To commemorate the changing season, I tried out a simple Fall art activity with one of my daycare kids, L, this week. It was fun, easy and engaged the senses. I’ll be repeating this project with the rest of my kids soon. I hope you enjoy it as well!
- Dry fallen leaves (offer just a few at a time if you’re indoors to limit the mess)
- Colored Construction Paper (affiliate link)
(of children’s choice)
- Tempura Paint (affiliate link)
- Paint brush
- A tray or paper plate for the paint
As I laid out the materials I commented on the colors. “Here’s some red paint… Here’s some blue…” L repeated the names as we went along. I laid out the leaves and left him to it without any specific instructions.
At first he took little interest in the leaves and simply painted on the paper. After exploring the paint colors for a few minutes, he moved on to painting the leaves.
Spontaneously grabbing a leaf and crunching it led to a new game. One by one L crunched up the leaves over the paper, delighting in the sound while the bits fell into the paint.
It was a fun sensory experience to feel the leaves crumble and hear them crunch. I observed out loud that the leaves “crunch” when they are crumbled. L was excited to have a word to put with the sound.
Once he was all done, I turned the paper over the trash can to dispose of the loose leaf bits. Many of them stayed in the paint making a beautifully textured piece of art.
Related Reading: Books about Fall
Here are a few of the books that I’ll be using to support our learning about Fall.
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert (affiliate link)
Preschoolers will love following Leaf Man on a mystical journey. Where could he be?
The pictures are made with a variety of tree leaves, which are identified on the inside covers. Use the book for reference when you find fallen leaves in your neighborhood. Perhaps you’ll find your own Leaf Man.
Fresh Fall Leaves by Betsy Franco (affiliate link)
This simple tale of playing in the fall leaves is suitable for toddlers and preschoolers. After reading, find some leaves to pile up, jump in, toss in the air or crunch under foot.
Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington. (affiliate link)
Follow Jamie as he plants a pumpkin seed, watches his plant grow and eventually carves a jack-o-lantern out of his very own pumpkin. Toddlers and up love to find the animals hidden on each page. Great for Fall or Halloween time.