Boredom Busters For Fall: Colorful season can inspire budding artists

With a little hand and arm painting, young artists can “stencil” a beautiful fall tree.

With a little hand and arm painting, young artists can “stencil” a beautiful fall tree.

Leafy McFall is a fun craft to make and can also be a “story starter” about the fun adventures Leafy might have in your own backyard.

Leafy McFall is a fun craft to make and can also be a “story starter” about the fun adventures Leafy might have in your own backyard.

This colorful tree can be the start of a fall forest.

This colorful tree can be the start of a fall forest.

Every autumn, Mother Nature transforms the mountain backdrop from earthy tones to vibrant hues. As brilliant reds, oranges and yellows begin to emerge, even the youngest artists are sure to be inspired by fall’s new color palette.

With a little assistance, the tiniest tykes will love creating these crafts. Be sure to take pictures of your project and share on our page at www.facebook.com/blountmomstoday

A Hand for Fall

Supplies:

• Large construction paper, paper grocery bag, or butcher paper

• Tempera paint in brown or black, red, yellow and orange

• Small paint brush

Paint your child’s arm and hand with brown or black tempera paint and press onto paper. This makes the trunk and branches of the tree. Have your little one dip the tip of his finger into red, orange or yellow paint to create leaves on the picture.

Variation: Suggest extra elements like a leaf pile or leaves swirling in the wind.

Roll Into Leaves

Supplies:

• Empty paper towel or toilet paper roll

• Paper plate

• Tempera paint in brown or black, red, yellow and orange

• Q-tip or cotton balls

• Scissors

Cut a slit in the top of the paper roll. Slide the plate into the slit to create the shape of a tree. Use a Q-tip or a cotton ball to paint the plate to represent the leaves of a tree. Use brown or black to paint the trunk of the tree.

Variation: Use various sized plates and assorted rolls to create a fall forest.

Leafy McFall

Supplies:

• Leaf

• Glue

• Markers or crayons

• Brown pipe cleaners

• Paper

• Optional - googly eyes

After finding the perfect leaf with your tyke, attach it to construction paper with glue. Use crayons or markers to give the leaf arms, legs, shoes, and accessories to create a leaf-friend. Or use brown pipe cleaners for the arms and legs. Use googly eyes to help bring the craft to life.

Variation: Trim excess paper with scissors and glue a small magnet to the back for easy fridge-front display.

Harvest Hanger

Supplies:

• 2 sheets of white paper

• Craft paint (fall color palette)

• Scissors

• 15-inch branch

• 4 sections of 15-inches of string

• Glue

Use fingers or a cotton ball to cover each sheet of paper entirely with paint. Use of a dabbing motion allows colors to show vibrantly use you use more than 1 color. After the paint dries, flip the page and do the same thing on the back. After paint has dried, cut as many “leaves” as you can from each sheet of paper (football shaped leaves are the easiest).

Attach the leaves to 3 pieces of string using glue. Make sure to leave a few inches bare at the top. Even space the strings on the stick and attach. Secure the 4th piece of string to each end of the stick with simple knots to create a hanger.

Variation: Hot glue two sticks perpendicularly to create a 3-dimensional mobile.

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