Rolling Pin Fall Leaf Painting

We’ve been having fun with rolling pin stamp painting since we first saw the adorable stamping activity from Thrive 360. Since we don’t get to witness fall leaves firsthand I thought Tinker might enjoy creating her own colorful fall leaves using this technique. And although she didn’t quite follow the directions she had fun and enjoyed the process. Here’s what we did.

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First we covered our work space with paper. Then we covered our rolling pin with cling wrap to make clean up easier. We worked together to place foam stickers all over the covered rolling pin. Smaller stickers tend to stay on best, but even the ones we had the peeled off at the edges stayed on for the painting activity.

Then we finally set out our paint. We used red and yellow, but you can use any combination off fall colors that you’d like.

Fall Art Activity for Preschoolers

Samantha recommends applying the paint with a foam brush to get the most clear stamp on the paper, but Tinker wanted no part of that. She preferred to roll the pin through the paint and see what happens. I say let your child decide which approach to use.

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Either way you come out some beautiful art work. Using two colors Tinker could easily see spots where the red and yellow were combining to make orange, and she loved it!

Rolling Pin Painting for Fall

When you’re finished you  can hang the art as is, use it to wrap a fall gift, or turn it into the leaves of a fall tree on an autumn display. Enjoy!

Extend the Learning with Literature

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro

Printable Leaf Theme Lesson Plans

Are you teaching a leaf-inspired theme soon?

Check out our leaf theme lesson plans. This printable pack is full of hands-on learning activities that include reading, math, science, fine motor activities, sensory play, and more. In addition to full-day and half-day lesson plans, the pack also includes book recommendations, idependent center options, and a skills checklist. You also get an I See Fall Leaves printable emergent reader, printable Leaf Numbers 1-30, and a Leaf Observation Recording Sheet to use during your leaf theme.

Leaves Lesson Plans for Preschool at Home

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  1. This looks like so much fun. I like letting my kids figure stuff out on their own. They have so much fun that way. Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot Blog Hop!

  2. Sam @ Thrive 360 Living says:

    Sooooo fun! I’m glad you had fun with it. We actually made our own rolling pin art again this week. We just love it. Thanks for the lovely mention too!

  3. What a great way to paint. I am featuring this on the Kids Co-op this week.

  4. Great idea! Love this- pinned it. Found your blog on Mom’s Library link party. Started following on Google +.


  5. That’s such a fun idea! My kids would love that. 🙂

  6. Ooh I really love this! And I could see my little twos class loving it, too!

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