Nothing says fall more than autumn leaves. Kids love them, and, let’s be honest, we love them too!
You have probably already gone out on that leaf hunt and come back with an armful of leaves, (or maybe you ordered some synthetic leaves on Amazon)
and you’re like…”now what?”
I’ve got you covered.
Some of the best mom bloggers out there have come together to share the fun they (and the kiddos) have with fall leaves.
There’s something for everyone in this giant list of fall leaf STEAM activities.
There’s even an Amazon affiliate link if you want to order some synthetic leaves to use instead of real ones. (as an Amazon associate, I earn a small commission when you purchase through the link – at no extra cost to you.)
I know a list like this can be kind of overwhelming. Start by slowly scrolling all the way to the bottom so you can see just how many great ideas there are. Then pin this post before you start wandering down the rabbit hole of autumn leaf activities. After that, dive in!
I’ve separated these activities into 4 categories: Toddler and Preschooler Activities, Artistic Activities, STEM Activities, and Fine Motor Activities. Under each collage is a list of links, each of which will take you to a great fall leaf activity.
Leaf Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
First up, is a list of fun activities to help you celebrate the season with your youngest kiddos. Babies and toddlers will enjoy the fall sensory bottle while preschoolers will have fun practicing simple skills along with this autumn theme.
Windy Fall Leaves Sensory Bottle by Rhythms of Play
Sticky Fall Tree Light Table by And Next Comes L
Leaf Name Collage by Teach Me Mommy
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt Activity by KC Edventures
Printable Fall Leaf Match Activity Sheet – Leaf Match by Jinxy Kids
Fall Leaves Number Sorting by Free Printable Worksheets for Kids
Color Changing Leaf Craft by Non-Toy Gifts
Falling Leaf Fingerprint Counting by Messy Little Monster
Artistic Leaf Activities for all Ages
You won’t know which of these fun art activities to start with. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them. Pin this list, and then choose a handful to browse further.
Marbled Leaves by Simple Fun for Kids
Simple Leaf Lanterns by Red Ted Art
Leaf Bookmark by Craft Bits
7 Easy Leaf Craft Ideas for Kids by Thimble and Twig
Free Printable Leaf Activity Kit by Barley & Birch
Melted Crayon Leaf Suncatchers by Fireflies and Mudpies
Fall Trees Tape Resist Marbled Painting by The Preschool Toolbox
Upcycled Watercolor Fall Tree Art by Simple Acres
Glitter Leaves by Pink Stripey Socks
Fall Leaf Coffee Filter Suncatcher by Mombrite
Fall Leaf Painting with Negative Space by Little Bins for Little Hands
STEM Leaf Activities
To put an educational spin on your leaf exploration, try out one of these activities below.
Chalk Pastel Leaf Rubbing STEAM Activity by Our Family Code
Leaf Shape Cards by Wise Owl Factory
Tracing Leaf Veins by Go Science Kids
Autumn Leaf Art : Missing Half by Adventure in a Box
Fine Motor Leaf Activities
While some of the activities listed here are intended for younger kids, I think even older children can benefit from additional fine motor work.
Autumn Pre-Writing Leaf Art by Rainy Day Mum
Leaf Rubbing Challenge by Spark and Pook
Fall Themed Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers by LalyMom
Yarn-wrapped Leaf Craft with free template by Nurture Store
Leaf Stitching Nature Craft by Kiddy Charts
Be sure to pin this post so you can keep coming back for more fall fun for the kiddos.
And if you’re like me and spend way too much of your time on Pinterest, come hang out with me. You can follow my Fall Fun for Kids board to get more great ideas for autumn play. (I’m also on Instagram far too much. I’d love to know if you try out one of these activities. Feel free to tag me.)
To round out these activities, enhance the fall mood with some great fall picture books.