Got Leaves? Let's Use Them!

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Leaves, Leaves Everywhere

It's that time of year again.  The colors of the leaves are changing, falling off the trees, and you have to get those rakes out.  Have your children help.  You can get them a smaller rake or have them use yours, pick some up with their hands or maybe a shovel.  Any way they do it will help build their strength and help with bilateral coordination.  And who doesn't love jumping in a pile of leaves when you're done?


Unbe"leaf"ably Fun Projects

Salt Dough Leaf Imprints

- You need 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour, 1 cup water, and leaves

- Mix the salt and flour together and add water gradually

 - Knead the dough, roll into a ball and flatten to about 1/4-1/2 inch thick. 

- Press your leaf into the flattened dough and remove, leaving an imprint. 

- All the dough to dry and harden and color the leaves in with crayon. 

Leaf Animals

Go on a leaf hunt.  How many different colors and shapes can you find?  Now take your leaves and start creating!! You can make leaf people, leaf animals, leaf buildings.  See what creative ideas your children can come up with when they have paper, glue, and a pile of leaves. 

Leaf Painting

Leaf Painting!  Yep it is that simple! Take your leaves and use them as a paintbrush, dip them in paint and press them to a sheet of paper.  Overlap, mix colors, and make some awesome leaf print paintings.