'Tis the season!
We did our first leaf walk today because the colors are starting to really change and Sam loves the yellow leaves. I gave her a small bag for collecting and we did a long walk through our neighborhood. At various points the girls got distracted by dandelion puffs, acorns and even a family selling pumpkins! But we always returned to looking for great colorful leaves that we could put in our plant press.
So, what will we do with the leaves? Well, we didn't get to any crafts today but there are TONS of ideas out there waiting for us.
We have done a lot of crafts in the past with leaves. You can check out a list of them here.
I also found a few fun sites with ideas that I am excited to check out.
Enchanted Learning - this one has some neat leaf printables; I think I may print some of these for quiet time activities for Sam.
Making Friends - a lot of these crafts don't look like they use real leaves but I think you could use real leaves even when they say to use fake leaves.
Apples 4 The Teacher - this one has good looking crafts but it also has an AWESOME book list! It is a complete Fall unit so there are activities and ideas in all areas of learning. So fun!
The Nitty Gritty!
Fall is a great time to collect but be sure that your little ones know that you are collecting for a reason. It is important that they understand we don't just go into nature and take whatever we want, as much as we want. Every part of nature has a purpose and role in nature. If we remove too much we can change things. Sam is very aware of how we collect, what she is allowed to collect and that we always do something with the things that we collect.
On another note...if you want to press your leaves it is important that your little one knows the leaves still have to have moisture in them. I tell Sam that the leaves can't be "crunchy" yet. Leaves that are too dried out will not press well so be sure to stick with leaves that are freshly fallen from the trees!