Create Changing Leaves Scratch Art

First Grade Science Activities: Create Changing Leaves Scratch Art

What You Need:

  • White paper
  • Crayons
  • Dark green tempera paint
  • Dishes for paint
  • Foam brush
  • Liquid soap
  • Toothpick
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Have your child use gold, red, yellow, and orange crayons to colour and completely cover the paper with a thin layer of crayon.
  2. Pour the tempera paint into the paint dish. Help your child paint over the crayon picture. The paint should completely cover the paper. Let the paint dry.
  3. Cut out leaf shapes from the paper. Using the toothpick, have your child scratch a border around the edges of the leaf, and leaf veins in the centre of the leaf. As they scratch off the dark green paint layer, the autumn colors underneath will be revealed, creating a beautiful piece of art.

Take this opportunity to explain to your child how this is a model of what real leaves do in the fall. They lose their green coloring and show their true colors! This project makes a beautiful piece of art for a wall or for a card to send.

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