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Autumn Colors
Shine Through


  • Arts & Humanities
    --Visual Arts
  • Science
    --Life Sciences


  • K-2
  • 3-5


Brief Description

Let autumn shine through with colorful window decorations.



  • follow directions to create a colorful work of fall art.


autumn, leaf, leaves, fall

Materials Needed[shopmaterials]

  • wax paper
  • scissors
  • crayons in bright fall colors (orange, red, yellow)
  • iron

Lesson Plan

To create colorful stained-glass window decorations, provide students with a 12-inch square sheet of wax paper and a variety of crayons in brilliant fall colors (for example, red, orange, and yellow). Instruct students to

  • fold their sheet of wax paper in half, then open it again.
  • use their scissors to gently shave the crayons, letting shavings (smaller shavings are better) fall to one half of the sheet of wax paper.
  • fold the half of the wax paper without shavings on top of the half with shavings.
  • use an iron, set on medium heat, to iron the sheet of wax paper so that the crayon shavings melt.
  • trace the outline of a leaf on the wax paper. (For younger students, you might provide a leaf silhouette to be traced.)
  • cut the leaf pattern.
  • use transparent tape to seal any loose edges of the wax paper.
  • tape the colorful "stained-glass" leaves to the windows, or hang them by string in front of the windows so the outdoor light shines through.

    Lesson Plan Source

    National Standards

    Submitted By

    Gary Hopkins

    FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
    GRADES K - 4
    NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
    NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
    FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
    GRADES K - 4
    NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
    GRADES 5 - 8
    NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes

    GRADES K - 4
    NS.K-4.3 Life Science

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    This lesson was originally posted on 09/14/2005



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