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Time to celebrate Autumn in all of its glory! Let’s get the kids outside collecting up those beautiful fallen leaves, and let’s turn them into a hanging mobile. In this fun, simple activity you and your kids can enjoy some time exploring your backyard or local park, re-connecting with our natural environment. A fabulous way to spark a conversation about our local flora and fauna  – and (most importantly) get away from those pesky devices!

You won’t need too many supplies for this activity – a pile of interesting leaves of different shapes and sizes, a nice long stick for hanging our leaves, and some wool or string also.

Suitable for kids from 4 yrs and up (you can definitely do with younger kids too with a bit of help)– a great project for little kids to practice their threading and knotting skills, and improve those fine-motor skills.

A fantastic way to explore and learn about nature and the seasons with your mini-maker.

Lets get creative!

You will need…

  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • A pile of assorted leaves (larger/flatter leaves best)
  • A long stick – for hanging our leaves
  • A few pipe cleaners – long and/or short – try and stick to your Autumn colours
  • A few lengths of wool or string- warm colour tones
  • Some assorted beads or buttons (for decorating)- warm colour tones
  • Optional – A coloured pen ( a Posca Pen is great!!)

Step 1. Go on a nature walk – collect yourselves a nice pile of interesting leaves. Hole punch the ends of each one.
Step 2. Work with your pipe cleaners and string/wool to tie and twist through each hole.
Step 3. Thread pipe cleaners with beads/buttons to decorate – perhaps talk about pattern and colour when doing this.

Step 4. Attach and tie the lengths of string and pipe cleaners onto the stick – it is nice to have them all hanging at different lengths. Tie and twist securely onto the stick so the string doesn’t slide along.
Step 5. Pen – use a coloured pen or a Posca pen to decorate the leaves with dots/stripes/lines/patterns. You can do all of the leaves on both sides – or maybe just a couple of leaves.
Step 6. Use a long piece of string to attach at the top of the stick so your mobile can be displayed against a wall.

Step 7. Admire your Autumn Leaf Mobile – hang it on a hook for display!

Tracy McDowall

Tracy McDowall  

Tracy has been running her business RAW Art for the past 24 years. RAW Art runs fun educational hands-on workshops with kids and adults in schools, kindy's, and at their creative art studio in vibrant West End. Tracy believes art is important in every child's life, helping kids to grow into creative innovative thinkers // www.rawart.com.au