Autumn Leaf Painting

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Ideas for Kids | Autumn Leaf Painting - exploring basic colour-mixing principles to create Autumn shades and hues #autumnart #artforkids #kidsart

This gorgeous Autumn Leaf Painting project is an exploration of basic colour-mixing principles, with the aim to recreate the Autumn hues and shades as observed by Arty Crafty Kids.

Throughout the process, encourage your Arty Crafty Kids to mix their own colours and describe what happens when the colours mix.

Ask 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:

  • Mathematical Thinking  – Arty Crafty Kids will be mentally measuring and testing paint ratios to create new colours
  • Problem Solving – 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.
  • Language – 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!

Autumn Leaf Painting: Materials 

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Stock Card / Mixed Media Paper
Paint – Primary Colours
Sponge
A Gorgeous Collection of Leaves

Autumn Leaf Painting: Tutorial and Video 

Check out our nifty video to see the Autumn Leaf Painting project in action!

 

 

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Step 1. Head outside and gather as many leaves as possible.

Variety is key here, so have a good rummage and find different shapes, sizes and colours!

Once your Arty Crafty Kids have a bag or two filled with leaves, start painting!

Using three separate plates, place one of the primary colours on each (Red, Yellow & Blue).  This will allow plenty of room for colour-mixing and painting!

For reference, take a look at our basic colour-mixing chart:

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And begin mixing colours.

Sponge painting around the leaves may take a little practice, especially for smaller hands, but there’s no rush and the process is all about playing and exploring.

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Step 2. Moving on from the play to create a complete piece of leaf art is very easy to do.

Position a number of leaves of different sizes and shapes on top of the canvas.

One by one, begin sponge painting around each leaf, adding different colours and tones as you work around the leaf.

Once complete, gently peel the leaf away to reveal the silhouette.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Ideas for Kids | Autumn Leaf Painting - exploring basic colour-mixing principles to create Autumn shades and hues #autumnart #artforkids #kidsart

Step 3. Repeat the above process until the canvas is full of leafy silhouettes.

Once complete, begin filling in the remaining negative space with more Autumn colours, layering the paint to create additional depth and texture.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Ideas for Kids | Autumn Leaf Painting - exploring basic colour-mixing principles to create Autumn shades and hues #autumnart #artforkids #kidsart

Step 4.  Next, add a leaf print within some of the silhouettes. 

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This is a really fun way to play with negative and positive space. In art terms, negative space is the surrounding area of a point of interest. In this instance, our leaves.

The notion of positive and negative space is naturally explored in this project and one your Arty Crafty Kids will consider without knowing the official terminology or theory – they’ll be too busy doing!

The Autumn Leaf Painting is now Complete

For more Autumn inspired Art’s and Crafts, take a look at our Autumn Handprint Tree, Accordion Leaf Autumn Tree and Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree.

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Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colourful nature art with rocks.

Kandinsky’s Squares with Concentric Circles is perhaps his most recognisable work and is commonly used by teachers as an introduction into the topic ‘famous artists’. You might be surprised to learn that this piece was never a fully-fledged painting and was used by Kandinsky as a type of colour chart for his work. As we all know, children certainly know how to mix colours (especially when it comes to brown tones) and this simple Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art project is a fun way for children to explore colour combinations, with an opportunity to use natural materials as their canvas.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colouful nature art with rocks.

As well as creating a piece of abstract art inspired by a famous artist, these rocks present endless creative play possibilities. Kids can use them as colour charts; to create patterns and mandala art; they could be offered as gifts to friends and family or simply left on the beach as a gift to a stranger.

Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art: supplies and tutorial

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Smooth round rocks
Acrylic Paint
Varnish or Modpodge Sealer 

To begin, arm the kids with their buckets and take a trip to a nearby beach (or anywhere else that may have rocks) and collect as many smooth round rocks as your kids can carry.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colourful nature art with rocks.

Next, thoroughly wash the rocks and leave them to dry.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colourful nature art with rocks.

