Sunday, 25 September 2016

Leaf Puppets

As Autumn begins so do all the leaf crafts!  Leaf puppets are such a simple and fun activity for toddlers and preschoolers.  After reading the 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert we made a collection of leaves and then set to work on making our own leaf man (well about 20 leaf men, monsters and owls!) 
Leaf puppet activity inspired by the book 'Leaf Man'.  A simple fall/ autumn craft idea for toddlers and preschoolers.  Great pre-writing activity.

If you are looking for more Autumn crafts you might like our painted leaf monsters, our bird feeders or our nature owls



This week we have joined the virtual book club for kids. You can find more details about it here. This weeks book is one of my favourites for this time of year 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert. Leaf man is a story about a man made of leaves travelling where ever the wind blows. Its is full of amazing illustrations made from actual leaves. Inspired by the leaf creatures in the book we made our own leaf puppets.

We used chalk pens to draw on the leaves which leave brilliant bright marks and are really easy to use (and easy to clean off!). 



You will need:


  • a collection of leaves
  • chalk pens
  • craft sticks
  • laminator

        



How to make leaf puppets


After going on a walk to collect our leaves we got started on our leaf puppets. Using chalk pens we drew on the leaves. Daisy made marks on her leaves using different coloured pens. 

How to make leaf man puppets inspired by the book 'Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.

Harry made patterns, drawings and faces on his leaves. He was really focused and knew exactly what he wanted to turn each leaf into. 

Leaf puppet activity for kids. A simple fall/ autumn craft inspired by the book Lois Ehlert.

I had fun drawing on a few of the leaves too!


Leaf puppet ideas using fall/ autumn leaves.  Simple craft ideas for toddlers and preschoolers.

Once the chalk pens had dried we put the leaves through the laminator and cut them out. We used to tape to stick a craft stick onto each leaf to turn them into puppets and then added googly eyes to a few of our leaves.

Leaf man puppets.  A simple craft inspired by the book 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert. Fall/ autumn activities for toddlers and preschoolers.

We made a collection of our own leaf men,

Leaf man puppets.  A simple craft inspired by the book 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert. Fall/ autumn activities for toddlers and preschoolers.

a few leaf monsters

Leaf monster puppet craft for toddlers and preschoolers using autumn/ fall leaves. Inspired by the book 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert.

and some cute little owls.
Owl leaf puppet craft for toddlers and preschoolers using autumn/ fall leaves. Inspired by the book 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert.

We had loads of fun playing with our leaf puppets.  Daisy was especially taken by the owls. 

Leaf puppet craft for toddlers and preschoolers using autumn/ fall leaves. Inspired by the book 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert.

She has put on some great puppet shows and has been putting on some hilarious voices as she makes her puppets speak. 

Leaf puppet craft for toddlers and preschoolers using autumn/ fall leaves. Inspired by the book 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert.

Harry: Age 5
Daisy: Age 2

Leaf man puppets.  A simple craft inspired by the book 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert. Fall/ autumn activities for toddlers and preschoolers.

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More 'Leaf Man' activities


Alphabet

Name activity

Numbers -

Sensory -

Science - 


Pre-writing - 

Movement activity - 
Cardinal direction gross motor activity
Number leaf scavenger hunt 

Shapes - 

1 comment:

  1. We laminated leaves as well to put numbers on but these puppets are much cuter!!

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