Supplies: white drawing paper, black pen, leaf tracers (optional – we used leaf shape templates cut from file folders)
The girls and I both spent a long time working on these leaves. It was fun to peek at each other’s papers to get more ideas for patterns!
Here is Delaney’s (age 5) – you can see she did one of her leaves with letters:
Here is Natalie’s (age 6) – she loved doing this so much, she made a patterned willow tree later in the day, too!
Based on the recommendation by Mona Brooks in her popular book Drawing with Children, I purchased Flair black felt pens for the girls to use. I am loving these pens and so are the girls! They are inexpensive and quick-drying, so we have had no smearing or bleeding when we draw. Love it! We are just starting to do some of the beginning exercises in the Drawing with Children book and I am enjoying learning some drawing skills along with the girls.