This Paper Plate Lion Leaves Craft was so so cute, we just had to try it! Sure enough, it was simple and it made a great fall decoration. Plus, we learned a lot about lions too!
Fall is such a fun time of year to get crafty but it’s also such a busy time of year! This was a great craft that was easy to prep and helped us say “Hello” to the first day of November! We saw this fun lion leaf craft tutorial from Easy Peasy and Fun blog on facebook and we wanted to try it with materials we had!
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Paper Plate Lion Leaves Fall Craft
washable yellow paint (sorry I did not get that in the picture)
yellow/brown leaves (fall is great time to create these!)
*Optional: glitter glue, tape
Paper Plate Lion Leaves Craft Instructions:
Prep: Earlier today, we researched about lions. They love “The Lion King” movie! Later, we ran around at the park and collected some leaves! Then, after rest time we crafted some joy with getting out some paint the materials above to make these fun lion crafts!
Step 1: First, they looked at their stuffed animal lion faces and told me how to draw a lion face. You could have your kids draw it if you’d like:)
Step 2: Next, they painted yellow all over the plate. They loved how the yellow paint easily painted over the purple marker and how it changed the purple to brown!
Step 3: Next, we tried to glue the leaves on the plate but they wanted to play with them right then and there, so we stapled the leaves on the lion. It ended up being about 7 medium to large sized leaves. You can add tape on the back of the staples if you are worried about poking their little fingers.
If you’d like, Add more Fun:
You could add a crown on your lion and decorate the crown with coloring on gems or add glitter glue like M did.
She just wanted to add on a crown like her favorite lion princess from the Lion King.
We just cut 3 small triangles from construction paper and glued them together.
She also wanted to use the leaf stems we cut off from H’s lion mane to add details onto her crown. I love when they think of their own creative ideas!
Fine Motor: Cutting and Glueing, drawing (if your kids draw their own faces)
Gross Motor: Running around to collect the leaves at the park
Colors: Yellow, colors of the leaves
Face parts, Social Skills & Feelings
If you’d like to extend learning into more subjects:
Social Studies, Math, and Lion Science: M asked “where do lions live?” so we researched about lions habitats and learned more fun lion facts, like how one lion weighs as much as 2 or 3 of our daddy!
Faith: It is fun to talk about how God always protects our children. This lion leaf craft is a great way to tie in the story of God protecting Daniel from the lions. You can add a sentence on a piece of paper from the bottom of the lion or write it on the back of the plate, like “God protects (your child’s name), like He protected Daniel from the lions.”
Make it Group/Family Friendly:
Simplify: You could just paint the paper plate with some yellow and call it a lioncub like Toddler J did. He just wanted to paint a little and talk about the color yellow and he was done. That;s okay! He just loves getting involved in his own way. My preschooler, M just wanted a lioness without a mane, and only wanted to paint her cheeks, but she made it her own with her fun ideas and that’s great.
Way to go! You just crafted joy and learning with your kids!
Will you try this adorable Paper Plate Lion Leaves Fall Craft with your Kids?