Autumn leaves – glitter on natural leaves

 

 

Glittered leaves using real leaves
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You will need:
Real autumn leaves – large is better
Glue – I colour mine with paint
Sponges in pegs or paint brushes
Glitter – gold and red and glitter shakers
Tray to collect the excess glitter
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Method:
I set out glue and glue brushes and real autumn leaves. The children dabbed on coloured glue and sprinkled the leaves with green and gold glitter. The excess glitter was tipped off onto a flat tray. I did not write the children’s names as the leaves were attached to a group autumn tree.

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Notes:
Glitter is messy so work in an area that is easy to clean up
Supervise closely – children like to play with glitter and use plenty of it! And spread it everywhere!!
Having a few flat trays helps contain the glitter mess
Allow the children to create freely without being too prescriptive
Glitter shakers help with sprinkling the glitter
This is an excellent activity for the younger children but ration out the glitter to them in small cups

Once dry attach to a group Autumn tree trunk ( see previous blogs)

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Themes: Autumn, Trees and wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tree trunk for group collage – painting with a variety of brushes

 

 

 

Tree trunk – painted with a variety of brushes

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You will need:
Long piece of corrugated or brown cardboard
Brown paint – some mixed with white to lighten it and some with a splash of black to darken it
Brushes – large and small paint brushes including cheap house painting brushes, dishwashing brushes, toothbrushes and what ever you have
Flat paint containers
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Method:
I placed the long rectangle of corrugated cardboard on the table and invited the children to all paint the cardboard using a variety of brushes and tones of brown paint. Its best to place the paint in a flat container. The children loved painting and experimenting with a variety of brushes. Once the painting was complete and dry we used the cardboard to create the tree trunk and branches of a tree. Autumn leaves were added to tree (summer if its a summer theme)

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Notes:
This is an ideal activity for the younger children as the cardboard can withstand lots of paint
If you don’t have cardboard use A4 paper and join it together to create the branches and trunk
Newspaper is not ideal as it will get soggy and holey!
The cardboard soaks up quite a bit of paint so mix enough
Sawdust and wood shavings will be very effective. Add glue to the paint if using them

Themes: Autumn, Summer, Trees and wood, Brushes

CAPS Outcomes

Subject: Life Skills
Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Working in different formats and paper sizes and brushes of different sizes to work with increased detail
• Drawing and painting using the week’s topic
Variation of paper size and format: encourage working in different scales

Integration: Subject: Languages (Home)
Skill: Handwriting
• Develops small muscles and fine motor control skills
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn leaves – painting/printing

Autumn leaves – hand traced and sponge painted to be used for a group tree display

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You will need:
A4 white paper
Black koki pen or wax crayon
Red and yellow paint
Sponges in pegs or sponge dobbers

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To start off trace around each child’s hand using a koki pen or black wax crayon. You need a dark outline as the children will paint over the edges. Ask the child to spread their fingers apart and instead of creating a rounded finger tip make sharp points to create a hand-shaped leaf outline. Trace two hands on each page.DSCN7156

The children print the outline using the sponge dobbers or sponges in pegs. Encourage the children to print over the layers of colour to create orange. Continue until the outline is well covered with colour.

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Once the painting is dry, teacher cuts out the leaves. Some children may manage to do this but it is quite difficult for the children to cut on their own.

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Notes:
Some children chose to paint with the sponges rather than print which was still effective
Remind the children to print in the leaf shape
This activity works well with the younger age group but let them print the paper first and when dry trace their hands onto the painting and cut out
Display as a group tree collage
Some children chose to only use one colour
Some of the children chose to trace their own hands. Although they had rounded fingers, the leaves were still effective.

Complement the tree with glittered real leaves – see blogs – glittered autumn leaves and creating the tree trunk using a variety of brushes to paint with.

