The Leaf Project started with mod-podging the dried leaves that the parents brought.
The parents researched the names of the leaves and kindly labeled it on the zipper bag.
Wouldn't it be great when each child brings a leaf (at least) with the name and we get to know at least 6 names of the leaves? I was thrilled about the projects to be unfolded. When I thought we had enough leaves to do several projects, we were ready to take off.
This parent even put air in the zipper bag for not crushing the leaf. How thoughtful that was!
1. "Not a Stick"
At first, we read the book, "Not a Stick!" by Antoinette Portis and the children unfolded their imagination and creativity. I gave each child a twig on a piece of paper and they filled out the rest.
2. Leaf Man
The second book we explored was Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. The illustrations of the book were quite provoking to the children's imagination. We used the leaves, twigs, goggley eyes, chalk markers and oil pastels to make their leaf man. See the funny faces they created!
Little Picasso (3's) children are working hard.
Little Matisse (2's) children are having fun as well!
The leaf-men are as playful as themselves!
3. Fall Wreath
It would be a nice gift for the family and the children were so proud of their works!
4. Leaf Identification
The children are working on the maple and dogwood leaves with pom pom painting.
Making ash leaves required some hand-eye coordinations!
Look at our leaf collection!
Maple, red oak, white oak, aspen, dogwood, sugar maple, elm, ash, aspen and adagio grass, etc.
The oak leaf lacing was fun and the children were persistent to do it. The children were fascinated about the different shapes of the red oak and white oak leaves. They said, "the red oak is pointy and the white oak is round like reindeer's antler!"
Now when they come in the morning, the children gather around the wall and play "leaf identification" with the teachers!
We are so grateful for the parents' support!
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