Today we got to play out in the leaves which was lots of fun. We also did some science, math, crafts, and literature.
- Why do Leaves Change Colors by Betsy Maestro
Leaves need sunlight, water, chlorophyll (chlorophyll is what makes leaves green) and carbon dioxide to make food.
As winter approaches, leaves make a coating for themselves which blocks their water source; without water, the leaves no longer make chlorophyll.
When the leaves turn colors in the fall, they are actually returning to their normal colors. During the summer months, the chlorophyll in the leaves cause them to turn green, blocking the leaves’ actual colors (red, orange, yellow, and purple).
Once the leaves have turned brown, they are dead and no longer receive any nutrients.
- Leaf Printouts
- Paper Towel Tube
- Cut the paper towel tube in half and paint it brown. Let it dry.
- Paint the leaves fall colors and let them dry.
- Cut the bottom of the tube about 4 or 5 times and fold the cut parts out to hold up the tree.
- Cut some of the top of the tube to look like branches.
- Glue the leaves onto the tree branches.
Favorite Fall Color
I printed out this My Favorite Fall Color printout for J to work on his cursive.
J used page 23 in his A Beka Art Projects 2 book for his confetti tree craft.
Leaf Shadow Match
I printed out the Leaf Shadow Match on card stock and cut apart the colored leaves. He matched up the colored leaves with the shadows.
J used page 17 in his A Beka Art Projects 2 book for his painted leaves craft.
Fall Leaf Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 ½ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Red, orange, and yellow food dye
- Leaf cookie cutter
- Wax paper
- Plastic wrap
- Colored sugar
- In a bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.
- In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms.
- Divide dough into 3 parts and color each part red, orange, and yellow with food coloring. Wrap each part in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours until firm.
- Break dough into tablespoon pieces and place them onto a piece of wax paper randomly. Add another piece of wax paper on top of the dough pieces and roll with a rolling pin.
- Take off the top piece of wax paper and cut out leaf shapes then place the leaves onto your cookie sheet. Sprinkle with fall colored sugar.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned and let cool.
Discuss: Go outside and collect some full fall leaves. Look closely at the leaves and you’ll see that each is an example of symmetry in nature. A line of symmetry divides a shape into two identical parts (mirror images). In some cases, as with a leaf, you’ll find one line of symmetry down the middle. In other cases, there is more than one; like with eight sections of an orange.
Full Fall Leaves
- Carefully cut your leaf down the middle line of symmetry.
- Tape half of your leaf to the paper and use your colored pencils to draw the other half of the leaf.
- Add more leaves to your drawing.
I found this Autumn Maze for J… He loves mazes these days.
Pointillism Fall Tree
Discuss: Pointillism is a method of painting using dots. George Seurat is known for painting big pictures with millions of tiny dots. If you stand close to the picture you just see dots, but if you back up you can see the whole picture.
- Card stock
- Brown Construction Paper
- Trace child’s fingers and arm almost to their elbow on the brown paper.
- Cut it out and glue it onto the white card stock with the arm touching the bottom of the paper for the tree trunk.
- Use the q-tips to dip in the fall colored paints and add dots for leaves around the fingers.
Fall Graphing Fun
I downloaded his free Fall Graphing Fun activity for us to work together.
Fall Fun Unit Study