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Leaf Print Place Mats
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These festive place mats add a touch of autumn to your classroom Thanksgiving feast!

This activity is appropriate for:
preschool - 2nd grade / 3 - 7 years

You will need:


  1. Before beginning this craft project, go outside and gather a collection of fallen leaves in a variety of shapes and sizes. (If weather permits, you may even want to take students outside and have them choose their own leaves!)
  2. Cover a table or workspace with recycled newspaper to protect the surface. Provide one sheet of white construction paper for each student to use as his place mat.
  3. Squeeze generous amounts of each color of paint into separate bowls or cups.
  4. Have students carefully dip their paintbrushes into the desired color and paint one side of a leaf. (Young students may need some assistance with this step so as not to tear the leaves.)
  5. Instruct students to press the leaf paint-side down onto the white paper to make a leaf print.
  6. Encourage students to repeat Steps 4 and 5 using different leaves and paint colors until they have created a desired pattern on their leaf place mats.
  7. Allow the place mats to dry. Then, if desired, cover each place mat with a sheet of clear adhesive paper.
  8. Encourage students to use the place mats as you host a Thanksgiving feast in your classroom!

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