Leaves are interesting to collect and inspect. A classic activity in the autumn is leaf rubbing. Leaves are easier to handle if collected before they are dry. Thin paper and bare crayons or chalk are the basic tools needed. Taping paper to an art try can keep it from slipping around. Place leaves under the paper and use chalk or crayons to make a rubbing.
This different motion of the hand helps students to gain better control of their fine motor skills. Leaves can be cut out and used to decorate the room. Displaying art is very important to young children. It helps them to know their hard work is honored and respected.
Trace leaves on felt and use them at the Feltboard while reading stories or just for fun. This is another activity that can lead to dictation and artwork to be sent home. It opens communication between teachers, parents and the students.