Autumn Leaves

Autumn is a great season to introduce colors and blending to your child. Combined with the magic of sponge painting, this project can really make autumn come alive for your child.

Under suggested projects you will find specific projects and material for the following projects:

  • Autumn Leaf Wreath
  • A Big Tree


  • Card stock or other heavy paper
  • Sponge – natural or standard kitchen, cut into easy to handle pieces
  • Paint –red, yellow, orange, brown
  • Paint Tray or Heavy Paper Plate


  1. Draw a leaf onto card stock or heavy paper – as many as desired 
  2. Cut out the leaves.
  3. Place the leaf on the scrap paper. Use a sponge to paint the leaves autumn colors. Lightly dab the sponge on the leaf to get a nice textured look.Let your child know it’s okay to get paint on the scrap paper too. (When you’re finished painting leaves, challenge your child to turn their piece of scrap into beautiful sponge art!)
  4. Paint as desired.
  5. Set aside to dry.

Suggested project uses

This project can be used in the following ways:

  • Letter themed Projects – L is for Leaves 
  • Autumn Leaf Wreath – Hot glue 8 craft sticks in an octagon shape. Please be careful when using hot glue! Adult supervision is highly recommended whenever hot glue tools are used! Glue leaves to fill the wreath. Decorate as desired.
  • A Big Tree – use the leaves to bring autumn indoors. To attach leaves to the branches, tape or staple each leaf to fishing line and tape the fishing line to the branches, hiding the pieces of tape behind the leaves.
  • Make a paper chain using autumn colors. Glue or staple leaves to make a garland. Incorporate letters to make banner signs such as “Welcome” or “Happy Fall” or “Happy Thanksgiving.” Decorate as desired.
  • Make enough leaves for a leaf pile and let them roll around the Autumn Leaves
  • Whatever you use this project for, remember to proudly display your child’s masterpiece!

Discussion suggestions:

Here is a list of things you can talk about while doing this project with your child:

  • Autumn colors – why the leaves change colors, what kind of colors do you see in autumn?
  • Ask your child what else happens during Autumn
  • If you are making this project for a holiday, talk about the holiday, its significance, its history, your family history, etc. 
  • Discuss color mixing. What happens if I mix red and yellow? What other colors do we get if we mix autumn colors?


While working on this project, your child will be practicing the following skills:

  • Fine motor (painting and cutting)
  • Hard/Rough and Soft/Gentle Gross Motor Control
  • Eye-Hand Coordination
  • Imagination and Creation
  • Color recognition and Color mixing
  • Teamwork for the bigger projects
  • Season and weather
  • Safety (with Hot Glue)