This colorful fall project is fun for ages 3 and up.
Some parents and teachers may not be comfortable allowing preschoolers
to work with oil pastels, they are messy.
You can substitute with regular crayons or
Crayola "Poster" Crayons (for bolder color).
For this project you will need:
- Leaves to look at and sketch
- Non-Toxic Oil Pastels or Crayola Poster Crayons
- Coloful Construction Paper
- Glue Stick
Begin by lightly sketching the outline of each leaf with pencil
on newspaper. Then, color in the leaf with non-toxic oil pastels
or for younger students (or less mess) use Crayola Poster Crayons.
Don't say I didn't warn you, oil pastels are beautiful but they are messy.
Make sure your students push up their sleeves and try not to drag their hands
through the pastels as they are coloring.
I like to keep baby wipes near by to clean up messy fingers.
The little "boogers" that form from the oil pastels need to be shaken into a trash can,
if they are allowed to travel onto laps, chairs, or the floor they can stain
and create messes on clothing and carpets.
I love the way the pastels blend and the text showing through
the newspaper adds interest to the leaves.
When the leaves are all done,
cut them out and carefully glue them onto
colored construction paper with a glue stick.
(Note: we laid our leaves face down on an extra sheet of newspaper
to apply the glue stick to the back of the leaf
so it wouldn't smudge the clean colored paper!)
The leaves can be left as is, or cut out again with a colorful border
to hang as a mobile, garland, or other decor.
What would you do with your colorful fall leaves?
Pink and Green Mama