Cover the surface with a base layer of white acrylic paint and leave it dry.

Once the base layer has dried, add the circles.

“Everything starts with a dot” – Wassily Kandinsky

Start with a large dot in the middle and then add multiple surrounding circles, encouraging the kids to use the full colour palette.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colouful nature art with rocks.

Once the rocks have dried, add a light layer of varnish over each. This will preserve the paint and add a gorgeous glean.

Next it’s play time!

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colouful nature art with rocks.

Your Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art is now Finished

For more easy art ideas to try with the kids, take a look at our super fun bubble wrap printing technique and unique watercolour yarn art process!

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colouful nature art with rocks.

Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree

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I am really excited to be sharing our Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree activity with you today.

It strikes me as funny that this activity evolved from girls balancing pebbles at the dinner table rather than eating their meal!

Sometimes you just to have to go with the flow and actually, while they were playing there was some serious learning going on.

The aim of the game is the stack all the pebbles, fill the “branches” with sequin baubles and finish off by balancing a pom-pom on top.

It’s trickier than it looks!

Through play, they were developing reasoning and fine motor skills. Hand and eye-coordination, as well as problem solving skills.

All applied using a little creativity, with a pinch of patience and determination – as there was a lot of trial and error involved!

This is one those activities, we’ll be bagging up and taking it out and about with us. It’s a great to keep the kids entertained with something fun, but I have to warn you…

You will find yourself having a go or two yourself!

MATERIALS: Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Activity Christmas Tree 

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Pebbles
Acrylic Paint
Sequins or Buttons
Pom-pom

DIRECTIONS: Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Activity Christmas Tree

Start with a trip to the local beach.

Have a play and search for flat smooth pebbles of various sizes and when you get home, either leave them as they are or paint the pebbles using some acrylic paint.

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

Lay the pebbles out, along with sequins and pom-pom.

At this point, I left my three old to play without any instruction.

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

She quickly worked out that she needed to start with the biggest pebble and work her way up.

Shape was also important and cakes adjusted the positioning of each stone to find the best fit.

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

The sequins add to the fine motor development and enhance the challenge!

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

The pom-pom is the trickiest element and I can assure you, the pebbles all came crashing down time and time again.

But that’s ok, because ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again!’

Arty Crafty Kids | Play | Fine Motor Pebble Stacking Christmas Tree | This pebble stacking fine motor Chrismas Tree activity is an awesome challenging game that encourages problem solving, hand eye-cordinaton and fine motor skills!

It’s a game of perseverance and as you can see, Cakes had so much building her Christmas Tree.

It’s amazing that such a simple game can have so many developmental benefits and it can be varied in a number of ways. For example Emma at Adventures of Adam adds a colour sorting element with her rainbow pebbles – perfect for colour recognition!

I hope your kiddies enjoy our fine motor pebble stacking Christmas tree and if you a need a reason to visit the local peach or park, then here’s a good one!

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Pinecone Painting Kids Nature Art Project

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Today we didn’t set out to do pinecone painting.

Today was one those days, where all the kids were ill, fed up with being stuck inside and desperate to do something, but too poorly to do anything.

In my wisdom, I thought it might be fun to turn our stash of pinecones into elves.

As you can see, that didn’t work out.

Instead, we ended up with something much better.

As the pinecones didn’t have to be anything other than pinecones.

The kids loved painting them. Playing with the colours and exploring their textures and shapes through the process.


Pinecone Painting Kids Nature Art Project 

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So when the kids are out and about, collecting twigs, leaves and pinecones.

It’s handy to have a nature stash, for “just because” days or “one of those” types of days.

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All you need to do is give the kids some paint, along with their bag(s) of natural treasure and they’re away.

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And while pinecone painting is a simple idea, it’s entirely child-led.

Kids are free to explore, experiment, play and create without it ever having to be anything.

The pressure is off!

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They’re free to immerse themselves and enjoy the process.

My preschooler progressed from using a paintbrush to simply rolling the pinecones in the paint, which of course was great fun!

