Do your kids love collecting leaves and nature especially this time of year? Mine sure do! Instead of throwing them away or telling your kids to leave them outside, you can do this fun activity instead! You’ll love being able to encourage their creativity and exploration through this fun cross curricular activity.
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My Pre-K Box is an educational subscription box for preschoolers aged 3-5! We deliver the most fun play-based preschool learning available! Each box has its own unique theme and is filled with different learning activities to target math and literacy skills. Your kids will have fun exploring the new activities, and you will delight in the fact you are helping them with essential Kindergarten readiness skills! These kits are delivered straight to your door and are sure to get your child into the spirit of the holiday AND learning.
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Making a Connection
Connecting books with art process activities is one of the best ways for preschoolers to increase their comprehension and allows them the space to explore their creativity. Creating a project directly related to the book allows the child to dig back into his/her memory and pull out the parts of the book that remind him/her of the happenings of the book. This activity has an extra bonus-getting your kids outside!
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
assorted leaves, grasses, berries, etc.
a piece of paper
hot glue gun (optional- for those not flat items)
Step 1 Read The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. There are a variety of different ways you can do this- buy the book, check it out from the library, or listen to the read aloud version here.
Step 2 Take your preschooler outside to do some exploring. Let them pick a variety of different nature objects to take inside and create their own leaf man.
Step 3 Bring in all of your materials and design them into whatever shape your preschooler desires! Can you make a man? A dinosaur? A monster? A heart? A unicorn? It really can be whatever your child can imagine!
Step 4 Now it’s time to glue everything down. Depending on the materials used, use a glue stick or glue gun to glue your design onto a piece of paper.
Want to extend your preschooler’s learning?
Here are 3 different ways for your child to extend their learning:
1.) They can give the character a background/scene to exist in- they can draw it, paint it, etc.
2.) You can also have your child come up with a sentence to describe what their leaf creature is doing. Depending on their level, they can write out the sentence, or you can.
3.) You can turn your leaf creature into a puppet by cutting out the shape and gluing it onto a popsicle stick.
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