Guest Author - Alissa Moy
The colors of Fall are not only brilliant, but they are also cheery! Here are ideas for preschool art projects that are easy, and incorporate the colors of Fall. Be sure to plan ahead by assembling all of the craft materials, along with smocks, supplies and materials for all of the children participating.
1. Paint with Fall colors- Preschoolers love to paint, and using Fall colors is challenging and exciting. Before starting this project encourage the children to brainstorm a list of colors that depict Fall, and list these colors on your whiteboard or easel. If needed, paint a swatch of the color listed next to the color name for easy identification. An option for older preschoolers is to have the children mix colors to create Fall hues, like yellow and red to make orange. A mini nature walk might be needed beforehand, too, to search for the colors of Autumn. After preparing for this project encourage the students to paint creatively using the brilliant array of Fall colors.
2. Color with Fall colors- Children who do not have access to paint will enjoy coloring with the beautiful Fall colors. Crayons, colored pencils and oil pastels are all options to foster a creative Fall picture. Utilize the pre-planning ideas above, such as a mini nature walk, to set the mood for this Autumn art project.
3. Create a tissue paper tree- The preschool crew will thoroughly enjoy making a Fall tree using crumpled small pieces of tissue paper, in Fall colors, as the leaves of the tree. You can have students draw or paint a thick brown trunk with branches on a large sheet of paper or a posterboard. Next, offer the children a pile of small cut pieces, about 2x2 inches of tissue paper, in the colors of orange, red, green, yellow and brown. You can get a variety of shades of tissue paper as well, such as light and dark green. The children can then lightly crumple the paper to make leaves for the branches of the tree. A glue stick will be useful for the children, but advise them to use the glue on the paper, and then stick the leaves on, to prevent ripping the tissue paper.
4. Make a Fall collage- Your preschool crew will love going on a nature walk or hunt to collect items to create a nature collage to represent the season of Autumn. You will need sturdy posterboard, as well as crafters glue to mount the natural finds on the collage frame. Small pine cones, Fall leaves and acorn pieces can all be made into an artistic treasure.
5. Just color- Have fun by coloring the fabulous selection of Fall themed printables from Crayola- www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/print/autumn-leaves-coloring-page/. Your preschool crowd will relish in creating their very own pumpkin or leaf picture!
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