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Kids handprint fall tree craft

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We used the first colored leaves of the season to make a leaf and handprint fall tree craft. It’s is such an easy craft, like all our  easy crafts for kids, and the outcome looks amazing. That’s why this fall tree craft is just perfect for young kids:  toddlers or preschoolers.

Leaf and handprint fall tree craft for kids.

My husband dreads the first autumn leaves. For him this is a sign that summer is coming to an end. I, on the other hand, see it as the beginning of my favorite season. And an opportunity to start working on kids crafts for fall. 

Simple fall tree craft for toddlers

With this leaf and handprint fall tree we combined nature elements (leaf crafts) with handprint crafts.

You can start with a nature walk to gather up a few leaves and end up with a nice keepsake. Use it as a seasonal decor to go on the fireplace.

Easy fall tree craft for preschoolers

The idea can also be used in the classroom. Just imagine all the nice fall trees that kids can create and how beautiful the classroom will look with all those trees hanging on the walls.

I remember when my kids were in preschool, they would go outside for nature walks, to look at the trees changing colors and play with leaves. That would be a good opportunity to gather some of those leaves and use them to make fall tree crafts.

RELATED: Check out these 32 real leaf crafts for kids.

Classroom fall tree craft

This real leaf and handprint tree craft is so simple and it is done in three easy steps. Not much prep work, except for the gathering of leaves and no mess. Both kids and adults will love it.

Handprint fall tree craft

Handprint fall tree craft

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Supplies:

  • leaves
  • brown and white card stock paper
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue

 

Supplies

Step 1: Gather a few colored leaves. If  you don’t feel like going outside (maybe it’s super cold or raining) you could replace them with plastic leaves. You can also use a leaf punch to make your own paper leaves. 

Handprint

Step 2: Trace your child’s handprint on brown card stock paper, cut it out and glue it at the bottom of  a 12 x 12 white card stock paper. The larger the paper, the more space you have for the leaves.

Leaves

Step 3: Glue the leaves that you gathered around the handprint (Make sure to cut the stems first). Start with the big leaves that go on the outside and then use the smaller leaves as you get closer to the handprint.

You can also glue some of the leaves at the bottom of the handprint, to show the falling leaves.

Glued leaves

Kids handprint fall tree craft

Kids handprint fall tree craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Make a beautiful handprint fall tree craft using real leaves, plastic leaves or colorful paper leaves.

Materials

  • leaves
  • brown and white card stock paper
  • glue

Tools

  • pencil
  • scissors

Instructions

  1. Gather a few colored leaves. If  you don't feel like going outside (maybe it's super cold or raining) you could replace them with plastic leaves. You can also use a leaf punch to make your own paper leaves. 
  2. Trace your child's handprint on brown card stock paper, cut it out and glue it at the bottom of  a 12 x 12 white card stock paper. The larger the paper, the more space you have for the leaves.
  3. Glue the leaves that you gathered around the handprint (Make sure to cut the stems first). Start with the big leaves that go on the outside and then use the smaller leaves as you get closer to the handprint. You can also glue some of the leaves at the bottom of the handprint, to show the falling leaves.

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