Leaf People

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Last time I was at the dollar store I noticed some leaf cutouts in the seasonal section.  These were not paper leaves, more like the kind you would find on a garland.  I bought them, thinking I would use them in a holiday display. But with life being what it is, the leaves never made it into any display.  They did make it into the back of my supply closet, also known as the "closet of mystery" since we never quite know what's inside.  

While searching for something else the other day, I found the leaves and wondered what fun kids activity I could do with them.  I came up with Leaf People, the cute little guys you see above.

Supplies you will need:
  • Leaves (real, paper or other cut out)
  • Googly eyes
  • Foam stickers
  • Toothpicks 
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Markers

The kids glued their leaves on the to the construction paper.  You will want to make sure they don't glue the leaf too close to the bottom or there will not be room for the legs.  

Next, the girls glued some toothpick arms and legs to their leaves.  

Then came the googly eyes!

I also bought some foam number stickers at the dollar store, and cut them to make shapes for the nose and mouth. A zero cut in half will make two great smiles.

Everyone had a blast doing this kids craft.  The girls kept wanting to make more and more leaf people.  Here are some variations that they made.  

I love this one that A made because it looks like it's on the move.  I had to laugh at the effect the sideways mouth produced.

When B made this one, I got the idea to draw some arms and legs on the leaves.  How adorable are they?  My kids think the one on the left looks like Elmo --  if Elmo were a leaf with poorly drawn arms and legs.  

The googly eyes really made this art activity.  For more fun with googly eyes check out our Pumpkin Decorating and Monster Making.

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  1. So much fun!!And I agree, the googly eyes are the best :)

  2. I have that same closet ;) Love these!

    I would love if you would link this to my little link party of kids' activities Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land (http://adventures-in-mommy-land.blogspot.com/2011/11/hey-mom-look-what-i-did-5.html)

  3. The closet of mystery made me laugh because I have one of those too! I think that one leaf looks like Elmo too.

  4. So super cute Vicky.. Love these.. : ))

  5. I don't have a "mystery closet" but I do have a cedar chest I call the black hole :) Keep all my craft supplies inside. With me being a preschool teacher at heart, I never throw anything away and the thing just keeps overflowing :) LOVE this idea and totally bet the kids had a blast!

  6. How fun! Looks like they're having a great time and taking their artistic efforts very seriously! :-) Thanks for following Cranberry Morning. I'm following you back!

  7. Oh my! Aren't these the cutest! The $$$ store is the perfect place for craft inspiration! Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. I'll be sure to follow you too!

  8. Hi Vicki! thanks for stopping by and following ReMadeSimple-your leaf people are cute and made me smile-I bet my boys would like them too!

  9. How easy to make cartoons with leaf. I never thing about it. Easy to get inspiration from your too sweet idea. I am one of the newest follower of your blog.

  10. These are super cute Vicky!! Love them! Would you link them up to my TGIF Linky Party Friday =-) http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties

    Beth =-)

  11. Hello! Please come to http://patspinkapron.blogspot.com I have The Triple Cute Award there for you. Copy and paste it. Love your blog. Pat

  12. @ MiaB, the possibilities for googly eyes are endless!
    @ Heather, thanks so much for the comment.
    @ Charlene, thanks! I just linked up!
    @ Sam, whenever I can't find something, there's a good chance it's in that closet.
    @ Marilyn, thanks for stopping by Mess For Less.
    @ Leigh, thanks!
    @ Tammie, I also never throw anything away because I think we will make something. LOL!
    @ Cranberry Morning, they are always serious about their art.
    @ Bronwyn, Even if I am not inspired at the dollar store I know once I get something home I will be.
    @ Kristina, thanks so much for the follow!

  13. We LOVE leaf people and these are brilliant! Such fun!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  14. Thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land....hope to see you again soon!!

  15. We reviewed a great book that could go along with this over at
    www.penpalsandpicturebooks.blogspot.com. We show a twist on the activity, but I love love love this dollar store option! Would you be interested in linking these posts?

  16. They would make the cutest little Thanksgiving greeting cards. Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday!

  17. Great kiddie craft!! My little girl would love this! I would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party :) http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/bedazzle-me-monday-8.html

    Also, PRETTY PLEASE check out Random Acts of Kindness Week going on right now. Would love it if you could participate!!

  18. This craft would go great with the book "By the light of the harvest moon" by Harriet Ziefert!!