Printing is such a great art process with so many different techniques to choose from but it can often be quite messy, especially when children are involved.
This little Nature Make is such an easy one and it is a great way to introduce kids to printing without all the fuss and mess. Hooray!
Collect some leaves and apply colour to the backs using paint sticks (we love Little Brian). If you don't have these, oil pastels will also work. Press each leaf firmly down onto paper or card and gently rub. Peel back to reveal your leaf print.
Structured, rigid leaves work best as they stand up to the printing process better and will give a more patterned effect.
This was such a great activity to work on with Ava. We sat on the floor together and each made our own picture. After a while, Ava got bored of adding the colour and wanted me to do it so that she could focus on the fun part, printing and peeling back the leaves. We loved this quick and easy activity and will definitely be trying it again later in the year with autumn leaves.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN PICKING AND HANDLING UNKNOWN NATURAL MATERIALS. SUPERVISE CHILDREN TO ENSURE NOTHING IS EATEN AND WASH YOUR HANDS WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED.
For more nature inspired creativity, pop over to Instagram and have a look at #NatureMakesMondays. You can share your own Makes using the hashtag too!