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Leaf Printing and Stencilling

OMO’s Kids activities! Read through our creative painting activities to keep the little ones entertained. Try leaf printing and stencilling.

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

  1. Hold a leaf by its stem and paint on one side only;
  2. Lay the leaf (paint side down) on a sheet of paper;
  3. Cover the leaf with a sheet of old newspaper and gently rub;
  4. Remove the newspaper and leaf to reveal the leaf print;
  5. Use different leaves and colours to make a collage.

What to do:

Leaf stencilling instructions

  1. Lay out a selection of leaves onto a sheet of paper. Make sure that you leave gaps of paperbetween them;.
  2. 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;.
  3. Keep adding more paint and rubbing until the paper and leaves are covered with colourful dots;!
  4. 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.