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When Seasons Paint
Autumn Season Tactile Painting Activity

I don’t know about you, but I love fall. It is my favorite time of year. I love the colors, the smells, the decorations, the crafts and so much more. I like to get a jump start on the craft. So even though it’s not officially fall, we have already started creating fall masterpieces at Let’s Learn With Style.

"PA220131.jpg" by Bailiwick Studios at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Image courtesy of Bailiwick Studios at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

This year we decided to get started with a little tactile painting activity. We first read a few books about the changing leaves on the trees for even more excited anticipation about the painting activity. Our favorites are The Fall That Almost Was Not by Jimmy Kelly, Autumn Snow by Flitzy Books, Squirrel’s Fall by Mark Povey and Why Did The Leaf Fall? By Anat Umansky. We decided to build on what we had learned about in the books and create a tree scene with falling leaves.

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First you will need to gather your materials.

  • Paint (we used fall colors)
  • Thick paper such as card stock or a canvas for painting on
  • Painters tape
  • A plate to put your paint colors on
  • Your fingers for painting (rhis is great for tactile kids)
  • A wet wash cloth or baby wipes to wipe of your fingers as you paint


  • Tape a tree design on to your paper or canvas
  • Be as creative as you like
  • You may also tape a few falling leaves or any other designs you may want in your painting
  • Use your fingers to paint around the tape. We used a variety of colors and overlapped them in several places.


  • Make sure to paint over the edges of the paint to allow for the negative space when you peel the tape away


  • Be careful not to use too much paint so your painting will dry in a timely manner
  • Once you are done painting allow your painting to dry thoroughly
  • Once it is dry peel the tape off carefully. You will be left with a beautiful fall painting!


I really love the shadow effect it creates in the black paper. Please post photos of your paintings in the comments so I can see your beautiful work.

What fun fall crafts have you been doing?

"Autumn Reflection" by David Ohmer at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Image courtesy of David Ohmer at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

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7 Comments on "When Seasons Paint
Autumn Season Tactile Painting Activity"

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Sue Parke

First of all, I love the title of this! It’s creative. 2nd, I love the painting project! Your daughter is quite an artist! I’m impressed!

Nicole Escat

Wow, looks so nice. My son loves coloring but I haven’t tried painting on him, maybe I should buy him the tools he needed.

Stephanie Cox

We have the tools to do this same craft this weekend. I try to do one craft every Sunday as a family.

Kimberly F

I always shy away from crafts that involve paint because of the mess, but this one looks too good to pass up! So pretty!


That looks like so much fun! Our kids love to get paint on their hands.