Creating Spiritual Connections
for Young People
& the young at heart
Wonders Of God
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 27:4
“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
SING: The Wonders
of God are all around
SAY: Who Painted the leaves?For story written by M. Rhyne click here.
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
When we see
red, like maples, this color is made in the fall from food
When we see brown, like in oaks, this color is from the wastes left in the leaves.
CLOSING OF PRESENTATION:
PROJECTS: Preschool – Kindergarten
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.
Prepare blue construction paper with outline of tree.
Write “Thanks, God” at top of paper.
colored paints, red, yellow, orange, green, brown,
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
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
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
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.
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.