Friday, May 18, 2012

Thinking Thursdays: Our leaf book

Hello!  Am just popping by to share something that Junior J and I have been making recently.  The boy loves going on walks and picking up leaves to bring back, and a friend suggested keeping those leaves in a book.  I thought that was a great idea, especially since Junior J would leave them lying everywhere in the house, and the leaves would crumble and leave a mess!

The book cover is made from a cardboard envelope (again, from the Book Depository!).  He got to stamp the cover with various types of leaves and paint, and we also used a home-made foam stamp (again, from a bottle cap and some craft foam).  

Open up the book, and you'll find loads of pages of leaves collected on our walks around the neighbourhood.  Before we stuck the leaves down, we put the leaves under the paper, and the boy got to make imprints using crayons:

I found it a really good exercise in developing finger strength, since you do need to apply some force to colour over the bumpy surface!

And everything is tied together with a bit of twine:

We're still adding to this collection, and eventually hope to get down to identifying the trees that the leaves came from!

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