Fall Craft Idea: How To Make Your Own Leaf Book
Oct 07, 2013 02:17PM
By Tiffany Malloy
“What are these red things? Can we eat them?”“Wow, this one has three different kinds of leaves!”Then, we brought the leaves home and learned how to press them between books. We left them there for a week or so.Then, we used our leaves to make a mini-leaf book that we can add to as we identify more trees. We simply taped our leaves on half pieces of construction paper, labeled and hole-punched the paper, and placed them all inside a full-size piece of construction paper, folded in half. Of course we had to decorate the front with fall-themed stickers, because everyone knows that EVERYTHING is better with stickers.
For parents who are not used to identifying trees, there is a great free app that you use in figuring out Wisconsin trees in particular, called Key to Woody Plants of Wisconsin Forests. However, if you want your child to identify the tree you can use EEK!, which guides them through a list of questions that will help them to accurately identify the tree. The good thing about this project is that the whole family can be involved (even my two-year-old could participate!), and it is something you can do bit-by-bit on your way to somewhere else. You will definitely want to start soon though—before the leaves are all gone!Tiffany Malloy is a stay-at-home mom of 4 kids under age 6. When she’s not changing diapers, getting snacks, or (re)organizing the craft closet, she’s volunteering in her local community or exploring her new city of Madison. Tiffany also blogs at Play Eat Grow, a site dedicated to the three things families do most: playing, eating, and growing. Although she is new to the area, she is already proud to be a Wisconsin Parent.