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Fall Art Activities using puffy paint

It has been a while since we did any art activities around here. Although the kids engage in many forms of open ended art activities almost everyday we haven’t done a full-on art project per se. Looking back I guess we were on a messy play and sensory activities kick. Since we are doing fall crafts and activities to welcome the season change, we decided do immerse ourselves ( yes, that’s what happens when we do art activities here) in fall art activities.

We LOVE puffy paint! Last fall, we did a puffy paint leaf activity. Since the kids are a bit older we upped the complexity of this fall art activity and did a puffy paint fall tree art. It is great to look back and see how the kids have grown, especially my toddler’s development in the fine motor skills department.

Please don’t write off this fall art activity as heavily parent-led, cute artsy craft. If you look down the post you will see the kids’ exploration. Having said that I have to say that my older child LOVES seasonal activities and loves to create. She takes pride in her creations and enjoys looking at her stuff adoring her room and our house in general. Besides, these art activities are just *invitations*. The kids always have the option of saying “no”, just like the way my toddler said on this particular day. “No, mom I don’t want to make a tree. Only a river and a turtle”. Scroll down to see a toddler’s puffy river and puffy turtle.


Puffy Paint in Fall Colors

Fall tree outline (optional)

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materials needed for puffy paint tree

My preschooler jumped at the chance of doing an art project and got on to filling in the trunk with her brown puffy paint. She has developed amazing sense of control while working with materials like these. Doing shaving cream drip art activity, cotton rounds art activity and many art activities like those must have helped. My toddler’s control of bottles is getting much better as well.

drawing the trunk

Just the filled up tree trunk got her excited while she kept repeating “Mom, this trunk looks just like chocolate”. This fall art activity is turning into a fun one!

fall tree art

Then she proceeded to use her fall colored puffy paint to create the leaves for the now dubbed” chocolate tree” She did not need any directions and was good with creating small dots as leaves. She even tried to get the leaves realistic as possible. Her art work has gotten very precise and deliberate and she works in stages and chooses her colors. Every now and then she would ask ” Does this color look nicer next to this color or the other one” I usually don’t answer those questions and gently have her decide on her own with a ” What do you think?” She usually makes a decision and goes with a combination. I’m loving her developing color sense!Easy Art Activities like these increases my kid’s already present interest in art.

adding leaves

That’s my toddler creating a river. Usually she has to do the same art project her sister is doing. This time I was glad that she chose something all by herself!

toddler fall tree craft

This is how the fall tree made with puffy paint looks before “puffing it up”.

puffy paint fall tree art

We popped the art in the microwave for 30 seconds in 10 seconds intervals and it came out looking gorgeous like this.

puffed up fall tree