My kids love collecting leaves in the fall! So we end up wit lots of beautiful leaves from our daily walks. I was trying to find something different to do with the leaves, you know other than just crayon leaf rubbings or preserving leaves. So we made fall leaf prints with markers. It was a huge hit at our house so I thought I’d share it with you too.
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Fall Leaf Printing with Markers
Kids will love this fun, clever leaf activity. This technique is so simple, but it produces such beautiful results. This is a great craft for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary age kids.
You will need some nice, not dried up, leaves. When the leaves are dried out they will absorb all the liquid from the marker and they won’t make prints.
Color the back with a variety of markers. Put is on as thick as you can, and go as quickly as you can – again so the leaves don’t absorb the marker.
Now put a piece of paper above and below your leaf and using a rolling pin or hard book press down. You are making a leaf print on the paper.
Marker Leaf Print Activity for Kids
When you pull back the paper and carefully pull up the leaf here is what you are left with. Isn’t it beautiful!
My kids did lots of them. Each time they came out slightly different depending on the colors they used, how moist the leaf still was, and how quickly they went. It made such pretty prints.
Fall Leaf Print Art for Kids
We also made leaf prints in solid colors we arranged on a piece of paper and then matted with a contrasting yellow construction paper. It was such a fun way to capture the beauty of fall in a creative kids craft.