Splatter Paint Leaves for Preschoolers
Splatter painting to create leaves is a perfect fall art project for preschoolers.
The fall season is upon us, and preschoolers are the first to notice the beautiful changes happening around us. Fall is a fun time for our little learners, from the color changes on the trees to the crunching of leaves on the ground.
Splatter painting with leaves is an activity that allows preschoolers to explore art in a new capacity and gives preschoolers the chance to watch what happens when you mix water and paint. It also allows preschoolers to experience a new type of painting focusing more on the process than the product. This is a great activity to include during a Fall Leaves and Trees theme. It's so neat to see how no two paintings will look the same, like the leaves we see outside. Below we demonstrate how to do this project with your kiddos!
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You Will Need:
Teacher Tip: We highly recommend using card stock due to its durability, especially when water is involved. In this project, we used fabric leaves of many different shapes and sizes, but you could take your preschoolers on a nature hunt to find different-sized leaves that are more sturdy (save those awesome crunchy leaves for the sensory bin or other fun crafts)
Begin by arranging the leaves on the paper. Allow preschoolers to arrange the amount of leaves on the paper, they can choose one or however many they can fit!
After arranging the leaves on your paper, work with your preschoolers to
measure and mix equal amounts of paint and water. This is a great way to explain the importance of measuring to preschoolers and pour the mixture into the spray bottles.
*Teacher Tip: You can use any spray bottle that you already have in your classrooms, we grabbed these little ones that do more of a spritz, but any spray bottle will work!
Preschoolers can begin spraying one color at a time, or have them work with a partner to spray the different colors simultaneously. For an extension to this activity, have preschoolers try both approaches and see how they turn out!
Once preschoolers have finished spraying the leaves, slowly lift the leaves from the paper and allow ample drying time.
Once they are dry, hang and display around your classrooms! They make the perfect addition to your fall decor.
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