Kamryn, age 4 and Sarah, age 12 really enjoy art, and Kyle does it because I ask him to, as he just said, "It's not my top subject. That would be math."
A few weeks ago I had them paint using fall colors. I keep pads of watercolor paper (very inexpensive at craft stores) and watercolor packs and brushes in our art box, so this is easy to get started. I am all about easy.
They did some great papers, Sarah even added texture using bubble wrap. You can see it on this last painting. The next day I had them paint the backside of the paper too, because I had a project for fall decor in mind.
This past week I traced an oak leaf cookie cutter on the pages and then we cut them out. Kyle took a hole punch and we strung it on twine, and hung it in the front window.
There were a few leaves from papers that had only been painted on one side, so we took fall color crayons and quickly scribbled the backs of those. We didn't want some to be white on the back.
I think it turned out so well, and it makes me smile to look at it. This is a great project to do with kids, and easy. And like I said, I am all about things being easy!
Let me know if you give this a try!