Designs for Leaf Art by Children: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

October 29, 2013

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Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Designs for Coloring Leaves by Ruth Heller
  • Step-by-step inspiration for Designs for Leaf Art
  • Giving children freedom to explore and express themselves artistically.

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Designs for Coloring Leaves by Ruth Heller

Why we love this book:

My children are not much interested in coloring books. When I found Designs for Coloring Leaves, I took a chance on what I felt was a more advanced and open ended coloring book. Ruth Heller’s design book features thirty-one original black line leaf illustrations.

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The detailed leaf illustrations are especially nice for my South Texas kiddos who do not get to experience a vibrant show of fall color. Quite a variety of leaf species are highlighted. Each leaf design begins with one great big leaf displayed on the page. The next page displays two leaves. The third page repeats the leaf design over and over again in small format. The pages are one sided, making them easy to color with crayons, markers, paint, pastels, etc.

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Designs for Leaf Art by Children

Like most kids, my kiddos are quite creative. Additionally, they are familiar with many different art mediums. Playing off of their enjoyment for experimenting with different art materials, Designs for Leaf Art began as an open-ended art experience. First, we referred back to the “Look What I Did with a Leaf Art” the children created last week. Next, we reviewed our book Designs for Coloring Leaves. From there, I challenged the children, “You can pick any page from the book and create a piece of artwork. You can use paints, markers, pastels or any other art materials. ”

Supplies

  • Designs for Coloring Leaves by Ruth Heller
  • You can also print FREE black-line pages from Leaf Coloring Pages for Kids
  • variety of art materials

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Designs for Leaf Art, MacGyver, age 10

Step 1: Select a Design Page to “Color”

  • Both of the children picked the great big leaf designs.
  • We ripped them right out of the book.
  • (This caused MacGyver much grief. After all, his mother has preached the preciousness of books!)

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Designs for Leaf Art, Miss Enigma, age 6

Step 2: “Color” Leaf

  • Both of my children chose to water color paint their leaves; however, they were given the option to use any art mediums: crayons, markers, paint, oil pastels, soft pastels . . .

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Step 3: “Color” a Border

  • MacGyver painted a border around his leaf.
  • Miss Enigma did not paint a border.

Step 4: Cut Out Leaf Design

  •  Both of the children chose to use our paper edging scissors to cut a creative border.

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 Designs for Leaf Art, Miss Enigma, age 6

Step 5: Mount Leaf on Contrasting Paper

  • MacGyver pulled out the black construction paper as he thought the leaf would show well on the dark background.

Step 6: Decorate a Border on the Background Paper

  • Both of the children used soft pastels to create a background border.

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Designs for Leaf Art, Mixed Media, MacGyver, age 10

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Designs for Leaf Art, Mixed Media, Miss Enigma, age 6

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Designs for Coloring Leaves: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Designs for Coloring Leaves by Ruth Heller

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Do  your children enjoy coloring books or do they prefer blank paper?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, November 3, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, November 4, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan October 29, 2013 at 6:05 pm

I am a preschool teacher and my children like both… :)

Robin October 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm

I am a preschool teacher and we are told to use blank paper, but I like both..

Gidget October 29, 2013 at 6:22 pm

My kids liked blank paper – even when I gave my daughter a coloring book, she never stayed in the lines….and, now she is an amazing artist, so I guess it was ok! :)

elizabeth708 October 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Looks like a terrific book! Makes me want to color. :)

Tara H October 29, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Our five boys like blank paper but they also enjoy some coloring books too. This book looks great!

Jeannine October 30, 2013 at 8:21 am

I like this book by Ruth Heller because it is like a science book featuring a collection of real leaves.

tammy cordery October 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm

My son likes coloring books my daughter likes a blank sheets of paper.

Dianne October 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm

My 3 year old likes both.

Natalie October 31, 2013 at 4:22 pm

My daughter doesn’t really enjoy either coloring or drawing, but I don’t want to lose hope! Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

Jeannine November 1, 2013 at 8:21 am

Natalie, thanks for dropping in from the After School Hop!

Anna@The Measured Mom November 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm

My kids will take out coloring books occasionally, but they prefer blank paper.

Anna@The Measured Mom November 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm

These are truly beautiful – love all your art and book connections! Thanks for linking up with us!

Ellie November 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I have a 10-year-old niece who loves coloring books. I’ll have to keep this one in mind for her. But here at our home, we haven’t gotten into coloring books yet. We prefer art where the object is to make a big mess!

Jeannine November 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

Ellie, Ruth Heller has several different themes available such as butterflies, sea life, flowers, snowflakes, etc. You can select one that your niece would like.

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