November 1, 2012

Fall Leaf Glitter Collage for Toddlers and Preschoolers

 Fall Leaf Glitter Collage

All you need to make this colorful fall collage are leaves and clear contact paper.  It's so simple even the youngest artists can get involved.

Fall is here with it's glorious, delightful explosion of color. Near our home is a black locust tree filled with thousands upon thousands of little golden leaves. Beneath the tree lays a thick, crunchy carpet of fallen leaves. Each breeze brings more leaves floating down. It's as if the tree is sprinkling golden glitter.

The other day I filled a plastic bag with leaves. I knew I'd find something good to do with them.


Before Calvin and I could begin our collage:
  • I spread some leaves evenly inside a gallon plastic bag.
  • I pressed the leaves (bag and all) under a heavy book for several days.
  • I peeled the paper sheet off half the contact paper and folded it back on itself.

  • When Calvin came in, I had everything laying on his little table. I was curious to see what he would do. He immediately grabbed a handful of leaves and spread them on the contact paper. 

  • He started slowly, but it didn't take him long to gather speed.  Pretty soon he was like a little tree sprinkling golden leaf glitter.  

  • When he was done, I peeled the sheet from the rest of the contact paper and encased the leaves inside like a sandwich. I thought it would be interesting to cut the leaves into shapes.  Any shape would do, but I cut circles.  

  • I displayed the collages in a window within Calvin's reach.  He likes the bumpy texture.  I like the way the sun shines through.

 Extend the Activity:

Read these wonderful books to your little-arty-pants.  They were both written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert.

  • Leaf Man is a cute story illustrated with beautiful leaf collages suitable for children ages PreSchool-Grade 3.

  • Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf  is about the life of a sugar maple tree.  It is written from the point of view of a young child.  The appendix explains the various functions and parts of a tree, along with tips on selecting and planting one.  This book is suitable for children ages PreSchool-Grade 3.

  •  Try another little-arty-pants leaf collage.  

Do you have a comment of a suggestion?  I'd love to hear from you.

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