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Themes:
Autumn, Leaves, Colours, Trees and wood, Hands, Summer using greens instead of autumn colours, Fire – use the technique to create flames

CAPS Outcomes

Subject: Life Skills
Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
• Drawing and painting using the week’s topic
• Painting: use pre-mixed tempera paint or coloured inks or dyes in primary and secondary colours to respond to the week’s topic
• Simple printmaking techniques to create informal pattern
• Draw and give own interpretation to drawings using the week’s topic using wax crayon, oil pastels and other drawing media
• Art elements: informal experience and use of shape in drawing and painting

Subject: Languages (Home)
Skill: Handwriting
• Develops small muscles and fine motor control skills
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting

 

 

Roller painting using cardboard rollers

Roller painting using cardboard rollers

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Themes: Under the ground, shapes, colours, five senses, hands, the sea and water ( use as a water background), transport ( wheels and things that move). This technique can be adapted to be used with many themes buy changing the colour of the paint or the shape of the paper. Example: Autumn leaves cut from orange, yellow and red rolled paper.

You will need:

  • Firm cardboard rollers
  • Paper
  • Paint – 2 or 3 colours and white
  • Teaspoons

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The children really enjoyed this activity especially the boys. I did the activity with the 4-6 year olds but with a small group and supervision the 3-4 year olds would manage this activity too. This is an excellent gross motor painting activity strengthening the fingers at the same time, It is important that you use firm cardboard rolls otherwise they will flatten when you roll them and disintegrate with the paint wetting the cardboard.

I found it worked best to drop blobs of paint on the paper using the teaspoons.

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Then roll the cylinders through the paint adding more as you need.  DSCN4829

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Be aware of your children who are excessive with paint as they tend to make the paper very wet with too much paint. Initially I thought it would be effective for the children to roll the cylinders in paint on flat plates but it was clumsy, so I switched to dropping blobs of paint instead. We were creating paper to cut seaweed for an under water display so I chose to use greens, blues and I added white which created a lovely effect of light and dark colours.

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Seaweed display using the painted paper

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Using the paper for pretend sea with plastic dolphins

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Subject: Life Skills 
Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Drawing and painting using the week’s topic
• Painting: use pre-mixed tempera paint or coloured inks or dyes in primary and secondary colours to respond to the week’s topic
•  Simple printmaking techniques to create informal pattern
•  Use colour to create pattern

Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
•  Encourage development of skills through manipulation of the materials

Integration: Subject: Home language
Skill: Handwriting
• Uses a range of writing tools e.g. paint brushes, wax crayons etc.
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting

 

Under and over strip paper construction

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You will need:
Base paper
Strips of coloured paper about 1.5 cm wide and in varying lengths
Glue and glue brushes
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Process
I did this activity with the 4-6 year olds. I would not present this activity to the 3 year olds. Most of them were able to get the hang of it after some guidance. The end product was pleasing. Some children chose to use one colour only while others enjoyed changing the length of the strips.

I showed the children how to fold each end of the paper strip over, paste some glue to the one  folded section and then position the strip on the base paper. DSCN6233
More glue was attached to the other end and attached to the base paper creating an arch. I suggested the children hold the paper strip with their finger for a sort while to be sure its secured.
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The children continued adding strips going over and under the strips they had already pasted to the base paper.
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Once completed you need to dry the construction flat.

CAPS outcomes
Subjects, study areas, skills, content and integration
Life Skills   Study area: Creative arts

Create in 2D
• Variation of paper size and format: encourage working in different scales

Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
• Craft skills and techniques: cutting, pasting, tearing
• Create freely using a range of materials: paper strips
• Encourage development of skills through manipulation of the materials

Integration: Subject: Home language
Skill: Handwriting
•  Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printing and painting with pot scourers

Printing and painting with pot scourers with glitter

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Themes: My home, the five senses and hands. This would make a lovely background for a sky or water done in blues and whites. This technique can be used to colour a variety of shapes such as autumn colours on autumn leaf shapes, flower shapes, butterflies etc. The prints can be added to tree branches to make the tree top.

