Leaf printing

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

You will need:

  • Plain paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Various colours of 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.