Fall makes me think of beautiful and colorful fall leaves, and leaves make for an amazing learning theme. We have some awesome leaf art projects with printable leaf templates to help you get you started! From leaf Pop Art to yarn leaves, these leaf art projects are sure to keep you busy all month long! Great leaf projects for preschoolers to elementary!

Why Do Fall Art With Kids?

Children are naturally curious. They observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and how to control themselves and their environments. This freedom of exploration helps children form connections in their brains, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun!

Art and crafts are a natural activity to support this essential interaction with the world. Kids need the freedom to explore and experiment creatively. Adding a seasonal theme such as Fall creates a sense of excitement for the seasonal changes happening around them!

Simple, easy Fall crafts allow toddlers, and preschoolers to practice many valuable skills for life and learning. These include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.

For elementary and middle school grades and older kids, art is fantastic for relaxation and a good outlet to express themselves creativity. From process art to exploring famous artists, fall theme art activities are a valuable resource to have on hand.

Explore our list of Fall art projects here.

Helpful Art Resources To Get You Started

Here are a few resources to help you introduce art more effectively to your kids or students and feel confident when presenting materials. You’ll find helpful free printables throughout.

Get Your Free Printable Leaves!

Get your arts and craft time started with our free printable leaf templates for anytime use! Use simply as fall leaf coloring pages or with some of the leaf art ideas below.

Grab your FREE printable Leaf Templates!

Leaf Art Projects For Preschoolers To Elementary

There are so many fun activities you can do with our printable leaf templates. Make sure to check out these fun leaf crafts and art ideas below that explore various forms of art!


Try mess-free leaf painting in a bag. Finger painting for toddlers to preschoolers without the big clean up!

Leaf Painting In A Bag


This leaf craft is super simple to pull together with yarn and cardboard but is also super fun for small fingers!

Fall Leaf Craft


Black glue is a cool art technique that is perfect for Fall leaf art. All you need is some paint and glue.

Leaf Art With Black Glue


Even if your kiddos aren’t the crafty type, every kid loves to paint with salt and watercolor or food coloring. Combine science and art with this easy absorption process. 

Leaf Salt Painting


Use real leaves to make a simple leaf painting using watercolor paints and white crayons as a resist. Easy to do for a cool effect!

Leaf Crayon Resist Art


Have a go at sensory painting with this easy natural scented leaf spice painting.


Marbles make a cool paintbrush in this super simple to set up activity for fall! Process art is amazing fun for preschoolers!

Leaf Marble Art


These zentangle leaves are a fun Fall take on a classic zentangle art activity

Leaf Zentangle


Collect your own colorful fall leaves and turn them into Leaf rubbing art with our step by step instructions. A great way for preschoolers and elementary kids to make colorful art from nature.

Leaf Rubbings


Combine a repeating leaf pattern and color to create fun pop art inspired by the famous artist, Andy Warhol! 

Leaf Pop Art


Combine bright colors with real leaves to create fun abstract art inspired by the famous artist, Henri Matisse! Matisse art for kids is also a great way to explore art with kiddos of all ages.

Matisse Leaf Art


Combine the colors of fall with our leaves printable to create a fun fall leaf art project inspired by the famous artist, Georgia O’Keeffe!

O’Keeffe Leaves


Combine learning about the parts of a leaf and what they are called with a fun coloring page. Use markers, pencils or even paint!

Bonus Fall Leaf Science Activities

Kids will also love these fun and simple fall science experiments with leaves!

Fall Leaf Slime

Our Fall slime recipe is perfect science and sensory play when the leaves begin to change color. Fall science is easy to do with young kids and older kids too!

Leaf Veins

Explore the structure of plant leaves and how water travels through leaf veins with the kids this season.  This fun and simple experiment is a great way to see behind the scenes of how plants work!

Leaf Chromatography

Have you ever wondered about how leaves get their color? Set up this easy fall experiment to find the hidden pigments in the leaves in your backyard!

Salt Crystal Leaves

Growing salt crystals is a really fun and simple science experiment you can do either at home or in the classroom. Here we have given it a fun fall theme!

Why Do Leaves Change Color

Find out what causes leaves to change color in the fall with this fun printable lapbook project. Our printable fall leaves project makes learning easy!

Printable Fall Art Project Pack

Everything you need is included in this Fall Art Project Pack. Just add art supplies! Perfect for kids of all ages to enjoy with a variety of techniques. Whether in the classroom, at home, or with groups, there is a fantastic variety of art activities to try!

Find all the instructions and templates necessary for over 40 art projects this Fall.

Apples, pumpkins, leaves, Halloween, and Thanksgiving!

Explore process art, STEAM, and even famous artists with these very doable art activities that won’t break the budget or the time you have available!