My favourite time of the year is once again almost upon us! The season of crisp mornings, cosy afternoons filled with hot chocolate and of course the beautiful colourful leaves. My first activity of the season is based on how to make your own autumn tree, because that way, even when all the leaves have finally fallen you will still have your own small slice of the splendour of fall.

You will need:

  • Lots of leafs of all sorts of sizes
  • Paper
  • Brown paint
  • Glue/water mix
  • Paintbrushes
  1. If you do not do this activity straight away once the leaves are collect I would keep them pressed in a thick book to help keep them flat. From passed experience I have learned that crumpled leaves do not always stick well
  2. My charge and I did not have any brown paint so we decided to mix our own, which in itself was a marvellous discovery.  We tried mixing green, black and red and together and got a very dark brown.  Once you have your colour paint your tree truck and any branches
  3. Then the really fun part, using a mixture of PVA glue and water, paint the leaves and then stick them onto your tree
  4. Once we completed our trees (we would have gone on for ages but ran out of leaves) we painted over the top of the leaves with the glue mix to help really stick them down, but to also help give them a bit of shine

Will help develop:

  • Fine motor skills
  • The tripod grip for younger children
  • Understanding of the natural world – this is a great activity to talk about why the leaves fall from trees
  • Learn about which leaves come from which trees
  • Exploring what happens when certain colours are mixed together
  • Being imaginative – they are creating their own representation of how autumn trees look

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