Here is another version of a fall handprint tree craft that I helped my toddler create over the weekend. Instead of making tissue paper leaves, my son used a leaf stencil.
Fall Handprint Tree Instructions
He started by painting his hand and arm brown (I went back over it to fill in the spots he had missed). This creates the tree trunk. I pressed it to a 12 x 12 scrapbook paper and set it aside to dry.
I found this leaf embellishment in my scrapbook supplies and thought it would make the perfect stencil for painting leaves on his tree. I placed red, orange, green, and yellow paint in a tray and also gave him one of those triangle-shaped makeup sponges. I showed him what to do and then let him do the rest.
If you wanted to have colorful leaves, place the 4 different colors on different areas of the sponge and then start to dab inside the stencil. His leaves turned brown and a weird gray color from the colors mixing too much. At his age, it is all about the experience and not the final outcome with projects like this .