The leaves in our area are just starting to get a touch of color. It's always exciting when we find a few red leaves here and there to collect. It won't be long until we have a colorful show.
We made fall leaf mosaics after taking a short walk this afternoon.
Assorted lentils and beans
Glue and paint brush for spreading
Tooth picks for placing lentils if needed
On each tray I placed a paper leaf cutout, glue and paint brush, a set of lentils, and a fall leaf for inspiration.
Our go along book was Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro. This is a nonfiction book that explains in simple terms why the leaves change color and fall from the trees in autumn. It's a bit above preschool comprehension, but with some paraphrasing it can work for them.
It was a bit messier than I had anticipated, but not too bad. I'll leave you with a few tips if you happen to do this project too.
- Place the bowls of lentils on the tray. This might help keep them contained.
- Don't fill the bowls as full as I did, let them ask for more when needed.
- Don't expect the lentils to be sorted in their own little bowls when you finish.
- They will either use hardly any glue and lentils will fall everywhere or so much glue that it is dripping, work with it.
- Let them help clean up as much as they can and then have an independent activity set up for them. I sent mine to have apple slices and water in the dining room while I finished the last details.