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If you live in an area where the leaves are starting to change colors talk a walk and gather several of those leaves. Spend this time to talk about the seasons and how some trees look different in different times of the year.
The boys and I walked down our road to Bidwell Park, it’s a nature park, with a creek that runs down the middle and is full of bike paths, trees, wild animals and is just a perfect place to talk about nature. We gathered some of the fresher leaves that had fallen off of the trees to take home. We tried to gather both green (we pulled those off of the tree), and at least of each color represented in the changing season. There’s not a whole lot of changing trees yet, but enough to gather a few beautiful red leaves.
When we got home we used the leaves to make things, people, cars, trains… you have to use your imagination! Place a blank piece of paper over the leaf scene and gently, with the side of a crayon rub on the paper to expose the contours of the leaf.
Science, art, imaginative play all packed into one fun activity! I found Landon had a hard time rubbing the crayon the right way to get a good impression. I let him arrange the leaves and help with the rubbing, but I did the majority of the crayon work.
He was more interested in just making creations with the leaves, not doing a crayon rubbing of them, but if he was more interested, I had also planned on guiding him to add more details to his rubbings (like eyes, fingers, hair) or whatever else he wanted to draw in after the fact.
A Car/Train (he kept going back and forth on what it was!):
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