Window Stenciling


  • Leaves in different shapes and sizes
  • Masking tape
  • Sponge
  • Clothespins
  • Tempera paint (orange, yellow, red, and brown), liquid
  • Newspaper


  1. On a fall walk with your child, collect several different types and colors of leaves.
  2. At home, attach rolled pieces of masking tape to the backsides of the leaves and arrange them on the window in the way you want them to appear in stenciled form.
  3. Make sure the leaves lay flat against the glass.
  4. Dip small pieces of sponge clipped onto clothespins into liquid tempera paints in fall colors.
  5. Blot on newspaper to absorb excess paint, then lightly dab the sponge around the edge of each leaf.
  6. Use a new piece of sponge for each color.
  7. When the paint is dry, carefully remove the leaves, leaving the outlines on the window.
  8. The leaf patterns can be easily removed with window cleaner.


Copyright © 1998 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Preschooler's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

To order this book visit Meadowbrook Press.


Top 2015 Halloween Costumes for Kids
Will your child transform into a dinosaur, a superhero, or the latest Disney princess on October 31? Take a look at 2015's hottest Halloween costumes for boys and girls of all ages!

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

8 Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Activities for Kids
Halloween can be too scary and gory for preschoolers and kids of all ages. Find non-scary Halloween activities and party ideas that make this creepy holiday more kid-friendly.

Ready for Kindergarten?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks