Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Outdoor Adventures: Leaves by Erin Uda (and a quick update)

Erin has another wonderful outdoor post to share with you today, but first a quick update on the Phineas and Ferb Challenge: You saw most of what we did during the week on my last post, but there were several things we did where we didn't bring the camera. Those things included leaf fights and frolicking, long walks, reading under the blankets together, enjoying yummy treats, playing with friends, and having wild dance parties in the living room. It was a fun week and a great opportunity to be reminded how to have unplanned fun. I hope you all had a successful week as well! (Oh yeah! and I forgot to mention, this week we will be focusing on Fall themed activities. Feel free to join along and share your ideas.)


This week’s post is super simple:




If the leaves aren’t quite ready to be jumped in yet, here are some other leaf-related ideas:

  1. Look at the different colors on the trees as you drive around your neighborhood or a scenic loop. Talk about which tree you like best and why the leaves change color every year.
  2. Pick some fall leaves on a nature walk. Dip them in wax, if desired, to keep the color, or press them between the pages of a heavy book; frame your favorites in shadow boxes.
  3. Make a Book of Leaves: Pick one leaf from each different type of tree you see (maple, oak, etc). When you get home, find pictures of the full tree online and print them out. Mount each leaf to a piece of paper, and create a book showing your leaves and the trees they come from.
  4. Create shapes and animals using the leaves you find. (See Leaf Man for some inspiration, or check out THIS website.)

Recommended Books:

  • Leaf Man, Lois Ehlert
  • Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Lois Ehlert
  • We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt, Steve Metzger
  • Leaves! Leaves! Leaves!, Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
  • Leaf Man, Lois Ehlert
  • Leaves, David Ezra Stein

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