Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Coffee filter leaves

These gorgeous leaves are super easy to make and make lovely homemade fall/ autumn decorations.  

First draw a leaf on a coffee filter paper

Then colour the leaf. We used autumnal (fall) colours to fit in with the season but you could use what ever colour you like.

The Fairy colouring.
The Frog colouring.

Next you spray (we used a well cleaned out bottle to hold the water). Using the spray is great for encouraging motor control in little hands. It helps if the leaf is on backing paper at this point as the link spreads(not kitchen roll as that will absorb all the colour).

The Fairy observed the leaf looked more like a leaf (and less like a blob of colour!) if she used less water.

The Fairy was fascinated to watch the colours blend and merge.

This activity was great fun as well as being a great learning opportunity. Not only could both the children (aged 2 and 5 years) do something together at the same time, they were developing fine motor control and making observations.

Language Links: wet, dry, spread, colours (red, yellow orange brown), autumn (fall)


  1. Beautiful - I am off to make them with my kids

  2. I find these kind of play opportunities so interesting, things like this just never occurred to me, I'm obviously not much of a exploratory parent. Lucky they are inquisitive of their own being. Mich x

    1. I think I'm often inspired by working with children in my 'day job' Michelle (and I'm still a big kid really). I also think we're all made differently, so we parent differently too I'm not sure how Id cope with twins - think all twin mums are amazing :-) Yes it's great how inquisitive children are - I love it


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