Friday, October 9, 2009

Leaf ID sheet and a little Art Time

We are fortunate to have a yard full of trees, and lots of different ones to choose from.  A couple of days ago I went out and grabbed some leaves to make a leaf identification sheet for M. 
I simply arranged them on the scanner and copied them onto a piece of cardstock:leaf idThen I labeled them (I only picked leaves that I was sure of, but I clearly need to learn a bit more about the trees we have.  There are several I can’t identify). 
I gave the sheet and the leaves to M to match them up as I told him their names:leaf match I hope to have him gather some leaves on his own and use this sheet to identify them some time soon (he’s been sick all week, and stuck inside, poor guy!).
Then we did some rubbings of the leaves:leaf rubbingsWe’ve never done rubbings of any sort, although it is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while.  M enjoyed seeing the magic picture show up. ;)  I hid the leaves under the paper while he was out of the room.  When he started the rubbing he said, “I’m making a tree!!”.
Finished products (top pic is chalk, bottom pic is crayons):  chalk leavescrayon leaves
Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. LOVE IT! I wish we had that many different kind of trees. All of ours are the same.

  2. The leaf rubbings turned out really nicely. I have no idea what trees we have in our backyard - need to learn about them one of these days.

  3. The leaf rubbings are so nice. What a way to do it too, to hide them so he didn't know what was really going to happen. Quite the surprise!

  4. Such a great idea!! I can't wait to do this for my own girls. Thanks for sharing. : )

    Did you have tiny crumpled leaf bits on your scanner afterwards?!

  5. Pink & Green Mama - nope, no crumpled leaf bits. Our leaves have not gotten to the crunchy stage yet. :) I picked ones that were still fairly "fresh" and in good shape.

  6. Oh I totally wish I'd known about this post when I did the leaf post last week on ABC & 123, you should've sent us the link! I love the matching activity you made, because it's more academic focused than just a leaf art project. Which by the way, I did love that tree you did, that tip to use the felt is great. I used paper towel in the past but it still got all gunky. Will try felt next time for sure.

  7. Oh, what a great idea - to scan in the leaves. I never thought of that. I had some great leaves I tried pressing, but when I took them out, they never stayed pressed. We have to go collect some more leaves now and photocopy them.

  8. What a great idea! And your handwriting is just beautiful!

    Oh and I just realized you live in MN! I'm from MN too although we've since moved away. I spent the first 25 years of my life there and it will always be home to me!


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