Preschool Activities and Printables

Fall Leaf Collage Sun Catcher

I’ve been doing numerous fall activities lately with my preschooler, but not many involve getting outside and actually enjoying the seasonal changes that are taking place right now. So I decided to hand my daughter a bag and take her for a nice outing in search of colorful leaves to make a collage to display in our windows. The collages turned out much better than I ever thought they would! When the light hits the leaves directly, it results in a beautiful and bright display. It is unfortunate that the leaves’ colors don’t last longer (they still turn brown). I’d love to keep these collages up much longer. Guess I’ll just get my preschooler to make some more! =)

Here’s what you’ll need to make these simple but beautiful fall leaf collage sun catchers:


  • Variety of leaves collected by your preschooler(s)
  • Bag (for collecting leaves)
  • Clear contact paper
  • Tape (optional- helpful to hold contact paper in place)
Step 1: Take a nice walk around your neighborhood and look for leaves of different colors and sizes.

Step 2: Cut a large piece clear contact paper. Roll up pieces of tape, sticky side facing out, and place on the clear side of the contact paper (not the side with the paper). This helps hold the paper in place and keeps it from rolling back up. Now peel the paper off the contact paper so the sticky side is facing upwards.

Step 3: Have your preschooler arrange the leaves on the contact paper. Once they are done making their leaf collage, take another piece of contact paper (about the same size as the first), peel it, and stick it on top of the other, sealing the leaves in the middle. Cut off any access or uneven contact paper.

Step 4: Now your preschooler’s leaf collage is ready for display in the window. Try to place it in a window that gets a lot of sun. When the sun hits it, the leaves will glow bright colors, adding a nice fall display to your room or house temporarily. Unfortunately, the leaves still change color, but you can enjoy the colorful leaves while they last. =)



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