Autumn Tree Paintings Activity
By Sue BradfordEdwards
Give your child some hands-on experience mixing autumn colors.
All you need are a large piece of white paper and tempera paint. If your child knows what he will get when he mixes red and yellow, this will be an opportunity to share what he knows. If not, he’ll have the opportunity to learn.
What You Need:
1. Large piece of white paper
2. 3 Paint brushes
3. Paint pallet or paper plate
4. Tempera paint in black, yellow, and red
What You Do:
> Before you involve your child, paint three black tree trunks on the sheet of paper. Paint one in the center of the paper, one to the left, and one to the right. Add a few branches on each tree trunk but be sure to leave plenty of space for autumn leaves.
> Allow the tree trunks to dry.
> Invite your child to finish the painting, adding red leaves to the tree on one side of the page and yellow leaves to the tree on the other side of the paper. The tree in the center should be left blank.
> Does he know what color he will get when he mixes red and yellow? If he says orange, challenge him to mix the paint and prove himself right. If he doesn’t know, encourage him to mix the paint and see for himself. You may need to coax him a bit since hand-mixed orange seldom looks as bright as pre-mixed orange paint. Hint: Use mostly yellow and just a brush full of red.
> Once he has mixed the paint, it is time to paint the center tree.
> Expand on this activity by asking him what colors he sees on the trees around his home every autumn. Some maple trees are vibrant orange and yellow. Other trees mix red and brown. Still others blend green and yellow. Paint additional trees, mimicking what he sees in nature.
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