This floating chalk Autumn tree fall art project looks difficult to do, but is actually very simple! This craft uses a fun art technique with chalk pastels and water to create beautiful prints. It is an easy-prep activity to add into your rotation of fall crafts in the classroom!
*Pair with our Fall Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Autumn Tree Fall Art Project
When preparing to do this project, be sure to take a few minutes to discuss the changing seasons. Students may already be noticing the colors of changing leaves or cooler temperatures that Autumn brings. Each floating chalk fall art project is unique! Students may want to experiment with this technique again and again.
To begin, fill the bottom of the large shallow dish with water about an inch high.
Next, invite students to use a plastic knife to scrape the edge of a chalk pastel over top of the water. The chalk will float on top!
Repeat this process around the entire dish of water with several other colors.
For this particular project, fall colors like orange, yellow, red, and brown work best. However, students can feel free to use any colors of their choice.
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After the surface of the water is covered with chalk shavings, students can gently place a sheet of cardstock paper on top.
Immediately after placing the paper on top of the water, peel the paper back up to reveal the chalk image!
Next, set the printed cardstock paper aside and allow the prints to dry completely.
Once the paper is completely dry, invite students to use oil pastels (or crayons) to add a tree trunk, branches, or other details to their Autumn tree art!
Optional – To prevent the chalk pastels from smudging, adults can apply a light layer of fixative or hair spray.
Don’t forget to display your unique and beautiful fall art project proudly in your home or classroom!
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