Today the home learners group that Thing 1 inspired me to create, meet today for another fun learning activity. The leaves are finally starting to change colors and fall off the trees here in North Texas and the weather has been beautiful. So we meet at a local park where we then headed out on a nature walk.
salt dough (1 cup salt, 2 cups flour, 1 cup of water)
leaves, flowers, etc..
First we headed out onto a local trail and let the kids collect. They collected leaves and flowers. A few (Thing 1 and Thing 2) collected sticks and acorns. We also saw a small snake on our walk. Each kiddo had a bag to hold their treasures.
Once we were done collecting or really we told the kids we done collecting we headed back to the park. Since it was noon, we ate lunch first. It is all about priorities with the kids.
Once lunch was over, I provided each kid with a paper plate and some salt dough. They then worked hard rolling the dough flat. The rolling pins really came in handy because they helped with the rolling process but also smoothed out the dough so that we had a nice smooth surface for making impressions.
After the dough was pretty thin and smooth, we helped the kids place leaves into the dough. We found that using the rolling pins on top of the leaves helped make the impressions a little more uniformed. Then the kids would pull the leaves up and we could see the prints.
Thing 1 really enjoyed the project. He took his time and worked hard to make his impressions work. Thing 2 never really got around to putting leaves into his salt dough, instead he finished eating and then stuck his trains into the dough.
Taking the activity further:
To take the activity further you can work on classifying the different leaves that you have collected. Leaves can be classified, by shapes, vein patterns, edges, the tip of the leaf, the bottom of the leaf, whether it is simple or compound, and so on.
We are actually going to go into a little more detail about the different types of leaves next week as our science study. I am excited and yes I am kind of weird like that.
What have you done with leaves?
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