To celebrate Autumn, the younger children and I went to one of our favourite exploring spots for a rainbow leaf hunt. We also collected dry leaves to later paint and hang in the kitchen (we did this last year with maple leaves).
I love doing this sort of activity with the children because it has value and meaning. It’s not just about a craft to fill the time. No, it’s more than that. It’s about taking the time to notice around us (it’s Autumn and leaves are changing). It’s about exploring and spending time as a family. It’s about doing a mini project together that adds joy to the house we all live in. And I feel good about it…long after the paint dries.
Paint ( I used child-friendly acrylic paint)
Paint brushes (small brushes work best)
String (I use Divine Twine)
1. We looked for already dry leaves that were quite flat (ie. not too curled) to make painting easy.
2. Simple designs seem to work best, like lines and dots.
3. Allow to dry
4. The easiest way to hang the leaves, so they sit flat against the wall, is to thread string on to a large needle, and then starting from the unpainted side, thread the needle up through, and then back down again on the same leaf. Repeat until all the leaves are on the string. Hang and then space the leaves apart as desired!
How cute do these look!? I enjoy seeing the leaves in my kitchen everyday. They bring colour into the house as we celebrate nature in the home with good memories attached.
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