Wednesday, September 28, 2011

* Colorful Fall Leaves With Oil Pastel On Newspaper

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
  • Pencil
  • Non-Toxic Oil Pastels or Crayola Poster Crayons
  • Newspaper
  • Coloful Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • 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.

Important Note: 
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

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