Almost every day before we start homeschool in the mornings, we take a walk around the neighborhood to check out the nature and to get some of our energy out. Usually we end up trying to find snails and some orange bugs.
Since we are now in fall we have started to look at the different colors and shapes of the leaves that we find lying on the ground. When we go to the open air market down the street, we check out the slugs and snails, the blackberry bush, and the various kinds of nuts (maybe Brazil, chesnuts and hazelnuts). We bring back different objects to explore throughout the week.
This week our sensory bin included pinecones, tree bark, acorns, nuts and different kinds of leaves. Also, there were mushrooms everywhere, we saw at least three kinds on our way there and back.
Wednesday, we usually do an arts project and play with our sensory bin. This Wednesday, I wanted to talk about what fall means and why the leaves change color and fall. We first looked at the colors of the leaves and talked about why there were different colors on each leaf.
We use this nature book for most of our nature lessons and they have a whole week dedicated to leaves plus ideas on arts and crafts.
For our crafts, I wanted to make nature inspired things made with natural materials. We printed and stamped with the leaves and made a tree with leaves.
Then we made the leaves into glitter and used the stem from the leaves to be parts of the trunk.
The final product.
We used the other leaves to try to stamp with or paint and create our own pictures.