Invite your children to create with fall leaves! This open-ended art activity is fun and always a hit with children!
What is an invitation to create?
An “Invitation to Create”, also known as art prompt or provocation, is a intriguing and thoughtfully arranged array of materials that invite exploration and further investigation. It’s meant to be a simple but engaging activity that stimulates your child’s imagination, offers the freedom to create, problem solve, make decisions, explore the use of materials, use familiar materials in new ways, invent and find new ways of doing things as well as building fine and gross motor skills.
- School Glue or Modge Podge (pour in little containers for each child)
- Old paintbrushes
- Collage materials (feathers, wood shapes, foam shapes, googly eyes etc.)
Step 1: Set up
Gather fall leaves! Place fall leaves, paintbrushes, googly eyes, pencils, glue and paper on trays on the table. Gather children and read the “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert. This is a fantastic book with illustrations from actual fall leaves and the perfect inspiration to collect leaves and arrange whimsical creatures with them!
Step 2: Invite children to create
Invite the children to pick some leaves and arrange them on their paper in any way they want. What creatures can they create? Simply present the materials. If you are working with young children you might want to show them how to apply a small amount of glue on their paper and then press the leaf and other loose parts onto it.
And in case your children need a little more inspiration to get started, here are some fun one’s. You could print out examples and brainstorm what animals and creatures you could come up with on your own!