Looking for a fun outdoors craft to do with your child? Make leaf pattern imprints! This art activity will help your child develop an understanding of important math concepts like patterning and spatial awareness. Not to mention, he’ll make some beautiful leaf art while he learns about the artistic process of imprinting.
Leaves are only around for one growing season at a time. Help your child capture their beauty for years to come with this printmaking project! This project will help your child learn patterning and spatial awareness. And, he’ll remember it all with a beautiful work of art.
What You Need:
- Leaves, freshly collected from outdoors
- Cardboard, 20″ x 24″
- Tempera paint, seasonal colors
- Cookie sheet, that can get paint on it
- Brayer (art roller)
- White paper, 11″ x 14″
- Rolling pin, optional
What You Do:
- Ask your child to arrange his brightly-colored leaves in a design on the cardboard.
- Once he has his chosen design, ask him to glue the leaves in place directly on the sheet of cardboard. Allow the glue to dry for at least 1 hour, if not longer.
- Have him place a spoonful of paint onto an old cookie sheet.
- Help him to move the brayer over the paint until it is evenly coated over the cookie sheet.
- He can now roll the paint-coated brayer over his leaves. He can experiment using more or less paint for different effects.
- Have him place a sheet of paper on top of the leaves, pressing it down with an even pressure. He can even use a clean rolling pin for this part.
- Help him to slowly peel the white paper up from the leaves. Invite him to admire all the gorgeous textures and details created by the raised veins and shapes of the imprinted leaves.
- Continue making several prints from this same leaf pattern. Have him experiment with different color patterns. He can even use multiple colors on
- one print. What other things can he glue to cardboard to create prints? The possibilities are endless!
Helpful Tip: Fresh, moist leaves are the easiest to work with for this leaf pattern imprint activity, but you can use freshly fallen leaves for a more eco-friendly spin. Brayers are art rollers and are widely available at art supply stores and school supply stores.
Many thanks to Education.com for sharing this post with us! They have a website full of creative learning ideas, so please take the time to head over and scope out more creative math, nature and summer fun, just to name a few!
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