Creating Spiritual Connections

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Wonders Of God
autumn colors



Wonders Of God







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SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 27:4    “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
                                              that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
                                              all the days of my life.
                                              to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
                                              and to seek God in God's temple.”        NIV


Find pictures of trees with fall colored leaves and display on bulletin board.

Bring collected leaves from trees. 

Protect tables with shower curtains or plastic table cloths

Secure paint shirts.


SING:   The Wonders of God are all around
             Just open your eyes and see.
                                         For music score click here.  


SAY:    Who Painted the leaves?

                        For story written by M. Rhyne click here.



Have you seen the beautiful colors on the trees?

What colors are there?

        Red, gold, green, brown, maroon, yellow

What about the colors of the flowers, pumpkins, grasses, soybeans.

Let’s look at the leaves.

How did God plan for the leaves to change color?


Use white board and draw pictures with colors if you can.

Plants/trees make their own food.

They take water from the ground through their roots.

From the air they take a gas called carbon dioxide.

Sunlight and chlorophyll helps the water and carbon dioxide turn into food                          (sugar).

This is called photosynthesis, which means putting together with light.

            Chlorophyll is green.

It gives the leaves their green color.

          As summer ends and autumn comes, days get shorter and shorter.

          Trees know it is time to get ready for winter.

          Many plants stop making food in the fall.

          The chlorophyll goes away.

          When we see orange and yellow colors, we know that these colors were in
                the leaves all summer, but the green covered them up.

          When we see red, like maples, this color is made in the fall from food
                trapped in the leaves.

          When we see brown, like in oaks, this color is from the wastes left in the leaves.



I think it’s great that all this color change happens at this time of the year close to the holiday, Thanksgiving, so we can say, “Thanks, God.” 

PROJECTS:  Preschool – Kindergarten

1. Pasting small pieces of cloth of autumn colors  or  small torn pieces of colored paper for leaves onto a tree trunk. 


            8 1/2” x 11” manila paper

            brown/black paper tree trunk pasted on manilla paper. 

                        (older students may tear or cut their own ‘trunks’.)

            write “Thanks, God” at top of paper

            have prepared small pieces of cloth or paper leaves of autumn colors.

            glue poured onto small paper plate and Q-tips ready.

            Add iridescent Paint with Q/tips if available.


Project:  Using Q-tips dipped into glue, touch the Q-tip to two or three places and then stick a colored ‘leaf’ (cloth or paper) to that spot.  Continue adding glue and ‘leaves’  until the tree is aflame with color.

2. Painting leaves with sponges


            Prepare blue construction paper with outline of tree.

            Write “Thanks, God” at top of paper. 

            Autumn colored paints, red, yellow, orange, green, brown,
                     on paper plate palettes.

            Small pieces, approximately 1 inch, of sponge

            clip clothespins to hold sponges.

            wet paper towels on plastic plates

            Have brushes ready if they want.


Project:  Dab sponge caught in clip clothespin into paint and make leaves on the tree. 

Use different sponges for different colors and/or combine colors for different colored leaves.  


PROJECTS:  Older Students

1.  Leaves via finger prints.


            One brush per easel.

            Put large easel sized paper on easel.

            Set up easel with five autumn colors of paint in the paint tray

                        red, orange, yellow, green, brown

            With brush child paints a skeleton of a tree – no leaves.


 Project:  Using a finger they touch in one color of paint and print a leaf on the  tree.
               Use all the colors and all fingers.  Multiple colors on one finger
               make interesting leaves. 

2. A Vine of Different Colored Leaves*

Set area up first: 

                        newspaper pads, (Fold a sheet of newspaper into a hand-size section.)

                        manila paper for practice

                        palette (paper plate)

                                    with red, yellow, brown, white and black tempera paint

                        collected leaves to choose from

                        large brush to paint leaves

                        paper plates

                        6” x 12” pieces of blue, gray brown, and black construction paper



Have ready:   thin paint brushes to make vine after printing is finished

                      containers of contrasting colors of paint for spattering

                      tooth brushes – Old ones washed in dishwasher are good. 

                      tongue depressors



Demonstrate: how to draw a meandering pencil line for a vine on the paper from the short side, the 6,” side of the paper to the other short side of the paper.  

how to brush the paint on the smooth side of the leaf.  No raised veins.

One or two colors may be used.


Practice on the manila paper. 


Project:  Students put tempera paint on leaf and print on long paper as if attached to the vine.  (If tempera paint is too thick and won’t print put a few drops of water to thin.)


Students add as many leaves above and below the vine as wanted.  Using a thin paint brush or a crayon draw/color the vine line.


Demonstrate:  how to make spatters with tooth brushes and tongue depressors using a contrasting color.   After ‘hitting’ the tooth brushes on side of container to get rid of excess paint, pull the brush across the top of the tongue depressor to make spatters on their picture. 


Students add spatters to their oblong line of leaves. 

Then they stand back and admire them.


*This project was in the November, 2012 issue of Arts and Activities.  The writer, Phyllis Gilchrist Lambert, gave permission to include this in my website. 



SUGGESTION:  Language arts activity:

            God’s wonder, autumn colors

                        I see red __________________.

                        I see green _______________.

                        I see gold _________________.

                        I see grown ______________.


POEM:      I see Moses' flaming bush, green pastures for the sheep

                  gold presents to the babe the brown of mustard seedl

                  God's creation in its awesome beauty so wondrous to behold

                  goes hand in hand with the Creator's story,

                  love for humankind, as told thru the beauty of the autumn leaves.


PRAYER:  Thank you, God, for the beautiful colors of autumn.

                  Thank you for showing us your beauty.  Amen.