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We’ve been trying to spend a lot of time outside while the weather is still warm. We are fortunate to have a good size yard at the house we’re renting. We live in the mountains, so there are lots of trees and bushes and dirt, which make it perfect for these boys to have lots of adventures.
I do a few different things while they play outside. Sometimes I bring out a book to read. I shared about this on Instagram, but I’m loving Teaching from Rest right now. I’ve also been doing a bit of pulling weeds and cleaning up the yard. We are hoping to grow a garden next year, so we’re taking some time to slowly get the yard ready for that. And other times I just sit and enjoy being outside.
It’s not an easy thing for me just to sit. I like to be busy and be productive. Sitting still for too long sometimes makes me feel lazy. But I’ve been working on slowly down and enjoying things more.
As I was sitting there playing with sticks in the dirt with my 3 year old, I was trying to come up with something that would be fun to do with them. And that’s how this stick and leaf dragon craft was came about.
Gather some sticks or twigs. The size really depends on how big you want your dragon to be. I chose sticks that were around 8 inches long. The more interesting your sticks look the more interesting your dragon will turn out.
Find some leaves as well. Fall is the perfect time to do this craft because you can find some beautiful and colorful leaves around.
Pick out which sticks you want to use from what you’ve gathered. You can leave the sticks as is or paint them to add some fun color. If you do choose to paint, just wait until their dry to add the leaves.
I painted two of my sticks, but left one plain because I loved the color of the wood.
Add a dab of hot glue around the middle of the stick and attach one of the leaves. You want to make sure part of the leaf catches onto the glue, not just the stem, for it to stay attached well.
Add another dab of glue on top, and attach another leaf to the opposite side.
One last detail to add is a little face onto the dragons. I used acrylic paint with a tiny brush to add on some eyes, mouth, and nostrils, but black puffy paint
like this would work great for kiddos doing this craft. I lost my bottle, so I’ll be buying some more soon. I use this paint for so many of my projects.
My kiddos had fun playing with the dragons when they were finished.
This isn’t the most long lasting craft in the world. The leaves will eventually dry up and become brittle. But they are beautiful and fun while they last.
This is another one of those projects that’s incredibly simple but turned out really enjoyable to do.