Dry Leaves Fall Tree Craft With Free Tree Template

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Autumn brings a treasure trove of vibrant colors and textures, a real-life palette that invites little artists to play and create. And we have just the thing to help them kickstart their seasonal artwork – our fabulous dry leaves fall tree craft! This nifty craft is o make when paired with our free tree templates! Here’s how you can set up a delightful crafting session and the fantastic learning experiences it brings.


What You Will Need

  • Our exclusive free tree templates, ready to be the foundation of your masterpiece
  • Dried leaves in a variety of colors and shapes – the star players of our artwork
  • Glue, for sticking the leaves securely to the template
  • Optional: crayons or colored pencils to add extra details and personal touches

Creating Your Fall Tree

Download and Print: Grab our free tree templates to get started. Print them out on a sturdy paper to hold the texture and weight of the dried leaves. Alternatively, you and your little one can find small twigs and use them to craft your tree.

Leaf Collection: Go on a leaf hunt with your child, collecting a variety of dried leaves that catch your eye. It’s a fantastic opportunity for a nature walk!

Craft Time: Back at home, lay out all your crafting materials and let the creative session begin. Encourage your little one to glue the leaves onto the tree template, creating lush branches full of autumn colors.

The Learning Beneath the Leaves

The joys of creating a fall tree go beyond just a beautiful end product; it’s a learning-rich process:

  • Fine Motor Skills: Handling small leaves and applying glue develops fine motor skills, a foundation for writing and self-care tasks later on.
  • Color Recognition: This activity is a fun way to introduce your child to the warm hues of fall and help them recognize different colors.
  • Creativity: Choosing where to place each leaf fosters creativity, giving children the freedom to express themselves through art.

Going Beyond the Tree

Once your tree is all set and dry, here are some extended activities you can explore:

  • Storytelling: Encourage your child to craft a story about their tree. Who lives there? What adventures happen around it?
  • Display: Find a special place to display the artwork, where everyone can admire your child’s creation.
  • Seasonal Journal: If you loved this activity, why not make it a seasonal activity? Craft trees for different seasons and create a beautiful journal to showcase the changing seasons.

Crafting a fall tree using dried leaves and our free tree templates offers not just a beautiful piece of art to cherish, but a rich tapestry of learning and developmental opportunities for your child. So grab those templates, collect those leaves, and let the autumn crafting season begin, nurturing creativity one leaf at a time!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for toddlers aged children 3 years old and up with adult assistance.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is low.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

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There is no limit to your toddler’s energy and curiosity. That energy and curiosity although a joy can be challenging at times. Their interest in just about everything around them is what makes them great learners. One and two year olds can soak up so much just from their senses!

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Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

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Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

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TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to share my crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched in July 2022 on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Season 2 aired in August 2023! My show was also nominated in 2023 for Best Live Action Preschool Series by the Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence.

Curious Crafting Season 1 is also now airing in Australia on ABC! Watch it here!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

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Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

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The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids

Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.

Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!

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