Friday, September 30, 2011

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Leaf Prints--Fall Preschool Craft

 Whether you live in a climate where leaves change colors, or not, this is a great time of year to learn more about leaves!  

To make the leaf prints, let your child paint the back side of a leaf with her choice of color(s).  Tempera paints work very well.  Then, let her press the leaf on a paper like a stamp.  Feel free to point out the veins that carry water and nutrients to and from the leaves.  Let your child follow the path the veins make on the leaf.

The prints can be used to decorate the front of a card or as their own masterpieces.
Any time your child uses paint, encourage her to experiment with mixing the colors.  Ask her what she sees when she mixes them.  And if she wants to finish her painting without leaves, let her creative genius flow!