For our Apologia “Exploring Creation with Botany” course I created these leaf shape pages for several activities ~
- Sort into groups according to shape
- Sort by descriptions found in the book
- Discuss the Latin or scientific names
- Make fun and practical associations with these names
- Place all the cards leaf up & name face down on the table.
- Turn over and call the name of the leaf out and place with the name back face down. (This is the learning stage.)
- Call out the name first and then turn the card over to check.
- If correct, keep the card and try another.
- Player with the most cards at the end wins!
- Make a paper leaf bunting –
simply sew all the cards with a long line of stitching using a sewing machine.
- Create a mobile and hang all the same groups of leaves from a large leaf shape or name using wire and fish gut.
- Paste leaves in groups in a collage or mosaic or poster.
Nature Study Scavenger Hunt
- Ask the child to find as many leaf shapes when out on nature walks.
- Sort and place next to the leaf shape/ name it best fits.
- Place in a folded paper with a label and press between board or in heavy books for a few weeks.
- Paste in nature study journals and label or describe.
- Use these leaves to group, describe and label the margins (the leaf edge) or venation.
Arts & Crafts
- Make leaf rubbings
- Use leaf to make prints by painting the leaf and pressing it onto a page.
- Make leaf collages
- Use pressed leaves and iron between 2 sheets of wax wrap with wax sides facing. Cut and hang as window decoration.