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Looking for a quick activity? Try this making this easy fall art!
Is there anything cuter than kid-made art? I love a good seasonal art piece to hang on my fridge but painting with young children can be a challenge.
Who want that big mess? Who has time for something long and drawn out? I need a quick and easy fall art activity.
Setting up a low-mess art activity
No one wants to deal with a giant mess after art time so I made sure this set up would be easy to clean at the end. I wanted quick and easy – not long and drawn out with paint all over my house.
I grabbed my supplies and my kid helpers and together, we set up one easy fall art activity.
- Super-Safe Paper Center
- Lakeshore Fully Washable Liquid Tempera Paint
- Easy-Clean Craft Trays – Set of 4
- Clothes pins
- Brown crayon
Making this easy fall art activity was a snap!
I started by ripping off a section of paper from my Super-Safe Paper Center – just the right size to fit in my craft trays. I set the paper into the Easy-Clean Craft Trays and taped it down. This keeps the paper nice and secure.
Inside the craft trays, I put four fall colors of Lakeshore Fully Washable Liquid Tempera Paint– red, orange, green, and yellow.
Finally, I took out my by bag of sponges and clothes pins to finish off the set up. This bag is full of sponges that I cut into quarters. I keep them on hand for painting with.
The step by step for this activity
Step One: We started our easy fall art activity with a quick demo. I showed my kids how to make a fall tree while talking to them about fall trees. I quickly drew a terrible outline of a tree (good thing little kids aren’t art critics!) and colored it in with a brown crayon.
Step Two: We chatted about leaves and their colors and what happens to trees in the fall. While my kids listed the colors of leaves they’ve seen on trees, I started squirting out the paint.
Step Three: I modeled how to use the sponges and clothes pins (now hooked together) to make a fall tree full of color and texture. Time for the kids (ages 4 and 2.5 years old) to have their go at this project.
They loved this activity!
I drew a fall tree outline for each of my kids and then let them have full artistic license to make their trees. They had a blast doing this and making their trees by dabbing the paint up and down with the sponge.
Each one’s final product looked absolutely perfect for their developmental levels.
Art activities don’t need to be a big production
Art activities can be quick and easy activities – you just have to have the right gear to make that possible. I always find the best supplies for playing and learning at Lakeshore. These items are teacher designed and kid tested – full of educational value and tons of fun.
Squirting the tempera paint right onto the craft trays is HUGE for keeping the mess from painting under control. Having a seemingly endless supply of paper and tape – also key. Once my kids finished their fall trees they wanted more and fine by me!
With the paper right there at the ready, my kids took full advantage of some open ended process art.
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