Leaf Stamping with Cookie Cutters

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Halloween lingers in the two buckets of candy we still have sitting on the counter but I am excited to welcome November by jumping into fall and Thanksgiving crafts!  Our first post-Halloween activity this year was a super simple leaf (and acorn) paint stamping craft.  This craft takes less than 5 minutes to set up and I love that the kids can decorate their papers however they choose.

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  • White construction paper (I used the 12 x 18 inch paper for this craft)
  • Red, orange, yellow, and brown paint (or any colors of your choosing)
  • Paper plates
  • Leaf and other fall cookie cutters

p1020656Pour your paint onto paper plates (one color per plate) and divide your cookie cutters between the plates.  For younger artists, you may need to demonstrate how to press the cookie cutter into the paint and then press it onto the paper to make an outline of the shape.  Now you’re ready to get stamping!

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G, B, and R had fun choosing which colors and cookie cutters to use for their papers.  B (4 years old) liked his paper nice and neat with no overlapping shapes.   G (4 years old) made a colorful collage with overlapping leaves and acorns and then made a second paper using cookie cutter prints and fingerprints dots.  (And then abandoned stamping to finger paint a third paper orange!)  A (2 years old) stamped her paper enthusiastically for a more abstract look.  What lovely leaf art!

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