Monthly Archives: May 2015

Autumn leaves – glitter on natural leaves



Glittered leaves using real leaves

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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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.



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)

Themes: Autumn, Trees and wood








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




Tree trunk – painted with a variety of brushes


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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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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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


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.




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.



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.

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