This activity idea was inspired by a page in the book Autumblings by Douglas Florian (as well as the words in his poem Awe-tumn.):
After reading the poem, we went on a leaf walk--basically, just walked through our neighborhood looking for pretty leaves. Once I explained that we were looking for certain colors, Juliet seemed to catch on and get excited about it. She would spot a red leaf and exclaim, "Oh, here's a red one!" Then totally on her own, she said to me, "My favorite color of leaf is red. What is your favorite?" I said, "Yellow." She thought for a minute and then said, "What's your SECOND favorite?" I said, "red." And that seemed to satisfy her. It was really cute.
After we collected a fair amount, we brought them home and did our craft. I cut out a simple palette shape from yellow construction paper and squeezed some white Elmer's glue into a dish. I gave Juliet a paint brush and told her to glue them onto the palette. She had so much fun with this. Glue activities generally go over well at our house.
I tried gluing a few down, just to see what it was like, and several of our drier leaves crumbled almost instantly. We found that the fresher leaves (the more green) did better with the gluing process. (An even BETTER option would have been to press the leaves before trying to work with them, but we didn't want to wait.) So, you can see we didn't get many of our prettier ones on there, but we still were able to enjoy them (before they crumbled into dust).
Juliet's fall palette.
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