During autumn, an abundance of leaves falling from the trees invites use, such as for Christian leaf crafts. However, you do not have to collect leaves from outside for crafting; hobby stores sell plastic and fabric leaves which lack the imperfections and dirt which might be found on natural leaves. No matter the source, use fall leaves for kids' art projects to help to remind them of lessons from the Bible.
Thanksgiving Leaf Wreath
Make a fall leaf wreath with a memory verse. Cut the center out of a paper plate to make the hole in the middle of the wreath. Alternatively, leave the center of the paper plate in place and have the child draw a picture inside the middle of the plate. Write around the edge of the plate the verse: Psalms 118:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.” Give the child fall leaves to decorate the frame by gluing them around the edge of the paper plate, without covering up the memory verse.
Leaf Picture Frame
Have children make their own leaf-shaped picture frames. Place a leaf onto a heavy sheet of construction paper and let the child trace around it, then cut the leaf shape from the construction paper. Cut a 3-inch hole in the middle of the construction paper leaf. Glue or tape a picture of the child to the back of the leaf so the face of the child is inside the circle. Let the child decorate the construction paper leaf as a fall craft project. Have him write his weekly memory verse on the leaf so that whenever he sees the picture, he will remember the verse.
Create a fall placemat with everything the child feels thankful for, using leaves as seasonal accents. Give the child pieces of paper cut out in leaf shapes by using real leaves as templates, or offer the child dried real leaves. Allow the child to glue these onto a piece of construction paper, and write one blessing she feels thankful to God for on each leaf, using a marker. At the top of the placemat she should write: “I thank God for...” Laminate the placemat to make it waterproof or cover in a sheet of clear self-adhesive paper.