I’m sure we’ll get back to trying to turn pinecones into elves, but for now, it’s about enjoying a little pinecone painting.

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Acorn Necklaces Kids Nature Craft

First of all, don’t be afraid. This nature craft does involve glitter (and lots of it) and guess what?

It doesn’t have to end up embedded in the carpets, over the furniture or stuck to the babies scalp (this may have happened on more than one occasion).

It can be controlled and I am going to show you how to embrace the sparkles.

Because, let’s face it, these adorable acorn necklaces is one kids nature craft you don’t want to miss!

It all starts with a wonderful nature walk. A play and a rustle in the leaves. A scavenger hunt that includes a pocket full of acorns.

You return home, make a cuppa and get started…here’s what you need!

MATERIALS: Acorn Necklaces Kids Nature Craft 

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Acorns and their Caps
Glitter Sprinkle Bottles (US Link / UK Link)
Split Rings (US Link / UK Link)
Lobster Clasp (US Link / UK Link)
Yarn or Cord
Hot Glue Gun (US Link / UK Link)
PVA Glue
Bowl
Plate
A pair of Pliers (for the Split Rings)
Scissors


Let’s Make it! 

Are you ready?

PART ONE: Acorn Necklaces 

This is the kids bit and probably the scary bit, as they’re about to be let loose with the glitter!

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To start, smother the acorn with PVA Glue and then place it into a plastic bowl.

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Using shaker bottles, cover the acorns with a gorgeous sparkly glitter coating.

Shaker bottles, for me, make crafting with glitter possible. Kids are able to control the flow of the glitter and for this craft, the glitter flakes are slightly larger than usual and seem to stick to the surface without leaving a sparkly trail.

With the addition of the bowl, my preschooler was more than happy to apply the glitter within the boundaries and of course, this kept the glitter under control!

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Once the acorns are covered with glitter, leave them to dry!

PART TWO: Acorn Necklaces 
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While your crafty kid is busy with the sparkles, stick a split ring to the top of the acorn cap using a hot glue gun.

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Once the glue has dried (this will happen very quickly), thread the yarn or cord through the single split ring and attach two more to each end  of the thread, along with a single lobster clasp.

TIP: You may need to use the a pair of pliers to close the split rings! 

If you would prefer not to use split rings and a lobster clasp, simply use a longer piece of thread and secure the ends with a knot.

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Pop the acorns into the acorn cap and that’s it!

Your kids should now be able to adorn themselves with their gorgeous acorn necklaces.

What I love about this kids nature craft, is that it is one to do alongside your kid and I for one relish the opportunity to work together on projects, although my kids wouldn’t let me near the glitter!

While I would love to claim this wonderful idea as entirely my own, our acorn necklaces were inspired by Rhythms of Play’s gorgeous acorn marble necklaces and I encourage you to check them out and have a good look around Nell’s inspiring blog.

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Leaf Chalk Art

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Leaf Chalk Art is an incredibly simple art activity for kids and a super way to extend those autumnal nature walks, where the kids inevitably return with an arm full of gorgeous yellow, orange and red leaves.

I love this activity on many levels. For one, it kept my kids entertained for an entire afternoon. They adored creating different patterns and playing with the colours. They paid special attention to the natural structure of leaves, incorporating the natural lines ( more often than not without even realising it) and shapes into their creativity.

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To get started, all you need are leaves and chalk markers UK Link/ US Link or paint. It couldn’t be easier!

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And of course willing kids who are happy to experiment and create!

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My kids can’t wait to introduce their best friends to Leaf Chalk Art and I can foresee this being an activity we return to time and time again. I hope your kids enjoy this art idea for kids as much as mine.

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Magical Stick Wands

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With a small amount of prep the day before, we devised the perfect craft for Angel to do with her best friend during their play date. The girls had a blast from start to finish and the play inspired by the Magical Stick Wands was AMAZING. The girls couldn’t stop laughing. They were wizards, fairies, magical princesses and I was turned into everything from a frog to a broom!

