Leaf printing

Leaf print revealed

Take a walk in the Autumn air and collect interesting leaves to make your own colourful prints!

You will need…

  • Plain paper
  • Paint brush
  • Various coloured paint
  • Collected leaves

Collect leaves of varied shapes and colours. Lay them flat with the veins showing. Choose a few leaves each. Using a paint brush and your chosen colour, paint the veiny surface of the leaves.

Turn the leaf over, placing it painted side down to print onto the paper. Using fingers, gently press the leaves to the paper to help transfer the paint to make a complete leaf print onto the paper.

Carefully peel the leaf from the paper to reveal your print!

More ideas to try

  • Collect handfuls of leaves and watch how they fall when thrown into the air.
  • If you have a group of children, try putting a pile of leaves in the centre of a parachute. See how high you can throw them!
  • Have you thought about bark rubbing with paper and crayons? What patterns can the children see in their rubbings?
  • Fill a large tray with a selection of leaves and explore the textures and sounds you can find.

Areas of Learning and Development (EYFS)

This activity support the following areas of learning and development. For more details, see our factsheet on the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Communication & Language Communication and language:
Listening and attention

Physical Development Physical development:
Moving and handling
Personal, Social & Emotional Development Personal, social and emotional development:
Self-confidence and self-awareness
Mathematics Mathematics:
Shape, space and measures
Understanding the World Understanding the world:
The world
Expressive Art & Design Expressive arts and design:
Exploring and using media and materials,
Being imaginative