Secondary Color Fall Trees

K Fall Trees

Kindergarten discussed the changes that occur when it becomes Fall and what happens to primary colors when you mix them together. 


  • 12″x18″ white paper with 3 trees  (example below)
  • Green, white, and brown crayons
  • Blue watercolor paint
  • Water bowls
  • Paint brushes
  • Q-tips
  • Yellow, Red, and Blue Tempera or Acrylic paint
  • Paint palettes/trays

K Fall Trees 3:


  1. Using your green crayons, color in the grass which is the space below the horizon line.  Push down hard.
  2. Color the tree trunk and branches brown.  Push down hard.
  3. With the white crayon, color a few clouds in the sky.  You won’t be able to see them until we paint over them.
  4. Paint your entire paper with blue watercolor paint.  (You don’t have to paint over the grass, but I knew a lot of my kindergarten students would probably do it anyway.  Doesn’t make too big of a difference unless you didn’t push down hard with your green crayon.)
  5. Let dry.
  6. Starting with yellow and blue tempera paint, use one Q-tip for each color and make dots all over the tree to the left.  I had my students do the darker color first and then fill in the rest of the space with yellow dots.
  7. Then, move onto the middle tree.  Make red dots all over the branches and then switch Q-tips and paint yellow dots all over the tree.
  8. Lastly, paint blue dots all over the tree on the right side of your paper, then paint red dots all over.  The colors should start to mix in areas, creating secondary colors.
  9. Let dry!


Teacher example


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