You will need: Paper, bright coloured thick ready mixed paint, pot scourers, flat plastic lids, glue and glitter. The scourer can be washed and reused. Dry well so they do not rust.

Age: This activity will work well with all the age ranges but I would recommend plastic scourers for the under two’s as they may put them into their mouths. The children enjoyed the unusual sensory experience and this activity attracted many boys to the activity!

I bought some inexpensive metal pot scourers which came in a set of 6. Plastic ones will be as effective.

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I used black paper which contrasted nicely with the bright paint colours I selected.

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I placed the paint on plastic ice-cream lids so it was easy to dip them into the paint.

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The children printed and ‘painted’ with the pot scourers. I encouraged them to rotate the scourers which created interesting circle patterns of paint. Some children chose to use the scourer to spread the paint creating an interesting paint effect. Others chose to create a border around the edge of the paper.

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Once the paintings had dried, we dipped the scourer into some glue and repeated the printing action to spread some glue onto the painting. The children sprinkled glitter onto the glue.

We ended up with beautiful paintings which were sparkly.
CAPS Outcomes

Subject: Life Skills 
Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.

Create in 2D
• Painting: use pre-mixed tempera paint or coloured inks or dyes in primary and secondary colours to respond to the week’s topic
• Simple printmaking techniques to create informal pattern
• Art elements: informal experience and use of shape in drawing and painting
• Use colour to create pattern

Subject: Languages (Home)
Skill: Handwriting
• Develops small muscles and fine motor control skills
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting

 

 

 

 

Printing and painting – with corrugated cardboard

Corrugated cardboard painting and printing

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Themes:
Books and paper, colours, dinosaurs and fish  (do the printing over a dinosaur/ fish shape or cut it into a dinosaur/fish shape when dry), recycling and caring for the environment by using used packaging material and shapes (cut into different shapes to print with) and hands.

You will need:
• Corrugated cardboard – thin ridges are more effective. Don’t make the pieces too big. They need to fit easily onto an A4 paper. I used some packaging cardboard  used to send a parcel. I was going to discard it.
• A 4 paper
• Paint – a few colours. Thick powder paint or ready mixed works best
• Paintbrushes
• Optional: Stapler if you want to attach the cardboard to the paper at the end

Process:
I cut the cardboard into smaller sizes to fit an A4 page with ease. The children painted the ridges of the cardboard (encourage this instead of painting in the ‘valleys’ or dips of the cardboard.) Using several colours gives a good end product.
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Once most of the cardboard was painted, the children carefully lifted the cardboard and placed it paint side down onto the paper.
Using the flat of their hands, the children rubbed the back of the cardboard firmly to make a print.
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They lifted the cardboard carefully and you have lovely multi coloured painting/print.
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The children repeated the print without adding more paint and placed the next print at an angle to the original print.
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More paint can be applied to the cardboard and more prints can be taken.
Once the printing was over I stapled the cardboard painting to the end of the print.
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We had so much fun creating these prints.

The children wanted to make several! Have fun.

CAPS outcomes
Subjects, study areas, skills, content and integration
Life Skills   Study area: Creative arts
Create in 2D
• Drawing and painting using the week’s topic

Create in 3D (constructing)
• Fine-motor and sensory co-ordination: (eye-hand-mind) manipulation of scissors and other tools and equipment.
• Encourage development of skills through manipulation of the materials
• Simple printmaking techniques to create informal pattern
Art extra’s
• Variation of paper size and format: encourage working in different scales
• Informal use of art elements shape and colour in drawing and painting in response to week’s topic

Integration: Subject: Home language
Skill: Handwriting
• Uses a range of writing tools e.g. paint brushes, wax crayons etc.
• Develops eye- hand co-ordination through play e.g. drawing and painting
• Develops fine motor control using scissors to cut on bold outlined pictures and shapes etc
• Develops small muscles skills through finger play, e.g. play dough