We made handprint fall trees in preschool!

I got the biggest kick out of watching the children make their handprint fall trees today!

The children started by letting the teacher paint their hand and forearm with brown paint…

Some of the children giggled when the teacher painted their arms and hands. Other children had to give it some thought before deciding to give it a try:) Not every child enjoys paint on their hands – yet alone paint on their hands and arms!  But in the end, everyone did give it a try:-)

The challenge was making the print on the paper. The children didn’t quite grasp the idea of pressing their hand and arm all the way down on the paper. It usually took a couple of tries before they caught on to the idea that the only way to make both hand and arm prints was to lean down low and turn their arms just a bit more towards the paper.

Once we washed our arms and hands, we came back to add the leaves. We used a little red, orange, green, and yellow paint.

I thought that these turned out just beautiful. I loved how each child chose to add their leaves. Some went with adding leaves to each fingertip (branch) and others just made a collage of leaves…

Here are some of our finished masterpieces!!

Are these beautiful or what??

By |2010-10-12T02:11:35+00:00October 12th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. artsy_momma October 12, 2010 at 4:01 am - Reply

    So colorful!

  2. Elise October 12, 2010 at 7:33 am - Reply

    What beautiful fall keepsakes. I like that the children all had their own unique and creative way of putting the leaves on their trees.

  3. Michelle G October 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    I love these! Definitely going on my list of fall activities:)

  4. Ramblings Of A Stay At Home Mom October 12, 2010 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I love this blog! I included your blog in my pay it forward awards post! https://www.ramblingsofastayathomemom.com/2010/10/awards-and-pay-it-forward.html

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 12, 2010 at 11:38 pm - Reply

      Wow – that is so sweet of you to include me!! I will go check it out!

  5. Tami October 13, 2010 at 12:31 am - Reply

    I love your blog and have to read it daily. You keep me motivated to always do better.

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 13, 2010 at 12:55 am - Reply

      Thank you Tami – I appreciate your kind words:)

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