Fall Activity Ideas
- Did you know that squirrels and oak trees have a special relationship?
- Leaves offer such a great diversity in size, color, shape, and form that they make excellent natural materials for collages and other creative works of art! Gather fresh leaves from a variety of different plants and press them flat between pages in an old magazine. Place the magazine under a stack of heavy books and WAIT! The leaves should be dried, flat and ready to use after two to three weeks. They will, however, be brittle and rather fragile. Have the children “paint” a picture of an object using the leaves or pieces of the leaves. Glue the leaves to a heavy cardstock paper with clear school glue.
An excellent reference book for this activity is Look what I did with a Leaf by Morteza E. Sohi. ISBN 0-8027-7440-7. Cost: approximately $5.95. See the Books section for more information on how this book can integrate art, language arts, and communication into a fun educational activity. This book is sure to inspire your students and give them many good ideas on what can be done. While they are doing this activity they will discover similarities between leaf and animal coloration.