Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Preschool art doesn’t require fancy materials. This post features several different takes on preschoolers creating with leaves inspired by a beautiful book by Lois Ehlert – Leaf Man.
Preschool Art: Creating with Leaves This post has been updated on August 19, 2014 with new graphics and links. Disclosure:I am an Amazon associate and this post contains affiliate links. For full disclosure, please click here and thank you for supporting my blog!

Leaf Man Book

Leaf Man
We are big fans of Lois Ehlert. I am looking for her books in the library every time I go there and this time I was lucky to come across the title I didn’t know before – Leaf Man. Now I am so in love with this book that I want to buy it – not just for Smarty, but as a nice coffee book. It’s really spectacular and incredibly creative. I also found reading it very calming, so I’ve been reading it every day before I go to bed. Smarty was somewhat lukewarm about the book (she had a lot of other good books to read), but she was interested in making some leaf art of her own.

Our Leaf Man Art

Trying out stapler

We started our project by going outside and looking for fall leaves. I encouraged my daughter (almost 3 years old) to look for leaves of different colors and shapes and try to match them to a tree they came from. Lois Elhert made her illustrations for Leaf Man by first making color copies of real leaves and then creating with paper. We were creating with real leaves, and I opted for a stapler as my tool of choice. Smarty was very intrigued by a stapler, but she doesn’t have enough strength yet to actually staple anything. So her tool of choice was glue:
Smarty was in charge for selecting leaves for my leaf man and arranging them on paper. In parallel she was experimenting with gluing rose petals to her own sheet of paper. In the end our projects looked like this:
LeafMan Leaf Collage

More Fall Projects for Kids

When I was updating this post, I found beautiful preschool art projects based on the same book from my friends at Kid Blogger Network:
  1. Inspiration Laboratories made animals and men inspired by Lois Ehlert.
  2. No Time For Flash Cards has beautiful fall butterflies.
  3. Teach Preschool has a brilliant take on Leaf Man with leaf man puppets.
For more fall projects, follow my Pinterest board Fall Activities for Kids
Follow Natalie's board Fall Activities for Kids on Pinterest.

Your Turn

Have you tried to make leaf art yet?


Christy said...

We are also Lois Ehlert fans. Leaf Man is a lot of fun!

Ticia said...

I really wanted to get that book when we were studying leaves, but it was checked out at the library. I was so sad. I'm so jealous of your leaves.

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

i love tying a book to a project. thanks for linking to that site
awww you guys did a great job with leaf man. i havent read that bok yet

Susana said...

I just requested that book from our library last night!! We've never read it, but it goes perfectly with our October Fall studies of leaves.

Both of your projects look great, and sounds like you had fun too.

MaryAnne said...

I like Anna's idea of using glue to make eyes on your leaf man, and that sounds like another fun book.

The Harris Family said...

cute projects. I really need to check this book out.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Lois Ehlert is a female children' writer/illustrator from WI. Leaf Man is one of our favorite books. Love her collage illustrations and looking forward to reading her newest, Boo to You!

Michelle said...

We enjoy Lois Ehlert's books too, I want to get this book to read with Emily. I love your project! Thanks for joining us this week :0)

Orange Juice said...

I love it!

Orange Juice said...

I love it!

April said...

I have never read this book but you make it sound so good that I am going to look for it! Really nice craft.

whisperingwhispers said...

I love this idea, I will have to look for this book. We are still waiting for our leaves to change color and fall, I am excited to do some art with colorful leaves.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

We are reading another Lois Elhert book about leaves and love it. I love your artwork - looks like it would be a lot of fun to make! And Anna's petal art is great too!

otilia stocks said...

lovely creations!

Nicola Simpson said...

Lovely idea i m pinning on my autumn board @multicraftmum

Katie Pinch said...

I am looking forward to the leaves turning orange here so we can explore and create with them. Thanks for sharing again at the #lovetolearnlinky. I am excited to let you know I am featuring your post this week. Have a great day!