumn crafts. Whether it's the enchanting Hedgehog Leaf Art, the whimsical Witch Leaf Art, or the delightful Turkey Cootie Catcher, there's a plethora of fall-inspired creations waiting for you. Each craft brings a unique touch of seasonal magic and is a perfect way to immerse yourself in the spirit of fall. Don't miss out on these additional fall crafts that promise to add warmth, charm, and a touch of nature's beauty to your creative endeavors. Dive into the autumn crafting extravaganza and let your imagination flourish! 🍂🍁✨



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