Kindergarten Readiness – Magic Fall Colors

While waiting for leaves to dry, here is a project that uses paper. Trace a leaf shape onto a plain white paper and cut it out. Tricky shapes need adult hands to cut, simple leaf shapes should be ok for kids’ hands. On a piece of newspaper color the leaf with fall colors of felts or markers. Put some water in a spray bottle and lightly spray water onto the paper leaves. The marker colors mix and blend together. When dry the paper leaves almost look like real ones, with the colors all swirly and the paper crinkly. Instead of markers, a few drops of food coloring mixed in water and painted on with a q-tip work, also Lots of fun on a rainy fall day and kids feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in their work! That’s magic, too, and helps children prepare for kindergarten.


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