My Leaf Book is the story of a young leaf collector who visits an arboretum ablaze with rich autumn colors. As she travels through the arboretum she discovers how different each tree's leaves are. From ginkgo to sassafras, oak to poplar, she learns that leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and each has special and unique markings that help identify them. Plus, there are so many things to do with the leaves, especially make a Leaf Book!
Has your young reader ever picked up a beautiful or striking leaf and wondered what kind of tree is came from? Reading My Leaf Book will help young readers identify leaves and trees through its vibrant collaged illustrations. Not only is this a fun story about the little girl's autumn adventure, but scattered throughout the pages are fun facts to help young readers become tree experts. Don't be surprised if your next neighborhood walk turns into a leaf identification expedition!
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This Leaf Mosaic Trees art project is the perfect mixture of reading, art and science, plus the adventure of a nature walk! This activity combines leaf identification with creating mosaic patterns that are inspired by Monica Wellington's illustrations. Kids will love being involved in the leaf hunt, pressing the leaves, and the fun of actually making art with real leaves! Even if you haven't read the book, collecting leaves and using them as art materials is great fun and encourages your young reader to learn more about trees and celebrate the autumn season.
Leaf Mosaic Trees Craft
- Paper Plates
- Brown Marker
- Go for a nature walk! Collect a variety of leaves, whatever catches your young reader's eye.
- Press leaves to preserve, for at least one day.
- Choose a favorite leaf and glue in the center of a paper plate. Repeat for as many trees as you want.
- Tear remaining leaves into small pieces, making leaf "glitter." Glue the pieces in interesting patterns of shape and color around the center leaf. Let dry.
- From a second paper plate, cut a trunk shape. Color it brown with the marker to create bark. Glue to the back of the tree's top. Let dry.
- Create a whole forest of trees!
- Leaf Burst Paintings, plus a Leaf Burst Garland and Leaf Book
- Crayon Rubbing Autumn Tree
- Harvest Moon Leaf Person
- Little Yellow Leaf Wreath
Continue the leaf fun in the kitchen by making Leaf Quesadillas. Three simple ingredients are transformed into a festive fall meal.
Young Readers in the Kitchen
Kids can use cookie cutters to cut out leaf shapes, mash and spread the sweet potato, and sprinkle the quesadillas with cheese.
Sweet Potato Leaf Quesadillas
- 1 medium sweet potato
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Whole wheat flour tortillas
- Leaf shaped cookie cutter (such as this Maple Leaf Cookie Cutter)
- Cook a whole sweet potato, either in the microwave or the oven, until soft. Once cool, halve and scoop out spoonfuls of cooked sweet potato into a small bowl and mash with a fork. (You can also use leftover mashed sweet potatoes, if you have them).
- Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Use a leaf-shaped cookie cutter to cut leaves from flour tortillas. Spread one leaf with mashed sweet potato and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Top with another leaf. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 8 to 12 minutes, until lighted toasted and cheese has melted. Enjoy!
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