Following our recent reading of the fabulous It Starts With A Seed (see my full review here) I have wanted to make use of the many sycamore tree leaves and seeds that are littered across our front path and create some autumn leaf art with the children. Today, in between a grumbly Mr H waking and napping and waking again Mr D, Miss E and I popped along the road to gather some seeds and leaves.
When we got back in we re-read out It Start with a Seed book as I wanted to demonstrate to the children just how tiny the seeds are in comparison to what they become.
The children then set about on their autumn leaf art by sticking the seeds to the bottom of their paper and using their paint sticks. I helped them to draw a tree trunk which they then drew branches from and then added the leaves to.
Once they’d finished sticking the leaves on (we used normal PVA glue to glue the leaves in place and it really did the trick) they then got the paint sticks out again to add in some more leaves of differing colours. Mr D added in the sky and some mud for the seed to sit in.
We also had a chat about the veins in the leaves and talked about what the purpose of them were as well as then taking a look at our own hands which was a nice and unexpected little learning opportunity.
This was an easy activity to do and kept the children engaged as well as going some way to helping to demonstrate how the smallest of seeds grow the tallest of trees.
Some ways to extend this autumn leaf art activity include:
- Organizing the leaves by colour, talking about how they change from green, to yellow etc as they fall from the tree
- We collected a range of leaves – my intention was to look at them on a tree identification chart and get the children to match them up but Mr H was far too grumbly to let me get on with this today.
- Leaf rubbings using wax crayons would be a lovely and different way to add leaves to the trees
- Link the tree art to the animals in the It Starts with a Seed book and introduce ideas about animals that hibernate