Autumn Tree Paintings

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Preschool Seasons Activities: Autumn Tree Paintings

What You Need:

  • Large piece of white paper
  • 3 Paint brushes
  • Paint pallet or paper plate
  • Tempera paint in black, yellow, and red

What You Do:

  1. Before you involve your child, paint three black tree trunks on the sheet of paper. Paint one in the centre of the paper, one to the left, and one to the right. Add a few branches on each tree trunk but be sure to leave plenty of space for autumn leaves.
  2. Allow the tree trunks to dry.
  3. Invite your child to finish the painting, adding red leaves to the tree on one side of the page and yellow leaves to the tree on the other side of the paper. The tree in the centre should be left blank.
  4. Does he know what colour he will get when he mixes red and yellow? If he says orange, challenge him to mix the paint and prove himself right. If he doesn’t know, encourage him to mix the paint and see for himself. You may need to coax him a bit since hand-mixed orange seldom looks as bright as pre-mixed orange paint. Hint: Use mostly yellow and just a brush full of red.
  5. Once he has mixed the paint, it is time to paint the centre tree.

Expand on this activity by asking him what colors he sees on the trees around his home every autumn. Some maple trees are vibrant orange and yellow. Other trees mix red and brown. Still others blend green and yellow. Paint additional trees, mimicking what he sees in nature.

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