Easy Kids Color Blending Fall Leaf Project

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Posted on Sep 4 2014 - 11:00am by Jill
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With fall right around the corner you may find yourself exploring the ever changing colors of leaves in your area. Living in the Southern California Mountains we actually do not see a drastic change in colors of leaves in our area which can make hands on leaf learning tricky, so I have always had to get creative. One fun way I have found over the years to tie in a quick, easy, fun, visual project for the kids is to create this Easy Color Blending Leaf Art Project. 

Easy Kids Color Blending Fall Leaf Project - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Leaves change color in the fall, but why? Well, the answer lies in the chemical process of photosynthesis that plants use to make their food. Plants use chlorophyll to convert sunlight into their food. Then this process is working the leaves have a green tone.  As fall approaches and sets in, the sunlight in the day gets weaker.  As the leaves are exposed to less and less sunlight, the chlorophyll breaks down.  As this happens the leaf’s other components and pigments shine through and we see oranges and reds.  Eventually the leaf will die, which is nature, and fall from the trees. While this is happening the tree is also undergoing other changes too, but those are topics to study a little later on it.  For now, we know why leaves change color. 

So, to make the changing of the color of leaves more visible, let’s make our own color changing leaf art project.  To make your own color blending fall leaf project you will need the following supplies: 

Easy Kids Color Blending Fall Leaf Project - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

  • 1 Ziploc plastic sandwich bag
  • Red paint
  • Yellow paint
  • Black permanent marker

Easy Kids Color Blending Fall Leaf Project - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

For this easy color blending project, start by drawing a leaf shape using your black permanent marker in your bag.  Then, place the desired amount of red and yellow paint in the Ziploc bag. Make sure to seal the bag all the way before handing it to your child or student. 

Easy Kids Color Blending Fall Leaf Project - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Then, place the bag on a table or counter-top and allow your child or student to move the paint around in the bag as they watch fall appear right before their eyes when the red and yellow paint makes a beautiful fall color. 

Easy Kids Color Blending Fall Leaf Project - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

The fun will be had as they mix the colors up themselves as they simulate the changing of the leaf’s colors. As the yellow and red paint mix your child or student should be able to see a similar process as to how leaves change color in the fall. 

Fall Leaf Unit Study - Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Make sure to also check out my Fall Leaf Unit Study for tons of fun hands on science experiments, art projects, mapping, and much more! 

How do you bring the changes that the fall season brings around you into your home or classroom?

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  • Oh, I love squishy stuff. This looks like fun!

  • I love this idea and think my nephews would have a blast. When I was in the classroom, we sang songs that represented the seasons, so I brought in the feeling of fall through songs. My favorite was called “Leaves”, which helped the students explore their voices as well as differentiate high and low pitches 🙂

  • I LOVE this post! I know my girls would love squishing the bag!

  • Love this. Looks like such a fun activity for Fall.

  • What a fun way to work on color-mixing! I would love the squishy bag too!

  • This looks great! The kids will enjoy squishing paint around, especially my youngest who loves to mix colors all the time. Keeping it all in a bag will be a lot easier for me to do clean up. Win – win situation 🙂

  • Messy feel but not actually messy! Love it!

  • Pam

    What a FUN idea! My little guy will love squishing those colors together.

  • Oh I really need to try one of these squishy painting activities – maybe I’ll get around to it this weekend now you’ve inspired me!

  • Science and sensory! Love it!

  • What a fun seasonal spin on a classic activity! My boys will love this!

  • My daughter would love watching the colors blend! Leaves are perfect for this activity 🙂

  • Love this. I’ll have to share this with my second youngest who has little ones. Pinning it and emailing it to her. Happy Fall!

  • What fun. We are always on the look for fun and easy activities. This is both. Will try it. Thanks.

  • This looks really fun! Thx for linking it up!

  • too cool!! love this craft, using paint to simulate the changing fall leaves. And I bet it’s fun squishing the paint too 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  • No mess color blending is the best! Love how you themed it by drawing leaves; so simple!

  • I just love how children can work on learning about colors with this mess free activity.

  • What a fun way to explore color mixing!

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