Changing Leaves Fall Process Art

Encourage fine motor skills with this quick and easy Changing Leaves Fall Process Art. You’re definitely going to want to add this wonderful activity to your next fall preschool theme! 

fall process art with text: Changing Leaves Fall Process Art for Little KidsWe wrapped up summer and moved onto fall and of course this fun Changing Leaves Fall Process Art activity too!

child stenciling fall leaves
Today’s discussion focused on what animals might do in the autumn to get ready for winter and it was the perfect opportunity to introduce migration and hibernation, both of which we’ll learn more about later this month. 

child sponge painting fall leaf stencil
Either way, the little guy and baby girl never pass up a chance to paint and I’m willing to bet that your little kids feel the same. 

child's painted fall leaf stencil
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child making fall process art using sponge and stencil
I love the invitation to create activities that are included in each of our preschool curriculum kits and my goal for this week is to blog one idea for each season. Keep reading to learn more about today’s fun Changing Leaves Fall Proces Art.  

leaf stencil on cardstock
Autumn is a season in which the weather and plants begin to change. Leaves change color and begin to fall. Animals know winter is coming and start preparing. 

Fall Process Art

Visual Arts, Fine Motor

What you’ll need

  • Inspiration Photo
  • Leaf Stencil
  • Paper
  • Sponge
  • Markers
  • Paint

Here’s how to do it

Set Up

  • Set out Inspiration Photo and additional supplies. 


  • What colors do you see in the photo?
  • Which colors will you use in your art? 
  • What happens when you paint over the stencil? 
  • Which types of leaves can you find outside? Would you like to add these to your art? 


  • How did the child participate in the stenciling process? 
  • Which parts frustrated the child? 
  • How did he problem-solve and experiment? 

child sponge painting leaf stencil to make fall process art
There’s no doubt that fall is beautiful and especially the changing leaves that are gorgeous shades of red, orange, and yellow. And what could be better than painting our own gorgeous fall leaves to display in our homeschool and/or classroom? 

child making fall process art by stenciling leaves
The little guy was a natural at stenciling and filled his entire piece of paper with lots of leaves. Baby girl on the other hand needed a bit of help. The idea of using a stencil was a new concept to her. 

child dipping sponge in paint to make fall process art
Fall process art activities are great for introducing colors and color mixing and this changing leaves invitation to create was definitely no exception. We explored fall colors and experimented with mixing them together. 

painted leaf stencil
Another fun fact we learned this week is that in the fall, leaves get less sunlight and stop making food to prepare for the winter. When they stop producing chlorophyll and the stems weaken, the leaves change color and fall from the tree. 

changing leaves fall process art
Learning about autumn has been lots of fun and we especially enjoyed lots of fall leaf activities, which we’ll hopefully be sharing sometime soon! 

child making autumn process art
And when we were finished with all of that? It was onward to winter and painting snowstorms for these kiddos. What an exciting week! 

fall process art with leaf stencil
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Weather & Seasons theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time)

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