After we experimented with our first bleeding tissue paper art, I knew Lovey was excited to try it again with different colors. Tinker also wanted to participate, so I set up another invitation to create while we were still home sick. Using fall colors the girls created beautiful art. We used the finished products to make fall tree crafts.
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I set the same basic invitation up for Lovey using large pieces of tissue paper that she could tear herself.
Tinker was still very sick, and I knew she wouldn’t have the patience or energy to tear all of the paper. Instead I precut her paper into smaller squares that she could just lay on the paper. This did eliminate some of the fine motor practice.
- Bleeding Art Tissue-Regular tissue paper will not work. The package must say “bleeding art tissue.” We used red, yellow, and orange for this craft.
- Watercolor Paper
- Spray bottle filled with water
- Work surface-We used cardboard.
- Small piece of cardboard to create each trunk
Please be sure to visit the original tutorial from Bloom Bake Create for some great tips and additional details.
Right away Lovey got started tearing and decorating.
Tinker loves to use the spray bottle, so she was delighted with this step!
I mentioned in our initial tissue paper art post that we patted down the wet tissue paper with bare hands. There was a bit of a stain for the rest of the day. Lovey didn’t feel like getting messy again, so this time we place a piece of wax paper over top of the tissue paper before patting it down. It protected her hands for the most part as long as we didn’t press down for too long saturating the wax paper. You could also experiment with other barriers if you have an anti-mess kid like me.
We took a break and waited for the tissue paper to dry.
One of the best parts of this activity is seeing the girls’ faces each time they remove the dried bits of paper to show the beautiful colors underneath. After we admired the details of each masterpiece we trimmed the edges of the paper to make it look like the top of a tree.
I cut a trunk out of a scrap piece of cardboard. Then the girls used forks to create a textured bark look like we did in our T is for Tree Letter Craft. Tinker especially loved this part of the activity, but I did supervise her closely to make sure she didn’t poke herself.
Aren’t they gorgeous? The finished fall tree crafts makes a bright fall decoration for our playroom. Check back tomorrow to see one more craft we made using the bleeding tissue paper technique.
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This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet Matching Tree Activity
2) Colorful Trees Sorting Mats
3) Tree Color Word Building Mats
4) Tree Addition Game
5) Tree Beginning Sound Sort (for sounds /t/, /r/, and short /e/)
6) Tree Dice Game
7) Uppercase Tree Alphabet Cards
8) Lowercase Fruits, Seeds, and Flowers Alphabet Cards
9) 0-35 Tree Number Cards
10) Shape Cards (for hands-on shape activities)
11) Tree Word Family Sort (for -an, -op, -it, and -ug)