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Painting with leaves

Duration: short

Age: toddler, child

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun


Explore your garden as well as your child’s creative streak, with this painting with leaves craft activity.

Paiting with leaves

Craft idea submitted by Huggies Baby club member P. Duke, West Hoxton, NSW.

CAUTION: Adult supervision is always recommended when creating these crafts.

I had the paint and paper, but no stamps yet, so I went around the yard and grabbed some leaves off the shrubs and used the paint brushes to put paint on them. Once I showed my son once how it was done, he was more than happy to fill the rest of the page by himself :) As they say, kids don’t need fancy things…they are happy with the simple things. - Patricia Duke, West Hoxton, NSW.

You will need

  • Assorted sized leaves from the garden
  • Coloured paints
  • Large sheets of paper


  • Collect the leaves from the garden – you can get the kids to help! Try and collect a variety of shapes and sizes.
  • Cover your painting surface with newspaper to protect floors/furniture
  • Lay out large sheets of white paper
  • Fill each bowl or tray with a different coloured paint, the bowls need to be large enough to lay a leaf flat on top of the surface
  • Dip the leaves directly in the paint, or paint with paint brushes
  • Experiment with different colour combinations
  • Press each leaf face down onto the paper
  • Hang paper out to dry