A Fall Leaf Drawing Game for Kids

A Fall Leaf Drawing Game for Kids

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A Fall Leaf Drawing Game for Kids

A couple of days ago, we combined a couple of our family’s favorite drawing activities — leaf drawing and Simon Says drawing — to create these fun fall artworks.

And a new drawing game for kids . . .

Here’s how:

MATERIALS

  • Autumn leaves
  • A color photocopier
  • Drawing materials such as pens and markers (we especially liked using metallic Sharpies)

THE HOW-TO

First, we photocopied an assortment of fall leaves onto paper with a sheet for each of us.

This was my idea; I thought if drawing directly on leaves was so fun, then drawing on leaf paper might be interesting to try as well.

Maia’s idea was to use them to play Simon Says drawing (her favorite), so we took turns directing the drawing action.

Even Daphne. Although when it was Daphne’s turn she always said, “Draw Max and Ruby.”

A Fall Leaf Drawing Game for Kids

Other Simon Says drawing instructions included:

Draw hearts (Maia)

Draw zig-zags (me)

Draw flowers all around the paper (Maia)

Draw lines (me)

Draw shining stars (Maia)

Draw a design around a leaf (me)

Draw an egg (Maia)

Draw triangles (me)

A Fall Leaf Drawing Game for Kids

Here are the finished drawings. It was fun trying something different!

The nice thing about drawing on photocopies of leaves is that you don’t have to press them first. Also, you can make any leaf arrangement you like on the copy machine—even leaf men!

How about you? What are your favorite drawing games for kids?

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  • Reply
    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    November 17, 2011 at 9:11 am

    You probably already know this, but Lois Ehlert’s “Leaf Man” is illustrated completely with the use of photocopied leaves (and then collaged). Love your (and Maia’s) twist on the technique.

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    rosie
    November 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I love this idea! the pics are beautiful! i wish i had thought about making colored photo copies of leaves when i was teaching! This could open up some creative ideas! Thanks!

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    Nolan
    November 17, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I just want to say (based on your linked post about leaf men) that I don’t know how you do it all! The blog, the column, the art, the book, the KIDS! I have 2.5 year old twins and my priorities for the day are often get dressed and try to do something creative for the girls…oh yeah, and feed us all ;) (My blogs, my freelance writing, and everything else have fallen to the wayside.) I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for opening my eyes to the world of process oriented toddler art and introducing me to the book First Art. My husband is an artist (slash high school English teacher, because you can’t make money in art, haha) but doesn’t like to get messy, so our girls would have been doomed to a life full of crayons without you. Thanks so much for all that you do and I can only imagine how many little lives you have touched by sharing your kids’ art experiences. Love it!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    November 17, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I’m familiar with the book, but didn’t realize that! Cool. Thanks, Julie. I’ll have to check it out of the library again and look more closely.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    November 17, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Thank you for your sweet note, Nolan! I really appreciate it. Comments like yours keep me going! (And just for the record, I don’t do it all either.)

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    Heather Collins
    November 17, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    What a fun game!
    My daughter and I played another game that I read about on your blog (quiet time art game, where you sit on opposite sides of the sofa and each draw the same thing, taking turns suggesting what to draw).
    It was a BLAST. We have our drawings on the fridge. She was SO pleased that after the game was over, she went and put them both on the fridge herself.
    It’s definitely a game we will play many more times!

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    katepickle
    November 28, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Oh I love the idea of ‘Simon Says Drawing’… sounds like something my big girls (8 year olds) and my 4 year old could so together… and me too!

  • Reply
    Straker Bostic
    March 7, 2013 at 2:31 am

    This is truly fun! My kids would surely love this. my kids are fond of doing this stuff. I can’t wait to share this stuff to them. Thanks!

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    Valletta Wolford
    March 13, 2013 at 4:22 am

    My daughter will surely love this. This is a great activity for this summer.

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    Pettie Underhill
    March 16, 2013 at 9:00 am

    My son really loves drawing. I’m sure he would be more inspired to draw if he happen to see this works.

  • Reply
    Kennamer Fredrick
    April 3, 2013 at 2:02 am

    No doubt that this activity is truly fun while the children are learning how to draw. Truly beautiful!

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