Invite your children to explore fall leaves with this fun, process art exploration.
All you need to do is provide a few simple materials and invite your children to create anything they choose!
Children don’t need to be told what to make and how to make it. Crafts are fun, but children also need the opportunity to create something all their own. This invitation to create with fall leaves provides the perfect opportunity to do just that.
In this open-ended activity, children will create using fall leaves. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Allow the children to choose how to use the materials placed in front of them and what they will make. This gives them the opportunity to explore their own creativity and practice using art materials.
Fall Leaf Art Supplies
- Fall leaves
- Mod Podge (optional)
- Foam brush (optional)
- Tempera paints
- Paint tray or plate
- Googly eyes
- Apron or paint smock
Fall Leaves Art Preparation
Step 1 – Seal the Fall Leaves (Optional)
Use the foam brush to paint Mod Podge onto the fall leaves. This will preserve and protect the leaves and will help the tempera paint adhere to their surfaces.
Step 2 – Set Up Invitation to Create Fall Leaves Art
Place fall leaves, tempera paint colors of choice, paintbrushes, googly eyes, and glue on a work surface.
Invite Child to Create
Place an apron or painting smock on your children and allow them to have fun creating fall leaf art. Again, there is no right or wrong way to do this. Simply present the materials and have your children play and create whatever they want.
When commenting on the children’s work, focus on their efforts and on describing what you see as opposed to evaluating the artist or the result. Use phrases such as “Wow, you really worked hard to make this” or “I see lots of red and yellow.” Stay away from comments such as “You’re so talented” or “You are such a good artist.” The former phrases will motivate them to create in the future while the latter may set them up for disappointment later in life. Choose your comments wisely.
Your comments could also encourage the young artists to explain their thinking or process: “Tell me about this part (pointing).” or “How did you do that?”
This process art activity with leaves allows children to practice using art materials and flexing their creative muscles. What will your children create?
BIO: Nell believes in the magic of childhood, spending more time outdoors than indoors, and making this world a greener place to live. She is the creator of Rhythms of Play — where parents can find simple tips, crafts and activities to keep the kids busy all day. Check out her amazing All Season Hand and Fingerprint Tree. You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.