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Hot and Cool Colors Lesson Making Leaves

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I taught this hot and cool colors lesson to some very eager pre-K’s.  They’ve been learning about hot and cool colors, so we incorporated that as we made TONS of leaves!  This project doesn’t require very many materials, and is appropriate for kids at lots of different levels.  I think it would work for kids pre-K through 2nd grade, and maybe even older – a lot of the teachers had fun making some too!

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1.  Cut a variety of leaves from coffee filters.  Because they’re so thin, you can cut about ten at a time!

2.  Let students choose a leaf and color it in with washable markers.  They can stick to hot or cool color schemes, or make up their own.

3.  The leaves get sprayed with water, and the marker colors blend and bleed – sometimes in unexpected ways!

4. Let the leaves dry, then use them for some fun sorting games in your next lesson!

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Susan

I am a certified K-12 Art Educator who lives, works, and blogs from Philadelphia, PA. I have a background in the studio arts (printmaking, photography, fiber arts and design), and am interested in making, collaborating, collecting, and recording things. One of my main goals as a grown-up is to help kids increase their visual literacy, by exposing them to art history, introducing vocabulary, and teaching kinesthetic art making skills. These lessons in visual literacy often take place in an intentional classroom setting, but just as well might happen at home, working on a project!
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