10 Ways to Play with Laminated Leaves

Following on from our laminated leaf post yesterday, I thought I'd share with you 10 of our favourite activities & crafts using these beautiful leaves!  

1. Props for imaginative & small world play. As you can see they make great fairy stepping stones through a muddy swamp!

2. They make neat nature counters, & as they're laminated they can be used all year round.

3. Perfect for creating patterns & pictures

4. Explore colour change or group leaves into colour sets

5. Great for exploring sizes & sequencing.

6. Ideal for matching & sorting into shape sets or tree species

7. With a few additions they make very stylish Christmas trees. Perfect for Christmas cards!

8. They make colourful decorations too! With just a few paperclips they can be turned into a simple threading activity & beautiful decorations.

9. For those who enjoy leafing through a book, how about a leaf bookmark! :-)

 Or a unique leaf gift tag.

10. And of course, they’re great to explore with a little natural light.


  1. some fantastic ideas there, I really like the idea of an unusual tag!

  2. Awesome, I had never thought of laminating leaves, that would give me a lot more use of the ones the kids keep picking up and bringing home!

  3. Ooh what a lovely lovely set of ideas... the simple leave and so many guises :-)

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy x

  4. You've got me convinced.... we definitely need some laminated leaves!

  5. Having just acquired a laminator, I have enjoyed this and put a link on my blog. The matching and sorting ideas are on my list for next week.

  6. I've been looking at all the beautiful leaves and wondering how to use them. Saw your post and was totally inspired. Just went and laminated my first batch. They look great. Thanks

  7. Some great ideas- love the paper clip threading. I am a secondary science teacher at a special needs school and I have used laminated leaves to make a large wall display. We made a key if leaves and pupils had to look at the features of the leaves and make up questions. Eg. Is it a conifer leaf? Does it have five points? Can you see spores on the underside? Etc each question is yes/no and leads to either another question or the name of a leaf. So the spores question 'yes' would be a laminated fern with a label and the 'no' would lead to a further question to identify another leaf. It was a brilliant activity- kids came up with some brilliant questions!