October is the perfect month to go picking leaves, conkers, acorns and pinecones. These all make brilliant materials for creating crafts and collecting them is a very fun and educational activity for your children to get involved with. My three year old son loves to get out into nature to splash in puddles and kick up the leaves. Doing these activates have also helped him learn about colours and textures and more importantly to learn how to have fun.
The Sycamore tree has perfect leaves for crafts as they have a waxy coating which means they hold their shape and don’t rot down as quickly as the leaves of other tree species. If you want to keep them longer than a couple of weeks before using them, then it would be best to press them as this preserves them. They can also be found in the most spectacular colours, from a dark rich red to a bright yellow. The Sycamore also produces wonderful winged seeds that are known as helicopters. These can not only be fun in crafts but you can also get children to learn about gravity by racing them from a height. The Sycamore tree is special to Wales as the wood was once used in the traditional craft of Welsh loves spoons.
Crafting doesn’t need to cost much especially when you pick the materials straight from nature. This week we have made leaf wreaths using paper plates and glue, very simple so it makes a brilliant craft for those who are less creative. I am a poor artist, I can just about draw stick men, so when I want to use natural materials to create pictures I print off stencil pictures which are found online. I have attached links at the bottom of this post for you to use. It is a good idea to collect a large bag of autumnal natural materials, as you can use them throughout the winter for different crafts. I have many other ideas for conkers, acorns and pinecones which I will be using for Christmas crafts.
The photos below give you an idea of what to do with the leaves that you have picked.
Websites that provide animal colouring pages which you can print out: