Color Tree Leaf Prints

Color Tree Leaf Prints lesson plan

  • 1.

    In temperate climates, take frequent walks outdoors as the leaves change. Closely observe leaf colors. Provide each child with a lunch bag to collect samples of fallen, nonpoisonous leaves.

  • 2.

    Study different leaf shapes and characteristics, including vein and edge patterns as well as textures. Notice variations in colors even within a leaf.

  • 3.

    Adapt the activity to children's skills. Painting the leaves may be sufficient challenge for the most adept 3-year-olds. If they want leaves cut out, an adult does the cutting. Art projects with children ages 3 and younger always require close adult super

  • 4.

    Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Put on a Crayola® Art Smock. Choose Crayola® Washable Tempera Paint in fall colors: red, yellow, brown, and orange.

  • 5.

    With Crayola® So Big® Brushes, lightly paint the back of a leaf. Turn the leaf over on construction paper. Gently press to make a print of the leaf shape and its veins.

  • 6.

    Make several leaf prints with different colors and shapes. Dry overnight.

  • 7.

    On mural paper (or a white paper tablecloth), use Crayola® Washable Markers to sketch a tree with four sprawling branches. Label each branch with one fall color.

  • 8.

    With Crayola® Scissors, cut out each leaf print. Write your name on the back.

  • 9.

    Use Crayola® Glue Sticks to attach print to the branch for that color.


  • Reading Pictures
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Social & Emotional: Flexibility
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Observing
  • Thinking: Understanding Concepts