No doubt there are fantastic artists who could create a whole miniature scene on their leaf. For my kindergartner, the project was more about the novelty of using nature as the canvas.
We found some giant leaves on a nature walk and knew those were the ones to use!
At first, he painted along the lines of the leaf’s veins, which was great for reinforcing a recent science unit on trees and nutrition.
Then he had fun blending colors and seeing how they mixed on the leaf.
At the end, he liked making big blobs of paint.
Whether your little Picasso makes something abstract, something highly detailed, or just has fun smearing paint, this was a simple and fun alternative to painting on paper.