Monday, September 26, 2016

Giant Colorful Watercolor Fall Leaves for Kids

Leaves are falling this week during our Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids and we are reading Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert!

Leaf Man is filled with snazzy leaf collages and images. Inspired by the book we decided to do a collage of color on our leaves using crayon and watercolor.


  • roll of finger painting paper
  • painters tape
  • crayons
  • liquid watercolors
  • paint brushes


To get started I drew two large leaves onto finger printing paper (shiny side down) and then I cut them out.

After they were cut out, I secured them to the floor with painters tape so that they wouldn't move around while we were painting and drawing. 

We started off by covering the leaves in crayons. I loved seeing the different patterns and visual textures that were created.

Next I got out our liquid watercolors and diluted them a bit and then we began painting our leaves. It was fun to watch the reaction between the watercolor and the crayons.

Once the leaves were covered in colors, we laid them out to dry and we read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert!

The leaves were gorgeous anywhere we put them and it was fun to see how they changed colors in the light. I especially loved the contrast between the yellow crayon and the bright blue on my daughter's leaf.

We loved mixing the colors and trying to figure out which colors made what. The end results were beautiful!

Have you ever tried making leaves "giant-sized"? Have you done any crayon resist recently? This project was not only fun and colorful, but the kids took great ownership of how their leaves turned out!


Featured Book: 

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Additional Books:

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert 
We're Going On A Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger 
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson 
Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Snead


Alphabet Activities

Learning About Letters with Leaves & Falling Leaves Song - Kori at Home
Beginning Sounds Activity: Leaf Sticker Tree- Growing Book by Book
Letter Recognition Game with Free Leaf Printable

Name Activities

Number Activities

Learning Fun With Leaves - Clare's Little Tots

Leaf Art ~ Prewriting Patterns for Fall
Leaf Tracing Pre-Writing Activity - Books and Giggles
Leaf puppets - messy little monster 

Movement Activities


  1. My kids will LOVE this activity! These giant leaves would look great in a big picture window!

  2. My kids love any art work on a large scale....not sure if I tried to cut out a giant leaf it would actually look like a leaf though. Love the colours autumn is so beautiful.


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