Thursday, September 16, 2010

Leafy Splatter Paint

Red Leaf, Yellow LeafRed Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert is a classic book for fall!  The story follows the life of a sugar maple tree and explores how the tree changes throughout the seasons.  The illustrations are beautiful, and a cut-out leaf page allows for turning the leaf from red to yellow to red to yellow.  I think that is my daughter's favorite part! 

You need:
Paper
Leaves
Tape
Washable tempera paint
Toothbrush

1)  After looking for and finding leaves, stick them on the paper with double-sided tape or a small loop of tape.

2)  Put a small amount of tempera paint in a bowl.  Add a drop or two of water to thin the paint.  Demonstrate how to splatter the paint with the toothbrush.  Have fun splattering!

3)  Allow the paint to dry.  Predict what will happen when you remove the leaves.  Remove the leaves!

We did this messy activity in the bathtub.  We would've attempted it outside, but it was way too windy!

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I am also linking up to Little Learners Lounge:  Fall Festival




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9 Comments:

Blogger Debbie said...

This is so cute! I love seeing all the Autumn activities popping up.

September 16, 2010 at 10:29 AM  
Anonymous cathy @ NurtureStore said...

LOVE IT! We are definitely going to try this one with lots of different shaped leaves. It will make great wrapping paper. Would you come and link up with the Play Academy again?

September 16, 2010 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very neat! I imagine the leaves looked pretty, too :)

September 16, 2010 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger RedTedArt said...

Oh how pretty! We have not made mess like this yet. How red ted would love it..... and that is the 2nd time I have seen that book. It really is going on our list now! Thank you!

Maggy
PS Link up to this week's Kids Get Crafty? http://www.redtedart.com/2010/09/15/kids-craft-the-mona-lisa/

September 16, 2010 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger April said...

That project came out soooo pretty (I had to add the extra oooo's for emphasis). Coming thru from stART. Feel free to stop by my blog!

September 16, 2010 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Miller Moments said...

You have wonderful ideas! I look forward to seeing more. :)

September 16, 2010 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Brimful Curiosities said...

That's a great idea to use the tub. We own that Ehlert book as well as Leaf Man. Perfect for fall.

September 16, 2010 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

JDaniel just brought leaves in with him last night. We need to do this craft today.

September 17, 2010 at 2:06 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

This looks like so much fun! What kid (or grown-up for that matter!) doesn't love making a mess. Thanks for linking up- sorry about the button- I can't figure out what's wrong with it.

September 23, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

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