Fall colors are perfect for mixing! In this Color Mixing Fall Tree Craft for Kids we use some of our favorite process art painting techniques to experiment with color mixing and turn it into a beautiful fall tree craft. This fall art project is great for kids of all ages, especially toddlers and preschoolers.
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Color Mixing Fall Tree Craft for Kids
See our little artists in action as they make their own fall tree crafts. Then read on for the step-by-step tutorial.
Materials for this Fall Art Project
- Canvas of your choice (we used white cardstock)
- Tempera paint in fall colors
- Clothespin with pom pom attached
For this fall tree craft we used two of our favorite techniques, painting with poms poms and loofah stamp painting. Prior to doing any craft type project with these techniques I highly recommend giving kids time to experiment with them in a strictly process art approach. Simply set out the materials and paint and let kids create. They’ll find out which strategies work best and get time to see what kinds of designs they can make.
Time to Create Your Own Fall Tree Art
For our color mixing fall tree art we started by using the loofah to stamp paint the “leaves”. If you are working with toddlers you may not want to put the brown paint out yet. We had red, yellow and orange paint out, but if I was doing this again I would have only used red and yellow so that kids could really see the impact of the color mixing.
Once kids have stamped their leaves give them the pom pom paintbrush and invite them to add the trunk to their trees.
If kids painted the whole page of cardstock during the first step…and some will!…then you can give them a smaller rectangle to paint brown and then attach it to the original sheet (trimming the edges to make it look more like a tree shape if desired)
Leave the trees to dry and your Color Mixing Fall Tree Craft for Kids is beautiful as is!
If you’d like to add a little more detail you can glue on some acorns or draw in some grass at the bottom. Older kids might like to take a Sharpie to add details like tree branches or bird sitting in the tree.
For more fall fun visit our fall theme resource pages. They are full of activity ideas, printables, videos, and more for teaching your fall themes.
Pumpkin resource page coming soon too!
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