Leaf-rubbing Autumn-leaf-printing

Autumn leaf printing: autumn art ideas

Autumn-leaf-printingWhat you need:

  • collection of leaves- not too dry or they are too brittle. I picked an hour or so before the session
  • ready mix paints in autumnal colours- we used gold too.
  • paint brushes
  • paper
  • paint pots
  • aprons

How to produce your autumn leaf prints:

Paint the leaves, then turn onto the paper, press down and reveal your leaf!


Rowan got stuck in before I could put an apron on!

Autumn leaf painting

Autumn-leaf-paintingWhat you need:

  • collection of leaves- not too dry or they are too brittle. I picked an hour or so before the session
  • ready mix paints in autumnal colours- we used gold too.
  • paint brushes
  • paper
  • PVA glue and spreaders
  • paint pots
  • aprons

 

We just painted the leaves and stuck them on paper to make a collage. You could make a group collage and paint a tree outline on first.

Rowan got stuck in before I could put an apron on!


 

cotton pad sheep

Make a cotton pad sheep badge

cotton pad sheepWhat you need:

  • cotton pads
  • black card
  • needle and white cotton
  • wiggle eyes (or eye stickers if worried about choking hazards)
  • safety pins
  • glue sticks
  • scissors

Preparation:

  • sew the safety pins onto the cotton pads
  • cut out black faces and legs (older children could do this themselves).

    Rowan wearing his sheep badge

Back of badge

make-a-party-hat

Make a party hat

make-a-party-hat

Made by my 2 year old, but modelled by Sam!

This are a bit different, but are easy to do and require little preparation.

What you need:

  • thin card or sugar paper
  • sellotape
  • stapler and staples
  • glue
  • scissors
  • bits to stick on. This one has fabric scrapes and shredded paper, but you can use what ever you like.

Preparation:

Complete pictures 1 and 2 (see below).

How to make your party hat (it’s easy to make, but difficult to explain!):

  • fold the paper in half long ways
  • cut about 3/4 of the way along the paper, starting at the folded edge (see picture 1). Do this all the way along.
  • with the strip still unfolded, slide the top half up and scellotape in place (see picture 2)
  • turn the strip into a headband, with the scellotape on the inside.
  • decorate

Picture 2

Picture 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


firework blow painting

Firework night painting idea

Thfirework blow paintingis is one of those activities where the process of the painting is better than the result! I took the photo while the painting was wet. When the paints dried, the colours faded quite a bit. Still, the children really enjoyed it (and a fair bit of dribble ended up on their final masterpieces!)

What you need:

  • black paper
  • ready mix paints in bright firework colours
  • drinking straws
  • spoons

How to paint your picture:

You need to experiment with the paints. If they are good quality, thick paints, you may need to add some water- not too much, or the colours will be too weak. We spooned the paint onto the picture, then blew down the straw to make the paints run.

Autumn fingerprint painting

Autumn tree finger print painting

autumn tree paintingAutumn fingerprint paintingYou could either do individual paintings, or create an autumn forest.

The first picture was the example we did in the toddler group- photocopied A4 tree, then used finger paints. The second I did with my children at home. We used normal ready made paints for the leaves.

What you need:

  • brown, orange, red, yellow and green ready mix paint
  • paint trays
  • brushes for those who want to paint their own trunk
  • sugar paper- I used a roll of old wall paper

Preparation:

  • I painted a tree outline first, but older ones may be able to do this themselves.

How to create your picture:

The children used their fingers to decorate the tree with autumnal colours. They really enjoyed this.

handprint hedgehog

Handprint hedgehogs: painting with babies

handprint hedgehog

Handprint hedgehog with black paper body

I tried this using 2 methods. One, using the child’s hand to create a black body, the other, using black paper. Personally, I thought the black paper version worked a little better.

What you need:

  • sugar paper ( I used old wall paper)
  • black paper (if using this for the body) and glue
  • shades of black and brown paint
  • pots and paint brushed

Preparation:

  • Cut out black paper bodies if you want

Very messy, but very popular!

handprint hedgehog

Handprint hedgehog with handprint body



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