Looking for a colorful fall art project for kids? This gorgeous activity is a beautiful way to learn about shapes and colors as children create a keepsake masterpiece.

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Circle Trees

Getting Ready

To get ready, I gathered supplies for each student:

  • One 9″ x 12″ piece of white construction or sulphite drawing paper for the background
  • Various 4″ x 4″ pieces of construction paper in fall colors for treetop circles
  • Scissors
  • Circle tracers
  • Pencils
  • Glue
  • Thin brown strips of construction paper for tree trunks

Circle Trees

Creating Various Circles

First, I had the children choose at least two pieces of peach, yellow, orange, and red construction paper.

We talked about how they’re called “warm colors” and are located on one side of the color wheel – across from the “cool” blue, green and purple.

Once children selected their paper, I asked them to draw different sized circles using a pencil.

TIP: If your students are unsure how to draw circles on their own, use common objects from your home or classroom like lids, toys, large coins, and buttons as stencils.

Circle Trees

When the traced circles were complete, I handed out the scissors so students could cut out their circles.

I encouraged younger artists to hold the scissors away from their body and spin the paper while cutting to make it easier to form the round shape.

Students continued cutting until all of the circles were complete.

Creating the Trees

Next, students applied glue on the back of the cut circles and placed them on the white background paper.

I suggested gluing a large circle down first and layering a smaller circle on top in the center of the larger circle.

Circle Trees

Then we cut the brown paper into small sections to create the tree trunks.

When the trees dried, we lined up the masterpieces to create a bright and colorful fall forest on our classroom wall!

It was fun to see all the creativity and colors that students used to create gorgeous pieces of autumn art.

Circle Trees

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