Leaf Collecting

Ages: 3-5, 6-8
Location: Outdoors
Skills: Thinking

What you'll need:
Sack or bag to collect leaves
Waxed paper
Glue
Cardboard

Background:
What could be more relaxing than a quiet walk among the trees with your little ones? Unfortunately, the words "relaxing" and small children do not often go together. Try this activity to keep small children's busy hands and minds occupied and focused on the world around them. You may not have the most quiet walk, but you and your child will have a chance to enjoy and observe nature together.

What to do:
Take your child outside for a walk. Take a sack or bag with you and collect some leaves. Encourage your child to choose leaves that are in good shape and different from each other.

Once inside, spread the leaves out on waxed paper. Examine the leaves carefully to see if you have any duplicates. Discuss the leaves' differences and likenesses. Then help your child glue each leaf onto a cardboard square with a small amount of white glue. Let the leaves dry.

Take the leaves outside again and see if you and your child can match the leaves to the trees they came from.

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