It’s always a great idea to explore the outdoors, gather up things found in nature and use them for art activities for kids. And this is exactly what we did a few weeks ago, which then led us to this activity: Leaf Painting for Preschoolers.
Gathering ‘Paint Materials’
On one of those beautiful sunny days we were at the park, I asked the kids to try and find things that we can use for a leaf painting activity. They excitedly explored – a lot more excited than I expected actually. They picked up things from the ground, went through bushes and pulled a few leaves from a tree (uh oh, poor tree – I stopped them before they pulled out any more). It was wonderful watching them observe every little detail. They noticed the shape of big leaves, how little leaves were bunched together, long stems, wide barks… all because they were trying to figure out if each item they picked up was going to be useful for our leaf painting activity.
Leaf Painting for Preschoolers
All you really need for this leaf painting activity are…
- Leaves, stems, bark or anything from nature
- Optional: paint brushes
- And lots of imagination!
The fun things my preschooler did with the collected leaves…
My 3 year old took the biggest leaf we found. She painted this using many different colors, then stamped this leaf onto paper…
Yup, the kids managed to get long stemmed weeds too. And well, they were great to use as a paint brush!
And this small bunch of leaves got dunked in paint and dotted all over paper. It wasn’t as popular as the leaf stamping activities though.
This was such a fun activity. Lots of bonding time outdoors as we gathered our ‘paint materials’ from nature. And lots of creative fun at home as my preschooler made her leaf painting artwork.
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