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Fall Leaf Mobiles


Leaf patterns
8 1/2 ” x 11” (22.5 cm x 27.5 cm) paper
Small sponges made by cutting a large sponge into 2” x 3” (5 cm x 7.5 cm) pieces
Small cups of tempera paint: red, yellow, orange, brown
String or yarn, 24” (60 cm) long


1. Trace three or four leaves onto one 8 1/2 " x 11" piece of paper (see next page).
2. Make a copy of the leaf page for each child.
3. Show the children how to sponge paint the leaves.
4. Give each child a leaf page and let her sponge paint them.
5. After the pages are dry, the children may turn the paper over and sponge paint the whole backside of the paper. They may like to draw their own leaf designs to sponge paint.
6. When both sides are dry, ask the children to cut out the leaves.
7. Help the children attach the leaves to the length of yarn with a stapler.
8. Hang the leaf mobile by one end of the yarn and watch the falling leaves.

More to do
Art: Give each child a blank sheet of drawing paper and ask them to use brown crayons to draw a tree trunk. The children will enjoy using the sponge painting technique to make fall foliage on their tree.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Art
Topic: Flowers/Trees/Nature/Earth
Content: Science
Area: Fine Motor
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Individual Child

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