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Fall Art Ideas


Fall Finger Paint Fun

(Photo submitted by Shell)

Finger-paint on bumpy corn or a smooth pumpkin.


A Fall Tree

Give children red, green, gold, yellow, and orange crayons and a
 piece of white paper.  Let them use the colors to draw a fall tree.


Cut trees out of poster board - one for each child, then
go for a walk, collect leaves and glue them on your trees.


Fall Leaf Stained Glass Designs

Materials Needed:
Colorful fall leaves, wooden ice cream sticks, paper towels, old
 crayons pieces, waxed paper, paper clips, kitchen towel, iron, tape

Take your class on a walk outdoors and collect 4 or 5 fall leaves. Give each child a ice cream stick,
 paper towel, and some pieces of old crayon.  Ask each child to make crayon shaving over the paper
 towel by scraping the side of the ice cream stick against the crayon.  Each child should make a
 handful of shavings. Next, give your child 2 12"long pieces of waxed paper.  Children will then arrange
 their fall leaves on one of their pieces of waxed paper. have the children sprinkle colored wax in the
 spaces between the leaves.  Ask each child to lay a second piece of waxed paper on top of his or
 her leaf arrangement.  Use paper clips to attach each child pieces of waxed paper together.
 Place a towel over the paper, to protect the iron.  then set the iron at a low temperature
 and iron each child arrangement.  Then display in the window!


Fall Tree

Cut a sheet of construction paper to fit around a coffee can.  Have your children
 decorate the paper with crayons, markers, or stickers.  Tape the paper to the can.
  Fill the coffee can with sand and then stand a branch in it.  Help the children cut
 or tear fall symbols from magazines and advertisements.  Tape a loop of yarn to
 each shape.  Unbend some paper clips and show your children how to hang the shapes
 from the branch.  Leave the decorated tree in your room throughout the fall season.


Leaf Rubbing

To help children notice the veins in leaves and the different shapes of leaves, let them place a
variety of leaves (bottom side up) under a piece of light colored construction paper. Using the sides
of crayons that have had the paper covering removed, children make crayon rubbing of the leaves.


Finger Tree

Gather colored paper (red, orange, brown, green, yellow) Trace the child's hand onto several
 sheets of several colors. Cut out. Then cut out a brown tree trunk&branches in proportion
 to the amount of leaves. Have the child glue the hand shapes to the tree trunk to form the leaves
 of the tree. Option: Have the child think of things to be thankful for and label the hand/leaves.


Leaf People

Let the children gather large leaves (or cut leaves from construction paper).  Have the
 children decorate the leaves with facial features, arms, and legs to create leaf people.


Leaf Mobile

Glue colorful and different fabrics to both sides of several pieces of heavy paper.
 Cut leaves from this. Tie a string on each leaf. Suspend the leaves from a small branch.
 Hang where the leaves will catch the breeze and flutter.


Pumpkin Faces

Encourage the children to draw faces on a pumpkin w/ washable markers or crayons.


Aluminum Foil Leaves

Pieces of aluminum foil, leaves, glue, construction paper  Set out pieces of aluminum
 foil and a variety of fall leaves. Let each child select a leaf, place it under a piece of foil,
 and gently press and rub the foil with his or her hand to get a leaf print.
 Then have the children glue their leaf prints to the construction paper.


Handprint Fall Tree

Need small amounts of assorted fall colors and tempera paint the palm
and inside of fingers of one hand (excluding the thumb) with brown paint press hand on
 the paper so that the palm forms a trunk and the fingers form branches dip pad of
 thumb (thumbprint) in paint, one color at a time and stamp leaves onto the branches


Fall Face Picture

Materials Needed:
White paper, glue, leaves, markers or crayons

Cut a 41/2" circle out of white paper. Have children glue  circle on construction paper.
 Ahead of time collect a variety of  leaves. Let children glue leaves on circle for hair.
 Use markers or  crayons to add the facial features. You can also make a leaf collage.


Pressed Leaves

Materials Needed:
Leaves, wax paper, crayon shavings, cloth or a towel, and an Iron (Adult only)

Have the children collect autumn leaves in various colors. They arrange the leaves on a square
 piece of wax paper, along  with colorful crayon shavings. Place an identical piece of wax paper over it.
 An adult places the square between two pieces of cloth and iron to seal the papers  together.


Leaf Wreath

(Submitted by Ana)

Using stencil, have the children draw leaves onto fall colored construction paper
 (red, orange, yellow, and brown).  Have the children cut out their leaves.  Paint the
 outer edge of a paper plate orange.. cut out the center.  When dry, let the children
 add their leaf cutouts to the wreath and add gold glitter for a sparkly look.


Leaf Painting:

Go for a walk and have each child choose 2 special leaves.  Then come back in
 (or stay outside) and paint with tempera paints using the leaves as brushes.  Ideally,
 each kids will use each leaf for one color, and will end up with a 2-color painting.
  So, painting on leaf-colored construction paper works well.  (Provide the children
 with brown or red paper, and offer yellow, green, and orange paint, etc.)


Leaf Prints

You will need the following items:  Newspaper, leaves, tempera paint
 (red, orange, yellow), paintbrushes, black construction paper.
 Have the children select one or two leaves and place them on a piece of newspaper.
  Let them paint their leaves red, yellow and orange.  Then help each child place a
 sheet of black construction paper over the  painted leaves and gently press down
 to make a print. You can keep doing this until you put as many leaves on the black
 paper as the child wants to fill up the page.  The kids really enjoy doing
 this one and so does the teacher.  I always make one for myself.


Dried Leaf Art

Materials Needed:
A cut out leaf from colored paper, Dried leaves, Glue, and a  Paint brush

Provide a large leaf cut from colored construction paper.  Set out bowls of dried fall leaves
 and have the children brush glue  on their leaf shapes and then sprinkle with the dried leaves.


Crayon Rubbings

Make crayon rubbings of pumpkins, corn cobs, leaves, etc.


Leaf Bracelets

Wrap a piece of masking tape (sticky side out) around each child's
wrist. Go on a nature walk and have children collect one leaf from each of several trees,
 sticking it on their leaf bracelet.   When the class returns, sit in circle. Teacher holds up
 each leaf shape in turn and lets children identify similar leaf on their bracelets.
Let children wear their bracelets home and check the types of leaves in their yards.


Cornstalk & Gourd Prints

Dip cornstalks & gourds in paint & use them to make prints on paper


Cornstarch Impressions

Cornstarch, baking soda, water, saucepan, waxed paper, nature objects
such as leaves, twigs and flowers:

 In a saucepan, mix together 1 cup cornstarch, 2 cups baking soda, and 1 1/4 cups water.
 Cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens. Cool, then flatten mixture between sheets
 of waxed paper. Let the children lay leaves, twigs, flowers or other nature objects on top
 of the cornstarch mixture and press them down firmly. Then have them remove the
objects to see the detailed impressions they made.


Puzzle Tree

You know those puzzles that seem to always have missing pieces (like the 63 piece one
 that only has 40 pieces left ) Cut out the trunk of a tree with limbs glue this or even staple
 it to another piece of paper and glue the puzzle pieces to the branches of the tree.



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