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Fall Leaf Craft - From Green to Beautiful Autumn Colors for 3 Year Olds -

Fall Leaf Craft – From Green to Beautiful Autumn Colors

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This Fall leaf craft is such a fun way to discover the beautiful colors of Autumn! Transform a green leaf into a Fall leaf scratch off style! Keep reading to find out how we did it and to get our free Fall leaf printable!

A Fall Leaf Craft That Magically Transforms

If making a Fall leaf craft wasn’t fun enough, this activity is all about showing the magical transformation of a green leaf as it changes it’s colors to the vibrant red, orange, and yellows of the Autumn season! 

Kids love to pick and scratch on various things, so this is what makes this fun reveal activity a huge hit. It really does end up being like magic once they scratch away that top green acrylic coating! 

Plus, all that scratching is great for fine motor skills!

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Skills: 

Ages: 3 Years +

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Watch This Fall Leaf Craft How-To Video

What I love about this fun Fall leaf craft is that it’s something the kids can be part of from start to finish. From coloring the deeply reach Fall colors, to painting over it in green paint, only to scratch away and reveal the colors underneath again!

And once they’re done, they can then have the leaves hang up as decoration all around the house! It’s a fun and simple way to showcase their art so that everyone can enjoy seeing it!

Watch This Fall Leaf Craft How-To Video

What I love about this fun Fall leaf craft is that it’s something the kids can be part of from start to finish. From coloring the deeply reach Fall colors, to painting over it in green paint, only to scratch away and reveal the colors underneath again!

And once they’re done, they can then have the leaves hang up as decoration all around the house! It’s a fun and simple way to showcase their art so that everyone can enjoy seeing it!

Get the Free Printable Leaf Template!

We made things extra easy for you to set up this activity with a free printable leaf template! Each printable comes with a set of different leaves in varying sizes.

Have the kiddos color and then cut them out for some extra fine motor skill strengthening!

Read on for the step-by-step instructions on making this fun Fall leaf craft as well as all the supplies we recommend for it.

If you are building your craft supply kit or needing to refreshen it, don’t miss our comprehensive list of arts and craft supplies!

 

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

Print and cut out our Fall Leaf template.

Step 2

Color the leaf in Fall colors – red, orange, yellows, and browns!

Step 3

Use green acrylic paint to cover the oil pastels.

Step 4

Once dried, use something (like a coin!) to scrape away at the green paint and reveal the fall leaf!

Step 1

Print and cut out our Fall Leaf template.

Step 2

Color the leaf in Fall colors – red, orange, yellows, and browns!

Step 3

Use green acrylic paint to cover the oil pastels.

Step 4

Once dried, use something (like a coin!) to scrape away at the green paint and reveal the fall leaf!

The Science Behind This Fall Leaf Craft: Why Do Leaves Change Color? 

This fun Fall leaf craft is the perfect activity to do during the changing seasons to talk about what it means to transition from summer to winter – the weather cools and it’s a time when we may celebrate holidays and special occasions like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa. And of course it is the time when the leaves change and fall!

But why do leaves change colors?

Chlorophyll makes leaves a green color. Chlorophyll is located in the cells of leaves and helps to make the nutrients for the tree (process is called photosynthesis). When the sun is strong and the weather is hot, the leaves stay green as they make food for the tree. 

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However, when the weather gets colder the chlorophyll breaks down and the green color disappears revealing varying shades of colors from yellow to orange to red and purple.

The Science Behind This Fall Leaf Craft: Why Do Leaves Change Color? 

This fun Fall leaf craft is the perfect activity to do during the changing seasons to talk about what it means to transition from summer to winter – the weather cools and it’s a time when we may celebrate holidays and special occasions like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa. And of course it is the time when the leaves change and fall!

But why do leaves change colors?

Chlorophyll makes leaves a green color. Chlorophyll is located in the cells of leaves and helps to make the nutrients for the tree (process is called photosynthesis). When the sun is strong and the weather is hot, the leaves stay green as they make food for the tree. However, when the weather gets colder the chlorophyll breaks down and the green color disappears revealing varying shades of colors from yellow to orange to red and purple.

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Water Marbling Kit

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Sand Art Kit

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String Art Kit

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