Fall is here and it is the perfect time to see what we can do with all those beautiful leaves. We’ve done so many things before in the past and I have been thinking hard about what to do this fall with leaves. Not being able to come up with any new ideas was starting to paralyze me into inaction.
But then I realized that I’ve got my mindset all wrong — just because we did it before doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t do it again! (Insert *duh* emoji)
First, we do leaf crayon rubbing. The invitation to explore is really simple — a sketchbook, crayon and various leaves.
We’ve done leaf crayon rubbing before, but this year we (mainly I) have a new discovery. As Zachary gets older, his observation, reasoning skills and attention to detail improve, so it’s definitely worth repeating an activity year after year during these kindergarten ages. His fine motor skills improve as well and it’s nice to see that he is now able to rub hard enough for the finer leaf vines to show on the paper.
We observed the red stem and vines of the maple leaf, and he decided to trace them over the green rubbing. Once he was done, he looked at it and said “It looks like a sword!” and started to make sword-slashing sounds. But seriously, all jokes aside, he discovered by accident a big clue into leaf venetion. Yes, it’s a big and scary term. And no, I had no clue up until now. I think we might be ready to dive deeper into Montessori botany. (And by we, I mean me.)
Leaf tracing was up next. The invitation to explore is really simple — a sketchbook, pencil, paint and brush, and various leaves.
This is new for us. He got a little frustrated because the leaf wouldn’t stay flat and still, but it was good practise in patience, perseverance and how to realign the leaf to his tracing if it moves. I like this activity because it made him pay attention to the little details at the ends of the leaf, how it was quite spiky so there were lots of in-and-outs that he needed to draw.
Once he was done tracing the outline, he painted the leaf and labeled it by sounding it out phonetically. “Ock leef.” ♡
I found this document which is so helpful for a botany rookie mom like me. Hope you find it useful too!