Fall Leaf Print

I’m always looking for hands-on, tactile sensory activities for Jackson. We think he might be a highly sensitive person and because of that he’s always been kinda weary of getting wet or dirty (sounds just like his parents!). So, everyday I try to find an activity that will gently work on getting him comfortable with the feeling of mud, dirt or in this project, paint on his hands. Most of the time it’s just free play with homemade Play-Doh or Cloud Dough but the other day we made this Fall print and it came out so nice, I figured I’d share it!


– silk leaf
– paint (Fall colors)
– adhesive letters
– thick paper
– plastic lid

1. Use adhesive letters to spell out “Happy Fall” or anything else. Wanted to write out “Be Thankful” but didn’t have the right letters.
2. Squeeze tablespoon sized dollops of each paint color onto plastic lid.
2. Allow child to dip portions of the the silk leaf into each color.
3. Press leaf onto paper.
4. Repeat over and over until words are covered completely or until your child complains that his hands are too messy! ūüėÄ
5. Allow paint to dry completely and then peel off letters.
6. Hang and appreciate your child’s art!


About Vanessa Brady

Vanessa Brady is a craft blogger, mother of two boys, and a hot sauce junkie. She's been running Tried & True for over 7 years and her tutorials have been featured in numerous craft books and publications.


  1. Thank you for sharing this fun project. I saw that someone had pinned it on Pinterest and I did this today with my home daycare toddlers. Only we just fingerpainted instead of using a leaf. One loved getting his hands dirty and the other was not so sure about it. Again great activity and I can not wait to take the stickers off to see how they turned out.


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