Friday I visited my son's preschool to do an art project with the kids, leaf monoprints.
This is a really easy project to do with young children, with only a little adult prep work. First, you want to get some leaves, the flatter the better. (You can flatten a leaf in a book overnight.)
Then, on a sturdy piece of cardboard, glue the leaves down. Now you'll probably need about an hour or so for the glue to dry well. Good time for a lunch break!
We used a small foam roller to apply yellow and red paint, and we covered the entire board. Then you take a nice clean sheet of paper, press it down on your cardboard, smooth it with your hands, pull it off and VOILA! A monoprint.
One template has about 3-4 prints in it before the leaves pull off. So if you're doing this with a group, better make a few templates. (The kids will like the variety anyway.)
We all had a lot of fun and I think the kids enjoyed painting on the leaves. A nice project for capturing fall colors.