Maples leaves are a majestic representative of nature's beauty. They are also large enough for small hands to handle. The leaf's distinctive design—three pointy sections and a long stem—resemble a crown, and the shape makes for regal crafts.
Clear contact paper is a great craft supply for leaves. Place a sheet tacky side up on a clean work surface and let your children lay the leaves on it. Older kids may want to experiment before moving to the contact paper. For example, set the leaves in a circle with the stem side in the middle, and it's a a wreath. You can also add small, flat bits of decoration like sequins, pine needles, confetti, etc. Seal the contact paper with a top layer, use a ruler to scrape the air bubbles to the edges and place a heavy pile of book on top to truly flatten the surface. Now, you have a placemat or cut into shapes for a window hanging.
Adults may remember ironing leaves between two sheets of wax paper. Kids still love this activity, especially if they sprinkle a few crayon shaving around the leaf for a mosaic effect. Mounting the leaf on construction paper first creates a layered effect. And dipping leaves in a double boiler of paraffin wax encrusts the beauty for long-term viewing.