Thursday, October 09, 2014

Watercolor Leaf Craft & Story Tutorial

:: Watercolor Leaf Craft & Story Tutorial :: 

I had a request to post this craft and give a little explanation. It is an autumn favorite in our home and the girls look forward to it every year. It is a craft that requires you to get elbow deep in mess if you have little ones but the finished product is just beautiful. 




Supplies:

Liquid Watercolors in brown, yellow, red, orange, and green. I like these.
Fabulous Fall Leaf cutouts. They can be found here
eyedroppers 
cookie sheets ( to cut down on spills and mess)
cookie cooling rack to dry the leaves

I usually pour a little of each color in small bowls and allow the girls to use the eyedroppers to drop tiny spots of watercolor on the leaf. It will absorb quickly so only a little is needed for each. Then let them dry and the color is amazing when dry. I don't have any pictures of the actual crafting because I had to be ready for spills and help. 

I usually try to find a storybook to accompany each craft we do because I feel like it really ties the whole time together well. I picked Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Elhert. She is one of my favorite children's authors. Her books are easy enough for our oldest to read along and so colorful that my 3 year old stays engaged. Not to mention there is always some science or non-fiction writing at the end. 


Once they dry, we hand them up on the sliding door and the light really makes them pop! 







Below is our fall sensory bin. Just fill a 5 qt. shoebox size plastic bin with dried black eyed peas, foam leaves, acorns, sticks, small pumpkins or gourds and some measuring spoons. It is a big hit. 





Happy Autumn! And if you would like to link up and share your own fall projects below in the comment section. Feel free, I would love to see what everyone else is doing! 


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