It's everyone's favorite time of year, and that means its time for a fall themed coloring page from Melanie Hope Greenberg, the children's book illustrator and author who graces us with a new coloring page each month. When Melanie suggested this fall leaf design for our September coloring sheet, I immediately knew I could turn it into a fun craft. I wasn't exactly sure how it would turn out, but I figured, let's give it a shot, the fun is always in the experimenting!
Now, of course there is nothing wrong with printing this beautiful page out and simply coloring it to your heart's content.
Download and Print (by clicking on the following link you agree to our terms of service* see below) --> Leaves coloring page
You can get out the colored pencils, crayons, pens, pastels, whatever floats your boat and go to town...
But if you or your kids are feeling a little crafty, try making it into a gorgeous fall leaf suncatcher to brighten up a window. (Note: supply links are affiliate links)
1. Print out the coloring page.
2. Place a clear sheet of static cling paper on top of the coloring page
3. Trace coloring page outline with a black Sharpie on the back side of the cling paper. I used a chisel tip Sharpie.
4. Let dry. I like to wait about 20 minutes just to be sure.
5. Flip over clip paper and color as desired with permanent markers like these. Not all markers will work on this type of paper.
6. Let dry at least an hour.
7. Place on window! (Sharpie side goes against the glass)
What I love about this cling paper is that it sticks to the window using static cling. No stickiness! No having to wet the glass! Upon removal you might find a bit of ink residue on the glass. It comes off easy-peasy with rubbing alcohol.
But wait! There's more! If you don't want to make a clear fall leaf suncatcher, try one of these ideas:
- Print out on heavy card stock, color, cut out circle. Punch a hole in the top and thread a ribbon through the hole to hang up and admire.
- Before printing, reduce the size by 50%, print out 10 or more. After coloring, tape the discs to a string to make a pretty banner. This would be a great collaborative project for a classroom or library workshop.
However you use this fall leaf coloring page, it will brighten up your fall days!
And of course I would not leave you (there's a pun in there somewhere) with only one fall coloring page! Here are a few more:
Meet the illustrator:
Melanie Hope Greenberg is an award winning author and illustrator of more than 15 children’s books and she loves to teach about the art of children's books in the classroom! Her cheerful book, Mermaids on Parade, which depicts the iconic Coney Island celebratory Mermaid Parade, was selected as a Bank Street Best Book, and for the Texas Reading Club and PBS Kids Summer Reading Lists.
Melanie also does wonderful school and library visits where she shares with children the process of writing and illustrating children's books. Learn more about her visits at her website.
Melanie's recently illustrated Americanly, an ode to the beautiful diversity of the United States. Written by Lynn Parish Sutton, it is a fun book to read to preschoolers and early elementary students as part of the social studies curriculum. You can order it directly from Melanie here.
Are you looking for the perfect book gift? I’m sure you know a kid who likes diggers! Or mermaids? Or subways? Melanie signs all copies of her books purchased through her Amazon vendor link.
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