Our garden is full of colourful leaves. We are raking them, jumping into them, make leaf angels, throwing them up in the air. Plus, we made some autumn pictures with the help of them. Here they are:
I collected and dried some leaves beforehand. When they were dry, I shredded them into small pieces by hand. You can do it with the kids. As Little L.’s attention span is still very short (she’s just 3.5) I knew shredding would have been all she could have been involved and the creative part of the activity would have been lost, so I did the shredding myself. It’s a nice sensory activity and the shreds can also serve as a great basis for a sensory box.
Later on 2 trays I prepared for them 3 motives drawn by pencil, liquid glue and a bowl of shredded leaves.
First, they traced the outline of the image with the glue then sprinkled it with the shreds.
To finish with, we let the exceed shreds fall of the picture. And there you can see a beautiful autumn picture.
Surprisingly, Little L. was great at tracing the outlines. I wasn’t surprised at E.’s fantastic tracing. Applying the right amount of glue needed a lot of concentration.
When they’d finished with my pictures, they started to make their own.
E. made a tree with falling leaves, a flower and fruit.
L. was working on a plum and a car (I guess).
I myself joined in and made our cat.
This was the time when they lost interest, but I could encourage them to make a last one with their hands. The girls really liked the idea and the final outcome.
This activity involved a lot of English interactions: autumn vocabulary (leaves, colours, autumn fruits), fine motor skill development (tracing with glue and sprinkling shredded leaves), giving and following instructions and artistic creativity. Not to mention fun, fun, fun.