Our tree out front has the most beautiful leaves in the fall! They look like they have been watercolor painted don’t you think?  After collecting a few, I was inspired to paint them in my journal. My little one is by my side most days while the older two are at school. So this past week on a rainy day, I set up a watercolor leaf “canvas” for him to paint with me.



rainy day (optional)
leaves collected outside
2 sheets of watercolor paper
watercolors & a paint brush
masking tape



Gather up different leaves from outside and bring indoors on a rainy, fall day. Trace each different leaf onto one sheet of watercolor paper. Cut the shapes out and tape them onto the second sheet of watercolor paper with masking tape. Make a hidden loop of tape behind each leaf cutout, so that the tape is not visible. Let your little (or big) artist have free range in painting these, with no worries about going inside and outside of the shape. Paint a little or a lot in any color you like.

Let artwork dry flat. Hang your art up near a window and admire. You can also encourage your toddler to play a matching game showing them how they can remove all the leaves and see the painted silhouettes. You can even teach them the name for each type of leaf. That’s it! And what do you know, the sun came out as soon as we were finished- true story.



  • October 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm // Reply

    I love this art project. So simple. My kids will love it! Getting out the paints!

    • October 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm // Reply

      Thanks Marie!

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