My favourite part of autumn is all of the beautiful colours; it is so neat to walk outside every day and see new colours on the leaves! Since fall has finally come I just couldn't help but make a colour changing paper plate craft with a tree. What a great craft to celebrate autumn or just to play with!
If you feel like matching this fun craft with a learning opportunity check out this science section on Kidzone.ws that explains why leaves change during the fall.
- a variety of colourful paints and paintbrushes (use your imagination, the colours of leaves, and your favourite colours),
- two paper plates,
- brass paper fastener,
- Paint the top of one paper plate a rainbow of different colours. Feel free to be as creative as you want; younger children may want to use their fingers and get really messy while older children may want to make a colour wheel in the ROY G BIV fashion.
- For an autumn theme, paint the paper plate a bunch of different leaf colours (green, red, orange, yellow).
- While the first paper plate is drying, paint the second paper plate a background colour (I used blue like the sky). Once the background colour is dry you can paint a brown tree trunk down half of the paper plate.
- Next, use the template we have provided to trace a tree shape onto the paper plate or you can draw your own tree.
- ADULTS ONLY: Using scissors or an exacto-knife, cut the leaf part of the tree out of the paper plate. Be very careful as it is a challenging shape to cut.
- Place the tree paper plate on top of the colourful paper plate and secure them together with a brass fastener through the middle.
- To play with the craft you can turn the top paper around and around and watch the leaves of your tree change colour!
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Tree Template (B&W)