Fall! It's my favorite season!
I do this project every year with the kids and they always enjoy it. It's a great way to introduce the season and start the conversation of what happens in the fall.
This is one of those easy projects that can be done many different ways to suit different levels of kids as well as highlight different art techniques and ideals.
This time around I wanted the kids to mix their own colors, so I limited them to primary paint colors. We used sponges instead of brushes, just for something different. Feel free to mix it up and put your own spin on it!
You'll always need black paper, one piece for each, something to squirt the paint into, a rectangular piece of cardboard (heavy cardboard works best), white paint, and something bigger than your piece of cardboard to squirt the white paint to make the trees. I used a piece of foil because it was handy.
Most kids don't know what birch trees look like, so take a hike, grab a book, or use a computer to show them. They'll have a better understanding of what they're going to be making. Google Images is great for this!
Dip and drag.
Squirt white paint onto your foil that's just as long as your piece of cardboard. Then dip and drag onto your piece of paper to make the trunk of the tree.
Vance demonstrating the dipping...
and then the dragging.
Once the trunks have been made it's time for leaves.
I'm linking this fun project up to the following parties this week: