Coffee filters, cut into leaf shapes
Sharpies (fall colors and black and brown)
Washable markers (fall leaf colors)
Spray bottle with water
Examine leaves with children. Notice colors, veins, patterns.
Draw leaf veins with sharpies onto coffee filter leaves.
Color leaf with washable markers (as much or as little as desired)
Spray one or two times with water bottle.
Watch colors diffuse!
My adult version of this activity:
The real artists work on their coffee filter leaves:
Here are the leaves on our classroom tree:
Okay, so the veins of the leaves aren't so realistic, but we learned and we created and the outcome is gorgeous!