July 9, 2015

Crafting with items found in nature is a wonderful way for children to connect with the world around them and explore your backyard or neighbourhood. With this little craft project we found on Au Pair you can use your imagination to turn ordinary backyard leaves into a whimsical safari.

What you will need

  • Leaves from the ground in your backyard
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Pencils, pens or crayons
  • 2 books


  1. • Go outside and see what kinds of animals are hiding in your leaf piles.
  2. Collect leaves with unusual shapes, sizes, colours and textures.
  3. Return to your crafting table and lay out your treasures.
  4. Glue the leaves to the piece of paper and use pencil, pen or crayon to complete your creatures by drawing bodies and faces, connecting them to the leaf
  5. Use pipe cleaners, buttons, ribbons, and other materials to make your picturesas elaborate as you like.
  6. To preserve your creations, press them between two books.

Now you can bring a bit of the outdoors in by making a clever animal collage or even your own set of greeting cards that you can share with friends and family.

Check out some more outside activities here.

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