Here’s What You Need….
-A Variety of Fall Leaves
What to Do….
1. Have your child take one of their leaves and place it flat on the table.
2. Place a sheet of tracing paper over the leaf.
3. Using crayons held lengthwise, instruct your child to gently rub over the tracing paper until the outline of the leaf shows through.
4. Encourage your child to add additional leaves and use different colors to create different designs.
5. Display your child’s leaf rubbings in your home as fall decorations.
This Helps Develop……….
Cognitive skills – the mental process of knowing by developing awareness, perception and reasoning.
Young children learn the concept of seasons while taking their nature walk and recognizing the attributes of autumn. This activity also provides opportunities to count leaves and notice their many different shapes, sizes and colors.
Fine motor skills – the use of small muscle movements in the hands that occur in coordination with the eyes.
When performing this activity there are so many opportunities to work on enhancing fine motor skills. Children have chances to use a hole punch, tie string and use scissors. Cutting with scissors can be a challenge because it requires the use of two hands independently of one another. The dominant hand opens and closes the scissors while guiding it along the object to be cut out, and the other hand holds the paper while aiding in the guiding process. During the leaf rubbings, young children have a recognizable (leaf) outcome from their scribbles. Encourage them to press down hard with the crayon and to anchor the paper with the hand not holding the crayon.
Language – the expressive ability to communicate ideas and needs, and the receptive ability to understand what is said or written.
This is a great way for young children to learn new vocabulary. Adults and older children can provide commentary on what they see, smell, feel and hear around them while on their fall nature walk. Once they get their leaves home, they can discuss which colors, shapes and sizes to use for their craft project.
Social emotional development – involves a child’s feelings of self worth and confidence.
This is a great activity to get children away from the TV or computer and outside into the cool fresh air. If children are introduced to nature at an early age they will hopefully continue to use inquisitive and curious minds to explore the wonders of the great outdoors. This can lead to a healthier lifestyle filled with outdoor activities that promote physical fitness.
Looking to experience Hand On Science activities right here in our own area? Visit www.TheChildrensScienceCenter.org, where you and your children can “Explore, Create, Inspire.” The Children’s Science Center (CSC) is committed to building a place where children can grow in their love of learning.