Need a beautiful, very accessible project for first graders? This fall stencil project is perfect.
Very little prep is needed...just a short jaunt outside to clip some leaves. Make sure the leaves are fresh, not the crispy dried ones that have already fallen. Pour white tempera paint into a paper plate or plastic palette, and add reds, blues, greens and yellows to another multi-paint palette.
- Place a leaf and a 12 x 18 sheet of black construction paper on each child's desk/place.
- Put a stack of scrap paper in the middle of the table.
- Place one palette of white paint with appropriate number of brushes in middle of table.
- Demonstrate how to brush the white paint onto the "rib side" of the leaf. Be sure to coat the entire leaf. Place painted leaf carefully on black paper. Cover with a scrap and gently rub the leaf until you are sure all the paint is rubbed on.
- Lift up the scrap paper then peel the leaf off the black paper. Wow! The kids think this part is amazing.
- Repeat step 5 at least 4 times. Encourage the children to go off the edge of the page for n all-over look.
- After all the leaves have been stenciled on, bring out the palettes of colored paint along with some cut up sponges.
- Using just one sponge per child, dips sponge in colored paint and dab around leaves. Kids can use two colors, or more. Leave it up to them.
- Enjoy the results!
(Mrs. Erickson's class: top right: Molly, Jacob, l-r Alex, Gia and Anya)