This vibrant activity is a great one for a family or preschool group - participants of all ages can work together to create the leaves which an older child or adult can then cut out and put together to form a tree
- A paper bag (large - grocery sized)
- Large Sheet of White Card (or paper stuck onto card)
- PAint Brushes, sponges etc
- Paint (in Autumn Colors)
- White Paper
- Using red, orange, yellow and brown paint; paint several sheets of white paper. The more interesting the texture, the better: experiment with using sponges, paint rollers, finger painting, marbling etc
- Cut out leaf shapes from the painted paper
- Cut out one side of the paper bag forming a large rectangle. Now cut 4 lines about 2 inches deep into the paper bag. Now twist each of these 4 lines taking care not to break them off of the rest of the bag - you are forming the branches of the tree. Now twist the rest of the bag - forming the trunk of the tree.
- Glue the tree to the large sheet of card arranging the branches into a loose tree shape
- Glue the leaves around the branches. Place a little glue on the base of the leaf only and then attach, leaving the rest of the leaf free. By folding the leaf slightly and overlapping leaves, you can get a great 3D effect.
- You could adapt this project by making leaves by doing crayon rubbings of real leaves....