Monday, October 17, 2011

* Easy Fall Kid Craft: Sandpaper and Crayon Leaves

Good morning and happy Monday everyone! 
It's cloudy and cool here this morning,
but we had some beautiful October weather all weekend. 
Now if we could just get over our fall cold's we could really have some fun!

We're sniffling and hacking but we're still crafting!

The girls and I decided to make some sandpaper leaves 
to decorate the playroom windows. 
(Pardon their Pajamas in the photos, that's how we roll around here.)

This project is great for preschoolers (ages 2-3) on up!

You will need: 
crayons, sandpaper, and scissors 
(if you want to cut them out like we did.)

We started out by looking at leaf shapes (collected from our yard)
and drawing the outlines in black and dark blue crayon 
on some half and quarter sheets of sandpaper from the Dollar Tree.

Then, we sat down and started coloring the leaves in with crayons
on the sandpaper. The girls really liked how vibrant the colors are on sandpaper.
Coloring on sandpaper is also a great way to sharpen your crayons!

Leaves in progress...

Happy Rainbow Leaves!

Finished leaves cut out and ready to hang in the playroom window!

You can take this project a step further and put your sandpaper and crayon leaves
face down on a t-shirt or piece of paper and iron it to make a melted crayon print!
Alpha Mom blog has a great tutorial here if you want to try making a crayon printed shirt!

We decided to "leave" ours alone, the girls didn't want the colors to run,
I may try one later.  ; )

Happy Fall Crafting! 

Pink and Green Mama


Liberty said...

These are lovely! I am certain my daughter will really enjoy this activity. As always... love your blog of ideas & inspiration! Thanks :)

Once a small seed said...

Very Nice! I have a question for you. Where and how do you display all your projects? How do you decide what to keep?

Deanna said...

LOVE! Will be doing this with the kids this week!

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

We had sand paper prints on our huge list of things to do! We've made flower sand prints, but probably C doesn't even remember! These look really cool and what a fun texture to color on! Thanks for sharing!

Heather @ Life, Gluten Free said...

Those are beautiful! I am pinning this and we are going to try it soon!

Suzy I said...

Tried this today. My preschoolers loved it!! I enjoyed blending the crayon colors on the sandpaper (they blended so nicely on there!) We even used the transfer technique to make a tshirt for my 3 year old. Thanks for the great idea!!

teachertam said...

What wonderful ideas! I really LOVE your sensory boxes!
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Kids Board Games said...

The sandpaper leaves reminds me of autumn and spring.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I love these- one question: do I need to use special scissors? Does the sandpaper damage the scissors? Thanks!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

We just used our kid craft scissors and I didn't notice any damage. I wouldn't use your best scrapbooking/paper scissors or fabric scissors for a project like this! : )

There will be a bit of sandy residue after - just sweep it up.


pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ One Small Seed -

Check my archives with the key word "displaying children's art work" to see our mini wall gallery at home.

We also save some special pieces in the girl's accordian-style portfolios - they each have one for each year of school.

We also send some to grandparents, great grandmas, using some in collage and recycling the rest!


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