Sunday, October 5, 2014

Animal Leaf Project

Hello Families!

Fall is in the air, which means leaves are gradually changing from various shades of green to bright yellows, reds, and oranges. We are planning on making animals out of leaves to go along with our most recent study of plants as well as to tie in with our current study of animals.

The first step in making leaf animals requires you to collect some leaves! Ms. Riley went out to collect her leaves today. She walked around her neighborhood and collected Maple, Elm, Oak, and Birch leaves! She also collected lots of Maple seeds, which make great ears and legs!

Please take a walk with your child to go on a leaf hunt. Look for leaves of different colors, shapes, and sizes. All leaves are welcome!

Once you find the leaves, please prepare them so they are ready to use when they come into school:

  • Soak the leaves in warm water for 5-10 minutes
  • Blot the leaves dry
  • Layer the leaves between several pieces of newspaper or parchment paper (make sure leaves are not overlapping)
  • Put something heavy on top of the leaves (Ms. Riley is using a few cook books!)
  • Let leaves press for 5-7 days
  • Place leaves in a baggie with your child’s name on it and return the leaves to school

In school, we will create amazing collages out of our leaves to look like our favorite animals! We will find lots of inspiration from the book Look What I Did With A Leaf by Morteza E. Sohi, but we are already using our imaginations to think of different animals we could make! 

Leaves are due on or before Tuesday, October 14th


  1. Could you please tell me why we should soak and dry the leaves first? Does it help them last longer? Thanks!

    1. Yes! It makes the leaves a bit more sturdy when you are glueing them down and it also helps them to not curl up once they are glued :)