Inspired by autumn leaves - Leaf painting
We are wrapping up our leaf playing, so we can move on to some books about Halloween. It is less than 2 weeks away now! Is there any better method to transition away from the beauty of autumn leaves than covering them in plain white paint and turning them into little ghosts?
My toddler has loved ghosts ever since he first got a shirt stuck on his rather large melon head and his brother said, "You're a ghost! Ooooooooh!". Since that day, if there is something slightly drapable, it will end up on his head. And he will 'boo' you. And then walk into a wall.
Woah, I am digressing today. So we painted leaves. Or rather I lay out a flat dish full of wait paint and the kids dipped the leaves into them. Despite a few drips, it was actually a lot less messy than painting. It was a bit different for them too, so they were really quite careful and gentle as they pressed the leaves down.
It took a good day for the leaves to dry, as dipping into paint gives them a thick layer. Once they were good to go, I handed over the sharpies and they dotted and scribbled away. Ghost faces are wonderfully easy for toddlers to draw. A few dots and there you go.
If they survive long enough, I think we will try to string them up as decoration, as our inspiration for the leaf painting over at @mothernatured did.