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Play Dough Leaf Print

Let the kids make clay or dough leaf prints to celebrate the coming of autumn.
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  • Homemade or store-bought non-toxic play dough or clay
  • Leaves
  • Small rolling pins or round dowels


  • Buy or make play dough. (To make play dough, mix 4 cups flour, 1 cup salt, and 1 3/4 cups water and knead with your hands. Add food coloring if desired.)
  • Divide up the dough so you have enough for each child.
  • Go out and collect leaves from the yard or have them ready ahead of time.
  • Show the children how to roll out the dough or pat it flat.
  • Demonstrate how to press the leaves into the dough to make an imprint.
  • Save the leaf prints or let the kids try other objects to make imprints.

Learning Skills

Fine motor development
Creativity and imagination
Thinking skills
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