Fork Painted Hedgehog Art Project for kids with an Autumnal twist! This easy and fun fall craft is perfect for kids at home or school
Kids love to try new things and painting with a folk is a great way to explore printing with every day objects. It’s particularly effective for adding spikes to the printable hedgehog template.
The Autumn twist is an optional element to craft, but is a fun way to expand the project and explore colour mixing.
Kids can use the hedgehog template to also explore leaf printing.
Expanding the Fall Art Project:
Before delving into the Hedgehog Fall Leaf Craft, encourage your Arty Crafty Kids to think about the process of mixing colours by asking a few questions…
- How much Red and Yellow do you need to make Orange?
- How do you make different tones of Orange (Yellow, Red, Green)?
- How do you make Brown?
- Can you make the same colour twice?
Kids will naturally adopt a process of trial and error to create their desired colours, and this simple process has many positive learning outcomes.
The Benefits of Colour Mixing:
Arty Crafty Kids will be mentally measuring and testing paint ratios to create new colours.
The process of working out ‘HOW’ to create a new colour and replicate the shades of the leaves they’ve collected is problem-solving in action.
Simply talking about their processes and finding appropriate words to describe their new colours helps develop vocabulary.
And all of these outcomes combined stimulate and enhance children’s imaginations and creativity!
Fork Painted Hedgehog Art Project
- White Card Stock
- Mixing Plate
Downloading the Hedgehog Template
Arty Crafty Kids members can access the Hedgehog Template here: https://www.artycraftykids.com/product/fall-hedgehog-art/
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Step by Step Tutorial:
Printing the Hedgehog Template
Download and print the Hedgehog Template from the Arty Crafty Kids members area.
The template can be downloaded onto good quality paper or card stock.
If you opt for cardstock, remember to check your printer settings for a recommended weight. Most printers prefer card stock less than 220gsm.
Paint the Head and Body
Step 1: Colour Mixing!
Add red to white to create a pink hue.
Using a paintbrush, paint the head and lower body area pink.
How to Paint with a Fork
Step 2: Select the first colour.
Place the back of a fork directly into the paint. Rock it back and forth for good coverage.
Remove the fork from the paint and pop/remove any bubbles or excess of paint from between the gaps.
Printing with a Fork
Step 3: Create the first print.
Rock the fork back and forth to create a complete and solid print.
Step 4: Use the template as a guide and print round the shape.
Arty Crafty Kids may need to reload their forks with every new print or create two or three prints with one application of paint.
Use one colour for each layer of the hedgehogs spikes or use different colours – it’s entirely up to Arty Crafty Kids.
Step 5: Repeat the above process with a second colour/shade.
Creating Autumn Shades
Step 6: Using just red, yellow and blue, how many Autumn colours can your Arty Crafty Kids make?
As the Arty Crafty Kids progress through the art project, encourage them to consider using lighter/darker shades to create contrast.
This is a simple way to explore colour.
Fork Painted Hedgehog Art Project
Step 7: Continue filling the hedgehog with fork prints until all the white space has been covered.
Forest Animal Crafts for Kids:
Autumn is a time when forest animals are on trend within the crafting world. Luckily, we have the topic well covered. Here are some of our most popular Forest Animal Crafts for Kids.
We also have a wide collection of Autumn themed worksheets and templates available within the Arty Crafty Kids members area!
Paper Plate Hedgehog
Little hands will be kept busy with all the sticking, gluing, cutting and painting involved, working on their fine motor skills while having funhttps://www.artycraftykids.com/craft/paper-plate-hedgehog-craft/
Toilet Paper Roll Fox
Make this adorable Toilet Paper Roll Fox Craft with the kids today with materials you’re likely to already have in the recycling bin and craft box.https://www.artycraftykids.com/craft/toilet-paper-roll-fox-craft/
Bobble Handprint Owl
A super cute and interactive paper Autumn craft that kids will love! With its wobbly handprint wings, the craft doubles up as a gorgeous seasonal keepsake.https://www.artycraftykids.com/craft/bobble-handprint-owl-craft/