Festive Fall Tree Painting
So this one is super easy. Easy set up, easy clean up, easy fun! We wanted to make some fall decorations, and one of our favorite elements of fall is the foliage. Watching the leaves turn bright reds and yellows and oranges, and anticipating the day that the first leaf drifts to the ground, so exciting! And the best part, leaf piles!!!
This is what you will need: large card stock or poster paper, tempera paint, q-tips, 1 medium sized paint brush, paper plate and newspapers.
Lay out some newspaper on your work surface, and pour some red, yellow, green, orange and brown paint onto the paper plate. I did little dabs of color, 2-3 of each color. This way, we can mix as we go to create different shades of reds, yellows, oranges and greens. Brilliant!
With your medium paint brush, paint a tree trunk and branches, all the way out to the edges of the paper. Next, you may want to go outside while the brown tree trunk is drying a bit. Check out the leaves on the trees in your neighborhood. What colors are they turning? Is there a lot of one color? Are they falling yet? We did ours in September, so we called it our "September Tree". In September where we live, the trees are still mostly green.
Next, start dipping and painting! Our pumpkin was super excited to paint with q-tips, I showed her how to dot and twirl the q-tip, and mixing colors was the best part! I worked on one side, while she worked on the other. We talked about what we saw outside, and how we could make our tree look like the September Trees outside.
We didn't exactly work at the same pace, but we didn't mind. And unfortunately, we got "distracted" after about 15 minutes, so we stopped and put it aside. Later, when daddy got home from work, I asked her if she could show daddy how to do it, so that we could all finish it together. Yea!!! We had it covered in no time. Hey, whatever gets the job done, am I right?
My plan is to make another tree every month or two. Then, we can compare them and talk about how they are different, and why the changes are happening. It's a great teachable opportunity, we can talk about weather, seasons, chlorophyll and carotenoids! I look forward to seeing your October and November Trees!
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