By Nancy Cavanaugh
This is an easy project
for the little ones to do and a great lesson plan for early
What you need:
White construction paper
Crayons - orange, yellow and red
Leaves - various shapes and sizes
1. Go outside and have
the child(ren) choose four or five different leaves that have
a lot of texture and vary in size.
2. Put a leaf under a
piece of construction paper.
3. Rub the side of a crayon
on the paper over the leaf.
4. Repeat for all the
leaves, using different colors or color combinations for each
5. Cut out the leaves
and hang on the wall or windows, or make a leaf garland out
of them to hang around the house or classroom.
You can talk about what
trees the leaves came from and the process that happens in
the fall that causes the leaves to fall. For more information,
check out the Science Made Simple website at http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/leaves.html
or EEK! (short for Environmental Education for Kids, which
is sponsored by the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources) at
Nancy Cavanaugh, is
a stay-at-home mom and avid crafter. You can find lots more
fun crafts for kids, ages three to seven, at her site: Kids
Holiday Crafts www.kidsholidaycrafts.com