The air is getting super crisp here in NorCal. We’re bundling up, sipping tea, and enjoying the drama changing leaves, which is a certain kind of excitement I rarely experienced as a kid in Los Angeles. To get into the season, we’re sharing a favorite invitation to create, using leaves as the source of inspiration.
If you’re new to this, an invitation to create is a thoughtfully arranged provocation to make something from a set up of provided materials. One person sets up an inviting selection of materials, and another person makes something from these supplies.
The materials and the set up act as the main source of inspiration and the creation process could evolve into a number of different outcomes. There’s no right or wrong way about it. While the person who sets the supplies up may have an idea about how the other person will use the materials, the final outcome is totally unpredictable and creative.
Here at TinkerLab, we call these ArtStarters!
ArtStart: Tape, Poster Paint, and Leaves
This creative set up shows kids think outside the box while using materials other than paper as painting surfaces and helps connect children with nature.
Affiliate links to recommended brands below.
- Fresh Leaves
- Colorful Tape like this washi tape
- Poster Paint. We love Colorations brand.
- Scissors. Fiskars is the best.
- Ice cube tray (or something to hold the paint)
- Paint brushes. I love this Crayola set of round brushes.
- Jar of water
The first thing you’ll want to do is go on a walk to collect leaves. Fresh leaves are best for this project because tape has a hard time sticking to dried leaves.
Next, set up a selection of tape and scissors and invite your child to add tape to the leaves. It’s always more fun when we get to play, so you you can join in, too! Why should kids have all the fun?
Then, set up paint brushes, a water jar, and an ice cube tray filled with poster paint. Invite your child to paint.
Have fun painting. Mix colors together, make patterns, blend paint. There’s no wrong way about it.
When the paint is dry, you can add these leaves to your table, weave them into a centerpiece, or hang them on the wall.