Hedgehog Fall Leaf Craft

Arty Crafty Kids | Hedgehog Fall Leaf Craft - An easy fall craft that explores autumn leaf printing

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Hedgehog Fall Leaf Craft – A simple and fun fall craft for preschoolers and children in early years education.

Kids will love creating art with Autumn leaves; exploring the different shapes and textures to create super cute hedgehogs.

This easy fall craft can be completed with a printable hedgehog template (accessed via the Arty Crafty Kids Club), making it the perfect craft for at home or school.

Arty Crafty Kids | Hedgehog Fall Leaf Painting - An easy fall craft for kids that explores Autumn leaf printing.  The Craft can be completed with a printable hedgehog template.

Autumn is wonderful time for exploring nature. Using nature has a source of inspiration, this simple art project, framed within a cute hedgehog, has been designed to encourage children to explore colour-mixing.

Expanding the Fall Art Project:

Before delving into the Hedgehog Fall Leaf Craft, encourage your Arty Crafty Kids to think about the process of mixing colours by asking a few questions…

  • How much Red and Yellow do you need to make Orange?
  • How do you make different tones of Orange (Yellow, Red, Green)?
  • How do you make Brown?
  • Can you make the same colour twice?

Kids will naturally adopt a process of trial and error to create their desired colours, and this simple process has many positive learning outcomes.

The Benefits of Colour Mixing:

Mathematical Thinking:

Arty Crafty Kids will be mentally measuring and testing paint ratios to create new colours.

Problem Solving:

The process of working out ‘HOW’ to create a new colour and replicate the shades of the leaves they’ve collected is problem-solving in action.

Language:

Simply talking about their processes and finding appropriate words to describe their new colours helps develop vocabulary.

And all of these outcomes combined stimulate and enhance children’s imaginations and creativity!

Hedgehog Fall Leaf Craft: Materials

White Card Stock
Leaves
Paint
Paintbrush
Scrap Paper
Mixing Plate

Downloading the Hedgehog Template

Arty Crafty Kids | Hedgehog Fall Leaf Craft - An easy fall craft for kids that explores Autumn leaf printing.  The Craft can be completed with a printable hedgehog template.

Arty Crafty Kids members can access the Hedgehog Template here: https://www.artycraftykids.com/product/fall-hedgehog-art/

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Hedgehog Fall Leaf Craft: Tutorial

Fall Craft for Kids. Hedgehog Template for Autumn Leaf Printing.

Printing the Hedgehog Template

Download and print the Hedgehog Template from the Arty Crafty Kids members area.

The template can be downloaded onto good quality paper or card stock.

If you opt for cardstock, remember to check your printer settings for a recommended weight. Most printers prefer card stock less than 220gsm.

Fall Craft for Kids. Hedgehog Template for Autumn Leaf Printing.

Gather Autumn Leaves

Step 1: Collect a variety of fallen leaves. They can be different types, colours and sizes!

Have a go at identifying some of the leaves and perhaps group the leaves by type, colour or size. This is an easy way to expand the activity.

How to Paint Leaves and Create Awesome Lead Prints with a Hedgehog Template.

How to Paint Leaves and Create
Awesome leaf Prints

Step 2: When it comes to leaf printing, less is more!

Using a paintbrush, spread a thin layer of paint across the back of the leaf. This is where the stem and veins are most prominent.

How to Paint Leaves and Create Awesome Lead Prints with a Hedgehog Template.

Printing with Leaves

Step 3: Once the back of the leaf is covered in paint, turn it over and press it firmly down onto the template.

How to Paint Leaves and Create Awesome Lead Prints with a Hedgehog Template.

Step 4: Carefully peel the leaf away to reveal the print.

Options: In this example, we’re filling our hedgehog with Autumn colours, however your Arty Crafty Kids may prefer to create a traditional brown hedgehog or go the other way with rainbow colours.

How to Paint Leaves and Create Awesome Lead Prints with a Hedgehog Template.

Experiment with Leaves

Step 5: Continue filling the hedgehog with leafy prints.

Use different leaves and perhaps try printing with both sides of the leaf.

Questions for the Kids:

Do some leaves print better than others?

Why do you think some leaves print better than others?

Arty Crafty Kids | Hedgehog Fall Leaf Craft - An easy fall craft for kids that explores Autumn leaf printing.  The Craft can be completed with a printable hedgehog template.

Completing the Hedgehog
Fall Leaf Craft

Step 6: Fill the hedgehog with as many prints as possible. Arty Crafty Kids can create patterns with the prints, layer the prints or keep each separate and defined.

Arty Crafty Kids | Hedgehog Fall Leaf Craft - An easy fall craft for kids that explores Autumn leaf printing.  The Craft can be completed with a printable hedgehog template.

Step 7: Paint the hedgehogs head and remaining body a shade of pink.

Arty Crafty Kids | Hedgehog Fall Leaf Craft - An easy fall craft for kids that explores Autumn leaf printing.  The Craft can be completed with a printable hedgehog template.

The Hedgehog Fall Leaf Craft is now complete!

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We also have a wide collection of Autumn themed worksheets and templates available within the Arty Crafty Kids members area!

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Happy Crafting!

Arty Crafty Kids | Hedgehog Fall Leaf Craft - An easy fall craft for kids that explores Autumn leaf printing.  The Craft can be completed with a printable hedgehog template.

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