To make their leaf kids drew or traced a leaf shape on a piece of white or colored paper. They chose six strips of tissue and tore them into smaller pieces to get them ready for their collage (easier to do when hands are dry). They brushed a little liquid starch onto their paper added some tissue colors and painted over the top to smooth the papers down. We used the "Dip, dip, wipe" chant to encourage good brush handling and prevent glue from dripping on table tops. After the leaves dried they carefully cut them out.
There are lots of wonderful children's books to pair this project with. This year we read "Fall Leaves Fall" by Zoe Hall, "Have You Seen Trees" by Joanne Oppenheirm, and "Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf" by Lois Elhert.
My garland is in one very long string right now. I'll probably snip it into smaller sections and hang it in front of windows. When we're done displaying I'll snip and add a paper clip hanger so each child can take home their single hanging leaf.
Have a great day!