As the seasons begin to change, Mother Nature offers up a beautiful selection of crisp and colourful leaves with which to do all sorts of arts and crafts. Ask your little ones to gather a packet full of leaves and, when the weather is a little unpredictable, sit them down and encourage them to get creative. To ensure minimal stains and smudges, use a water-based paint that can wash out with no hassle and, if you do happen to encounter a tough and burly stain, ensure that you are equipped with a laundry detergent that focuses on stain removal.
What you will need:
- Various fresh leaves
- Water-based paints
- Small paintbrush
- Old newspaper
- Sheets of Old newspaper
- An Old toothbrush
- Sheets of clean, white paper
What to do:
Leaf printing instructions
- Hold a leaf by its stem and paint on one side only;
- Lay the leaf (paint side down) on a sheet of paper;
- Cover the leaf with a sheet of old newspaper and gently rub;
- Remove the newspaper and leaf to reveal the leaf print;
- Use different leaves and colours to make a collage.
What to do:
Leaf stencilling instructions
- Lay out a selection of leaves onto a sheet of paper. Make sure that you leave gaps of paperbetween them;.
- Dip the old toothbrush into the paint. Hold the brush over the leaves and rub your thumb over the bristles so that the paint splatters over the leaves;.
- Keep adding more paint and rubbing until the paper and leaves are covered with colourful dots;!
- Carefully remove the leaves to reveal the works of art. If your little ones love using their hands to be creative, take a look at OMO’s library of kids’ activities and find a few that suit your needs.