Nature crafts are good scout activities for several reasons. First, you can get the kids outside to collect the supplies. While they are there, they can look around and really see the outdoors. Second, they are usually inexpensive. And third, I just like the way natural stuff looks.
Leaf prints are always fun for Cub Scouts. They are easy and usually look pretty good. Instead of the usual method of putting the leaf under the paper and rubbing it with a crayon, try making leaf prints with paint. Or use it over a leaf rubbing to get a layered affect.
This craft could be used to fulfill requirement or as an enrichment activity with
- Tiger Requirement 5D – With a crayon or colored pencil and a piece of paper, make a leaf rubbing
- Tiger Elective 2 – Make a decoration with your family or your den. Display it or give it to someone as a gift.
- Tiger Elective 12 – Make at least two cards or decorations and take them to a hospital or long-term care facility.
- Wolf Elective 12 - Be an Artist
- Bear Elective 12 - Nature crafts
- Webelos Artist activity badge
- Art belt loop and pin
Leaf Prints Craft Project
- Several fresh leaves (should not be dry and crumbly)
- a few different colors of washable paint
- paintbrushes or sponges
- “Paint” the veined side of the leaf with paint, using a paintbrush or sponge. Use a generous amount, but not so much that it is drippy.
- Place the leaf, paint side down, on the paper.
- Press the leaf gently to transfer the paint to the paper, but try not to move the leaf around since that will cause smudges.
- Remove the leaf.
- Repeat with more leaves and different colors.
The prints might not look perfect, but they will look nice enough that your kids will appreciate them. Scouts could also make a frame for the print by gluing twigs and natural “finds” to a fun foam frame shape.