Autumn Tree Leaf Paintings

It is October and the autumn has well and truly set in now. I love summer for its array of vibrant bright florals but autumn has a special place in my heart.  I love the shift to warming foods such as pumpkins, squashes, hearty soups and stews. I appreciate the need to drag out the warm clothes, the jumpers and coats to wrap up cosily in when you leave the house. There is something so refreshing about this seasons crisp air and the sound of fallen leaves crunching under your foot as you walk along the pavement.

I always think of spring and summer to be the seasons of intense colour but actually autumn is pretty colourful too. I love the burnt oranges, the reds and the yellows coating the streets and falling from the trees. Autumn is in fact filled with an array of colour.

Bear is also appreciating the change in the seasons. He is excitedly kicking and jumping in the leaves as we walk down the street. We have been talking about the seasons changing, the colours he sees and the items he finds in his path. We have been collecting leaves on our travels to bring home with us for crafts and play.

Here is a simple fallen leaf craft activity we made last week with some of our finds.


  • Non-toxic paint in autumnal colours (Brown, yellow, orange, red, green, white)

  • PVA Glue

  • A selection of leaves

  • Sponges

  • Brushes

  • Coloured Paper

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Step One: Paint the shape of your tree trunks on to the paper. Because Bear is only 2 years old I decided to paint the trunks on for us to give him something to build upon. As soon as he came over to the table and saw the tree shapes he was excited, "Mummy make an apple tree."


Step Two: Spread PVA glue over your painting where you wish to stick the leaves.


Step Three: You can now decorate your trees. Stick the fallen leaves to your painting. Sponge on some coloured paint. You could stick other found materials to your painting such as twigs, sticks and feathers if you wish.


Here are our finished autumn leaf tree paintings. Or "apple trees," as Bear keeps calling them. What do you think?