Monday, November 22, 2010

Leaf Man...and woman, bird, cow, duck, bugs, horse...

A sweet, sweet friend of mine made some awesome leaf crafts with her kids, based on a book she had. For the life of me, I can't remember what that book is, but the idea inspired me!

Thanks, Jennifer!

Soooo, we found and checked out Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Love, love it!

The pictures are fabulous, and it's very subtle about encouraging kids to do their own crafts.

She knows how to manipulate the masses, in a good way. ;)

We read it through twice, and then the kids were ready to go out and hunt for beautiful leaves. I gave them each a ziploc to fill up, and we met back at the table 10 minutes later.

Yes, I'm letting my kindergartner work on crafts, shirtless, in November.

Here is Dash's butterfly

and bugMy duck and turtle
and my cow
yes, it's a cow.

The Artist's horse

of course.

And her fairies & birds ...

NatureMan's faces

Check out the book! One more library book to keep up with, but you won't be sorry.
At the back, the author has identified many different leaves-- more learning to be had-- which means this counts towards science as well as art and reading. :)

Every day, every activity, every conversation and book...
they absorb it all! Make it fun and memorable!

PS There's a blog, that I've enjoyed in the past, all about crafts based on books. Anyone know what I'm talking about? I can't find it!

3 comments:

Deborah Jean said...

Lovin' the leaf creatures!
How fun to do with your young nature lovers!
Deb

Ms Debbie said...

So creative. I love the way you keep your kids in touch with nature.

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

LOVE the leaf activities. The faces are cool, what a great idea. We made Autumn mandalas with leaves :)

http://www.childinharmony.com/2010/11/mandalas-of-autumn.html

happy day!