November 9, 2012

Fall Leaf Collage: Family Activity


Fall Leaf Collage



This colorful fall collage was made from leaves and clear contact paper. It's a simple activity  that everyone in the family can be involved in. When displayed in a sunny window, the leaves were transformed into eye-catching light and dark shapes, a great example of contrast.


Procedure:


  • Calvin and I went out to gather leaves on the most glorious Indian summer day.  The leaves, at the height of their color, were absolutely brilliant in the afternoon sun.


  • After we got home, I pressed the best leaves between two pieces of waxed paper and laid a very heavy book on top. I left it for two days. 


  • Before we began the collage, I cut a large piece of clear contact paper and removed the backing from half of it exposing the sticky side.  

  • Calvin arranged the leaves on the sticky paper.



  • When he was done, I peeled the rest of the backing off and encased the leaves inside being careful to seal them well.



  • I taped the collage in a window where it made a nice fall decoration. The next day, when the sun was shining, the collage transformed into a beautiful design of dark and light shapes. 








Extend the Activity:



  • You could read this book. Calvin and I will enjoy it when he gets older.


Why do Leaves Change Color?...a Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science is about a boy and girl playing in the country.  The book explains why leaves change colors in the fall and has simple instructions for making a leaf rubbing and for pressing leaves.  It's for ages 5-9.




  • You could try another Little Arty Pants leaf collage project. Follow the link below.




(click for instructions)




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