Painting fall trees with egg cartons in preschool

After a little fun with fall leaves on the flannel board, we explored a little fall leaf egg carton printing..

The children started by drawing their own fall tree branches on a sheet of paper…

Then they dipped the bottom of a cut-up egg carton container into some red, yellow, or orange paint…

Next, they pressed the egg cartons on the paper to make fall leaf prints…

Each child chose a little different approach to their painting with the egg carton…

Some of the children preferred to go up and down with the egg carton and others chose to rub the egg cartons around on their paper…

Although we had paint on the bottom of the egg cartons when we finished, I still saved the egg cartons to use again for another day…

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  1. says

    Yes, simple but “new” idea for me. One thing I love about blogs. Even after 15 years I can find a new twist on things. Easy to get in a rut when it comes to projects. Anyway, this is a perfect project for tomorrow! I think we’ll work together and make a fall tree for the entranceway. Like another reader mentioned, I have a 2 year old that doesn’t like to get paint on him and every time he uses a brush he gets it on him somehow or another so we’ll try it with egg cartons! Thanks for the idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      I have some children that do not like getting paint on their hands so this did seem to be a nice alternative. Have fun with your project!!

  2. says

    oh, I had never thought of this! How creative & fun! I love recycling & crafting crafts! :) The trees came out great & it’s always nice to see how different the kids finished products come out.

    Hope to see you share on the Sunday Showcase


  3. says

    These turned out great. I agree with Amber- love how simple it is… and yet, something I wouldn’t have thought of. I have tons of egg cartons stacked in my “trash” cupboard… this could be fun to do with a Halloween theme too. White paint on black paper (dragging them a bit) and make lots of little ghosts… or orange paint and make lots of little pumpkins. Love it when your ideas move me to try something different.

    PS- I shared your blog on my new weekly Sunday Blog Share post.

    Thanks for your wonderful ideas!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. says

      I liked that it made four at once – I think we will explore it some more so the children can see other ways to use the ‘four-print’ process…