Looking for a free craft project to keep your kids occupied this fall? This craft project can be done over the duration of fall and when put together makes a nice and educational keepsake. It is a fall leaf and tree guide. And can be made for free with materials you already have at home and around your neighborhood.
To put together your fall leaf and tree guide have your children collect various leaf samples from around your yard and neighborhood. This can be done over multiple days. To turn this project into a mini adventure, head to a local park and collect samples there.
While collecting samples, your children should also gather information about the tree. Have them first identify which tree the leaf came from. Remember, leaves blow in the wind and may not be near there source! One the tree is identified have the children write down identifying characteristics about the tree. Some examples are having them describe the color, size, bark type and location. Finally, take out a piece of paper and place it on the bark. Have your child gently rub a pencil or graphite on the paper to transfer an image of the bark texture, leaving room to paste the leaf. Make sure to keep samples for each leaf together.
Once back at home, dry and flatten the leaves by placing them between pages of a book and letting them stand. After the leaves are dry paste them on the bark texture page. Staple together the pages in book format, and add a cover page. Finally, the last step of the project is to identify what type of tree each sample came from. Look on the internet with your child or pick up a book at your local library.
An autumn leaf and tree guide requires the following supplies:
– The internet or a tree identification guide from the library
– Construction paper
– Some books for weight
– Crayons/ Pencils, Markers