Lets make a hedgehog using leaf printing!
To start with you will need to go outside and gather up lots of different leaves, small ones, big ones and lots of different shapes. If they are wet, dry them off with some kitchen towel before you begin.
Print off as many copies of this cute hedgehog printable as you need, and I set out plates with autumn coloured paints: red, orange, yellow, brown, gold etc.
Let the kids get to work using a sponge to cover the back of the leaf with paint (thin layers work best) and then pressing the leaf, paint side down, onto the paper to fill in the spikes.
– Let the children help getting the paints ready. We only had red, yellow and black paint. So they helped me mix up some orange paint using red and yellow, and then some brown paint by adding a bit of black to the orange mix. They then had a go at mixing their own paint colours.
– On a plain piece of paper to demonstrate how you use the leaf to print, and show them the pattern it makes. Get them to try printing with a leaf on the scrap paper and compare the different patterns from the different leaves.