Mini Monets and Mommies: Leaf Print Fall Tree Art Activity

Friday, September 5, 2014

Leaf Print Fall Tree Art Activity

Even if it isn’t fall yet (or you live in a year-round summer, palm tree-lined area) your trees can still turn into awesome autumn colors. Don’t get me wrong – nothing tops the beauty of nature. But, your child’s art can be pretty beautiful too!  Combine the two and you get a colorful season-themed project.
Autumn Print

I’m big on print-making. Styrofoam, sandals (yes, sandals) and even pipe cleaners can transform into perfect printing materials. In this kids’ craft, get your little artist out into nature and combine science and art. Take a trek outside and collect leaves, twigs and bark. Spend some time observing the natural environment and ask your child open-ended questions such as:

·        What colors do you see?

·        Why do you think some leaves are on the trees and some are on the round?

·        Where do you think that piece of bark came from?

·        What does the leaf feel like in your hand?

·        How do the leaves and the twigs feel different?

Bring your natural objects inside or set up an art station in the backyard.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Leaves and twigs or bark

Science art

·        Card stock paper

·        Orange, yellow, red and brown tempera paint

·        A piece of wax paper

·        A paintbrush

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Pour the paint in baseball-sized pools on a piece of wax paper.

Wax paper
2.     Dip the bark or a twig into the brown paint. If your child can’t cover the bumpy texture, have her use the paintbrush to add more paint.

3.     Press the paint-covered bark or twig onto the paper to make a tree trunk.

4.     Dip the leaves into the paint, one color per leaf.
Fall Print

5.     Place the leaves (one at a time) onto the paper. Press firmly down to make autumn colored tree branches.
Autumn Art

6.     Mix some of the colors onto one leaf to make a marbleized, blended look.
Fall art

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  1. I have to say that I'm not a HUGE fan of nature, but this is an adorable activity for combining art and nature study. :) Thanks for linking up with Family Fun Friday!

  2. I love your nature inspired artwork!

    I featured this on TGIF today -

    Thanks for linking up & have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =)

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  4. Ah, what a colorful season theme project! Love the kid's craft project you delivered for our kids. Yeah, nothing tops the beauty of nature. But really overwhelmed with the combined painting job you sketched over the cleanly white page considering the natural objects. That's amazing. Love it so much. Certainly would like to drop my warm thanks for mentioning the essential elements and steps for innovating such a wonderful art project. In fact I was interested to find out tree removal services near me that specialize in tree removal care, tree care, stump removal, stump grinding, pruning, limb cutting, mulching, chipping, root collar clearing, general clean up, land clearing and pest management. But seriously I enjoyed this brilliant project.

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