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.
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:
- 1 Ziploc plastic sandwich bag
- Red paint
- Yellow paint
- Black permanent marker
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.
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.
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.
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?