Fall Tree Portrait Kids Craft

Oh, how I love this time of the year- the temperature is starting to cool down; the smell of fall alone is so refreshing. Apples and pumpkins and the amazing colors that are all associated with the season. Not to mention it is a time when school begins and we settle back into our "everyday routines."
Fall Tree Portrait Kids Craft

One of the lessons that I adored as an art teacher to little children was having them create a "life-size" portrait. Well, we did just that with the Fall Tree Portrait Kids Craft, except we turned ourselves into fall trees!

Classified: Medium- just due to time and would be great to do with children 3-6!

What you need:
  • Large sheet of white paper
  • Paint- Fall colors (red, orange, yellow, green and brown and black)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Hands and smiles required!
  • Stuff to clean up!

What you do:
1. Prep: have large sheets of paper pre-cut to about the size of a small child and lay them on the floor. We used to sheets of poster board and taped them together for this lesson. Get in the fall spirit- read fall books, go on a nature walk and look at trees, or play a game and have everyone pose like a tree!

2. Have the 3-6 year old child lay down on their backs on the large sheet of white paper. Have them pose like a tree and trace around their bodies with marker.
Have the child pose and trace an outline

3. Paint the tree with brown and allow to dry.

4. The leaves are made up of the child's hands. Start with one color and leave hand prints all across the top of the tree- overlapping is encouraged! Move on to the next color. We really didn't wait for the colors to dry in between as we used acrylics- you may chose to with tempera.

5. After the entire project  is dry, outline with black paint and add the words "In fall I was this tall" to the child's tree.

Tips and ideas: What fun this would be for an open house at school and there was a whole field of child trees in the hallways for parents to view? Add grass and sky to make a complete mural.

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  1. Oh how fun! Love the combination of "body and hands" :-)

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!



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