Sensory leaf activity

Posted on November 2nd, 2014

Coombe Mill ‘How to make’ Series

How to Make Crafts for Children from Coombe Mill

Every Friday afternoon we run an activity craft hour on the farm for the children staying here with us on holiday. The fun from these sessions I often share on my Saturday Country Kids linky in-between our own family adventures, but as these sessions build I am creating a post focusing simply on instructions to make the ideas we use. You can find more crafts in the series under the Farm Crafts Category. This week’s craft is inspired from a pin that our Apprentice Amber’s sister showed to us on our Pinterest that we’ve turned into some sensory fun.

Sensory Leaf Art


Sensory Learning Activity

What You’ll Need

  • Sensory leaf activity printable

  • Rolling Pin

  • Herbs from the garden

  • Kitchen roll (optional)

What you'll need for the Sensory Leaf Activity  


  1. Edit the sensory sheet to fit the fresh herbs and plants you have available and print off the amount of copies you need

  2. Gather a leaf per person for all the herbs and plants you have on your sheet

  3. Get the kids to lay out the leaves in the correct circles

  4. Fold the paper over on the line. 

    4a If you are using a blackberry as we did a sheet of kitchen roll will help the inevitable splat from the squished blackberry running out of the paper and onto your work surface.

  5. Roll the rolling pin over the sheet pressing down firmly

  6. Unfold the activity sheet

  7. Smell the different smells from the herbs as well as the different patterns and colours the leaves made. 




Step by Step sensory Leaf Activity


Some of the younger guests had difficulty using the rolling pin so used a rock to hit the paper or placed it on the floor and jumped on it and then rubbed the leaves on the paper to get a stronger smell.

Stones and Smudges  

A few fun additions you could try:-

  • You could try using a hammer instead of a rolling pin if the children have better motor control

  • You could have multiple sheets with different herbs and plants on

  • You could combine it with some paint to make different leaf patterns. 

 Sensory Fun

The photo above is taken from our activity hour on the farm where we used this sensory craft as part of our fun and learning that week.

Click on the picture below to download or print out a sensory sheet for yourself! 


Sensory Sheet 

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Did you know the Coombe Mill website also has a full program of educational resources aimed at children from early years through to key stage 2 which are prefect for supporting the natural learning on holiday here.