This craft was one of those ideas that I had and hoped I wouldn’t regret. Food coloring, small eye droppers that squirt and a toddler could have been a recipe for disaster. But not only did we have fun and survive, how awesome are those Fall food coloring leaves? I was planning on posting this next week but couldn’t wait to share. We have been talking a lot about the changing colors we see on our trees. This could also be used for a fun garland of food coloring leaves if you don’t want to make a branch.
Fall Food Coloring Leaves
- Gather your materials. You will need some coffee filters, a large piece of construction paper (white or brown), red, yellow, and green food coloring, eye droppers,3 small dishes, water, crayons, scissors, and glue.
- Start by drawing a branch.
- Have your child color the branch. They can add more branches if they like, too!
- While they do that, draw leaves on the coffee filters.
- Pour some water along with the food coloring into the small containers, pop the eye droppers in ( one per color). A big tip – put a thick fabric placemat under your child when they are doing this step. It will absorb the coloring so it doesn’t get on other things. Of course, this will stain it so do not use your new William Sonoma ones!
- Using the eyedropper, drop the colors onto the coffee filter leaves.
- Use multiple colors for each leaf if you want. Using an eye dropper is intricate and helps develop your child’s fine motor skills.
- Let dry. Ours dried overnight.
- Cut out the branch
- Cut out the leaves
- Add glue to the branch
- Add your fall food coloring leaves and let dry.