Pick up leaves off the ground with your kids and then create animal art with them. You can teach them about different types of leaves and trees and why leaves fall to the ground.
All you need is some paper and paint and then you can start creating interesting looking art.
This is a perfect project for younger children. You can use the lid of a cake pan to hold the paint (acrylics in a variety of colors). The children are free to add colors as they liked...just a bit, spread around as well.
leaf paint tray
The results of the mixed colors are striking.
leaf printing 4
Then transfer the leaf to the paper. The children really need to press down all around the leaf...making sure to press all the way to the corners. It takes a minute or two for small hands to be able to do this. Carefully lift the leaf off the paper.
* Each one comes out so differently, despite using the same leaf over and over.