Everyone appreciates the beauty of the colorful leaves in autumn. The changing of the leaves seems almost magical to young children. Understanding the “why” behind this amazing display, however, can be very challenging for first graders.
Here’s the science behind the magic: the colors, or pigments, are always in the leaves but are masked by the green in the leaves' chlorophyll. In the fall, as the trees prepare to become dormant, their production of chlorophyll slows, revealing the other hidden pigments in the leaves. In this activity, help your child understand how leaves show their "true colors" with the help of a beautiful scratch art painting.