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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Leaf Print Project

I know it's not fall, but we have this HUGE tree out front that has been slowly dropping some great leaves. I thought it would be fun to paint them and make a picture.

Our tree is called a paulownia tree which is mostly indigenous to southern areas. We got our about 6 or 7 years ago. It has grown magnificently. It's super tall and the leaves on it get really big. When the tree is full it reminds me of a tree a child would draw. One great big trunk with a full beautiful green top. I love the tree, but we didn't know it would grow so big and it is outgrowing its space. We are trying to hold onto it as long as we can.

We got a large piece of white paper, some leaves from the ground, and some paint. We painted the backs of the leaves so that when we pressed them to print them on the paper we would get that great design. We did this outside because it can get a bit messy.

We made a flower with our prints, but this project could be turned into anything; individual prints of the leaves in different colors, or any type of object or picture they would like to paint.

As I was doing the project I thought this would make a good cooperative project. You may or may not remember that I had done a course stating the importance of doing projects where the children have to cooperate to complete them. If the paper is big enough and there are enough leaves a group of children could create a wonderful masterpiece.

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Deborah said...

Those turned out quite beautiful!

Unknown said...

These are good and beautiful....thanks for sharing.

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Heather said...

Fall projects are always fun!