In fact, the girls laughed and played so much, I gave up trying to take a picture of them. So I apologise now for the absence of action shots, the play took over…

Magical Stick Wands: Materials

Sticks
Chalkola Chalk Markers (UK Link/ US Link)
Black Paint ( the chalk markers could be replaced with paint of various colours)
Some ribbon, string or anything that can be tied to the ends of the sticks

Magical Stick Wands

Step 1. To get started, go out on a nature walk. Collect interesting looking sticks, leaves or anything else the kids find.

Step 2. Paint the sticks black and leave to dry for at least 24 hours.
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Step 3. Decorate the dry sticks using various different colours and patterns.

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Step 4. Leave the sticks to dry and then get ready to play!

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Step 5. Or add a few tassels to the end of the sticks to add some additional sensory fun.

My kids have hardly put their Magical Stick Wands down. They’ve really proven to be a huge hit and I loved that my daughter made them with her best friend, it seemed to add some additional fun factor. From my perspective, the magic derives from the explosion of imaginative play the wands inspired. Their games and laughter made me smile and I hope they fill your home with touch of magic too!

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Love Rocks

We spent the first day of 2015 making footprints in the sand, chasing waves and collecting stones off the beach; coming away with at least a pocket full (or two) of special finds.

Within the mindset of ‘firsts’ for 2015, I was keen for our first craft of the year to be one the whole family could enjoy! To create a little special something for us to look back on in years to come, as such, we used our beach stones to create these super cute Love Rocks!

I love how our Love Rocks turned out and if you’re already thinking about Valentine’s Day, I reckon they would make perfect little gifts!

Materials for Love Rocks: Fingerprint Heart Keepsake

Smooth pebbles of various shapes and sizes
Acrylic Paint
Washable Paint for the Fingerprints
A Sponge
Little fingers!

Love Rocks: Fingerprint Heart KeepSake

For this particular craft I decided to paint the hearts myself, opting for red and white acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is great for painting stones; it covers well and smoothly without having to apply too many layers of paint (I applied two coats).

I painted a stone for each of us, ensuring the stones were proportionate to the size of our prints.

Arty Crafty Kids - Love rocks fingerprint heart keepsake

Now it’s time for the Crafty Kids! Using an alternative colour to heart, simply dab a small amount of paint onto a thumb, ensuring good coverage.

Arty Crafty Kids - Love rocks fingerprint heart keepsake

Next, firmly place the thumb onto one side of the heart, rocking the thumb a little to create a complete print.

To complete the fingerprint heart, apply another thin layer of paint to a forefinger. Place the finger onto the opposite side of the heart, pressing down nice and firmly.

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Painting with Nature

A section of our garden is currently full to the brim with wild flowers, showcasing various shades of reds, yellows, violets, pinks as well as orange and white – we love it! Angel can never resist picking a daisy or dandelion as we pass.

One afternoon we decided to move away from the glitz of the craft box and explore what I like to call, Nature’s Toolbox. 

Painting with nature has become one of our favourite activities and armed with a bucket, Angel began exploring and collecting.

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Next, we delved into the paintbox…

Dip the flower or leaf directly into the paint, using it like a stamp to form a print

OR

To create a silhouette, simply paint over the leaf or flower.

As you can see, Angel preferred the latter option. She loved to reveal the “veins” of the flower petals and leaves.

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Angel also enjoyed using the leaves as paintbrushes by stroking the paint onto the paper.

Sometimes it’s nice to keep it simple and with it comes to painting with nature, there’s no need for complication.

Arty Crafty Kids - Painting with Nature

Painting with flowers and leaves is a gorgeous and engaging craft, providing your crafty kid with the opportunity to look at natures offerings differently, provoking creative thought and discussion.

We naturally began discussing the anatomy of a flower and Angel was interested to see how a daisy would look a different colour.

I hope your crafty kids enjoy printing with Nature’s Toolbox as much as Angel did.

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