|Here's the "Leaf Man"Book.|
Another book by Ehlert that is also perfect
for this time of year is "Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf" as well...
- Read the book "Leaf Man." How did the Illustrator, Ms. Ehlert, use natural materials such as leaves to make animals, insects, and people?
- Talk about background. Notice the backgrounds in the book--how are they made? Are they all the same?
- Show the students how to tear a piece of scrapbook paper in half in an interesting way. Now we have two pieces of paper. They can be layered this way (demonstrate) to create different types of backgrounds: a lake with mountains in the back, etc. Trade one of your pieces with someone in the classroom and practice making different backgrounds until you get one that you like.
- Glue down the background pieces onto a third piece of scrapbook paper using a glue stick.
- Create a leaf person, a leaf critter or both on your background. Don't glue the nature pieces down right away--try out different leaves and seeds. When you are happy, then glue it down using goopy glue (Elmer's glue). I had eyeball stickers on hand for them to add as well--the kids like that! But you could use googly eyes, draw the eyes using a Sharpie, or only use natural elements like Ehlert does.
- Let dry and enjoy!!