The poor weather in our area may have ruined our chances of finding brilliant autumn color outdoors, but it certainly could not dampen our attempts to recreate the beautiful colored leaves indoors. We borrowed the idea of painting our own leaves from this blog: http://lovelydesign.blogspot.com/
Hers are perhaps far more realistic, but we like ours just fine too! :)
To make your own, collect leaves from outside (or use a leaf cutout/stencil/cookie cutter/etc.) and trace the shapes onto thick paper. Cut these out and let your kids smother them with paint - reds, yellows, orange (just mix your red and yellow together), etc. Don't forget to paint both sides. Once the leaves are dry, hot glue them onto a real branch and display in your home!
Leaf rubbings are fun and one of those classic fall activities. I decided to try something a little different with my daughter this year and we made some using only black and white colors. I love the way they turned out - great contrast! Tip: if your white crayon rubbing does not show up as well on the black paper, use your white crayon to trace over some of the lines that are more visible after you have done the initial leaf rubbing.
BTW - If you would like a simple explanation of why leaves change color, this site gives a great one:
http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html. I am thinking we will go into more depth regarding this next year!
What is almost as deliciously wonderful as Autumn? FREE printable packs! We used some of the activities in this pack for our Fall/Autumn theme. Here is the link for all those interested:
Below are some Fall/Autumn book ideas!
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