Wild Wonders: Autumn Leaves

Leaf Rubbings & Leaf Person

There are so many things to do with the brilliantly-colored leaves adorning trees and the ground in the fall!

Before you explore: Read the book “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert. Or, watch it here: https://bit.ly/2FDJnsW. Before you head outside, make some predictions: What color leaves will you find? How will the leaves feel? Will they have a smell? Will leaves have holes in them?

Materials:

  • Brown paper bag
  • White paper
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • Pair of googly eyes (or draw your own!)

Connect with Nature:

  • Head outside with a crayon, a few sheets of white paper, and your paper bag. Find a beautiful leaf!
  • Leaf Rubbing: Place your leaf on a flat surface and put a sheet of paper on top of it. Holding the paper firmly over the leaf, use the side of a crayon to color over the part of the paper covering the leaf. Then admire your leaf rubbing!
  • Place the leaf in your bag to use for your leaf person later.
  • After filling your bag with different-shaped leaves, spread them out in a place where they won’t blow away. What did you find that you can use for arms, feet, and other parts of for your leaf person?
  • Create and then glue your leaf person onto a piece of paper, and add some googly eyes (or draw them in).  Don’t forget to give your leaf person a name!

Dive Deeper:

Draw a map or write the story of your leaf person’s journey. Did they come from a city? What Country or town did they drift in from? What did they see on their journey? Do they have a leaf friend or pet?


Botany Scavenger Hunt

Before You Explore: Botany is the study of plants. How many things can you find on the Botany Scavenger Hunt in the place you are exploring? Try to predict: Which things will be easiest to find? Which will be most difficult?

Materials:

Connect with Nature:

Dive Deeper:

  • Kick your nature knowledge up a notch with the Seek! App. Use the power of image recognition technology to identify plants and animals all around you. Earn badges for seeing different types of birds, amphibians, plants, and fungi and participate in monthly observation challenges. Challenge a friend or sibling to learn with you!

  • Find the Seek app online here or download onto a phone from a phone’s App Store.