|This picture has a flurry of fall leaves|
flying wildly all over--and note the piles on the ground.
I'm so glad I'm not raking all of those leaves up!
I shared a nice little book called "Leaf Jumpers," by Carole Gerber with the children. This book was different than I expected--it's a fiction book. It described the sound, shapes and colors of leaves and identifies eight different kinds of leaf shapes within its pages. This would be a great book to read before going on a leaf hunt! It got us thinking about the colors and shapes of leaves. It also had some very poetic ways of describing the colors of the leaves: "...flame bright and vivid like a match." The back of the book has a little page on the science of leaves and why they change color.
- One 12" x 18" piece of construction paper for background (light blue or whatever color you'd like)
- One 9" x 12" piece of brown construction paper for tree trunk and branches
- Glue stick
- Wine Corks
- Paper plates for paint palettes
- Red, Orange, Yellow, and Brown Tempera Paint
- Newspapers to cover work surface
Fall Leaf Rubbings:
When the children were done, they could move over to a couple tables where I had long sheets of newsprint from a roll, taped down. Under the paper, I had placed different types of leaves. They then could use flat-sided crayons to do rubbings and discover the different leaves I had "hidden" under the paper. This was a nice project to keep little hands busy for the last five minutes of class.