We’re clinging to Autumn not being quite over yet! It’s not winter (or Christmas yet, right? Please tell me it’s not – I’m not ready)
So instead of breaking out the snowmen crafts quite yet, we’re still being fascinated by leaves! After all this playing with Autumn materials and counting with conkers and making fabulous play dough gardens, we decided to look a bit more closely at the different parts of a leaf, their names, and how a leaf print looks in play dough!
This is an activity we all did together – 3.5 year old V-bot as well as 15 month old T-bear 🙂
Stuff We Used:
- Play dough – any colour, we used leftover Autumn colours for ours
- Leaves from our Autumn Box
- Nomenclature cards and labels, or write names out on bits of paper. Just as effective!)
We started out with a pile of leaves and a few other little things from our Autumn Play Box, and a couple of piles of play dough each.
The leaf imprints were beautiful! We talked about the different parts of the leaf as we were imprinting, and the different shapes and colours we saw. This was a great opportunity for learning some new colour names, like tanand chestnut brown and forest green.
We added the labels to the right part of the leaf, using various leaves at first, and then finally adding them all to one good size leaf.
When we do this kind of activity, it’s very low-key and relaxed: if V is busy being creative and doesn’t want to engage with the word cards, that’s totally fine. We’ll bring them out another day!
If you are doing this for the first time, I’d suggest introducing the language first before bringing out the cards (Go for a walk and pick up some leaves!)
After we had labelled a leaf, we left them off to the side so V and T could continue creating.
“Wow, this one is bright yellow, and you can really see the mid-rib and the veins!” And then, look V “this card says ‘mid-rib’ “
“The petiole on this dark brown leaf is really long, look how long this is, compared to that one!” And then, “ah, here’s the word ‘leaf’, see the ‘l’?”
“Where is the biggest blade you can see? This one is really small, where can we find a big one?” Blade, b- b- blade – holding the card.
After a while, all the wheels came off and we were in full blown imagination-mode, with bugs, trees, caterpillars and all!