Fall Foliage Painting with Corks

Toddler Craft: Fall Foliage Painting from Ready.Set.Grow!

Craft inspired by http://www.thepickyapple.com/blog/2011/10/13/autumn-cork-painting/

You’ll need:

  • Brown and blue construction paper (one sheet each color)
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Red, yellow, orange and green paint
  • Corks (varying circumferences)

 

 

Instructions:

  • Freehand a trunk and branches on a piece of brown construction paper

  • Cut out the tree form
  • Glue tree form to a blue piece of paper, centering so edges line up

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  • Create a paint palette with dollops of red, orange, yellow and green on any scrap piece of cardboard or card stock

  • Take corks and place one in each puddle of paint

  • Decorate the tree trunk with colorful leaves

  • Let painting lay flat until paint is dry
  • Hang and enjoy

Teachable moment: Explain the science behind leaves changing color!

Just like us, trees need to eat to grow. They make their own food using the sun and a green chemical called chlorophyll, so when they’re making and eating lots of food, the tree’s leaves are green. Green leaves mean the tree is growing, and most trees are eating and growing when the weather is sunny and warm. In the fall, when the weather gets cooler and the sun often hides behind clouds, the trees take a rest from making food. The green goes away because they’re not eating, so the leaves’ true colors are revealed: beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. How about other living things, such as animals – List a few and think of what they like to eat?

Happy Fall!

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