The project may be completed over several consecutive days in an early learning center environment:
- First day: Collect and share fall leaves from your center's playground and/or surrounding neighborhood.
- Second day: Draw and cut many stencil patterns from the leaves that students have collected from the previous day. Let students play with the stencils, discovering how these can be layered or moved about in order to mimic the creatures depicted in the Leaf Man book.
- Third day: Draw plastic combs through acrylic and glitter paints on construction paper to recreate the Autumn colors found in the student's leaf collection.
- Fourth day: Trace the leaf stencils onto the decorated papers and cut them out. Now let each student paste together his or her own river scene depicting fish and turtles similar to those illustrated in the Leaf Man book.
- Fifth day: Let the students help you display their dry art works in the hallway or classroom of their school. Serve up some warm cider or chocolate and talk about all the things they have accomplished while enjoying the fall leaves!
Harcourt Trade Publishers also includes a fun teacher's guide for an alternative art project. Below I have linked to additional fall leaf lessons that young students may enjoy.
- Fall Line Leaves from The Art of Education
- Fall Leaves Lesson from Deep Space Sparkle
- Why do Autumn Leaves Change Color?
- Art School: Fall of the leaf
- Explore fall themes to develop early learning centers
- Preschool themes and lessons about fall
|Students paint, cut and paste leafy fish and turtles to swim in their colorful blue river.|
|A detail of the paper turtle cut from papers combed with glitter paints.|
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