The children have been noticing the changing weather and we have been running with their interest. It has definitely been chillier in the mornings and frost has been appearing on the grass. The children are coming to school rugged up for cooler weather also. I mentioned that the leaves on the trees have been changing and some children said they had noticed this as well.
The estate I live in has an abundance of deciduous trees so I collect some leaves from them in as many different shades as I could find. I took them in and we compared the colours, sizes and shapes. We learnt a poem called Little Leaves that describes the changes in the leaves over autumn and winter. An A4 copy can be found here: Little Leaves Poem
We used the leaves as a template to draw around on black card. We had a mix of gold paint and PVA glue in a sauce bottle. This created an opportunity for some fine motor skill practice. We used the mix to create a raised outline on the black card. As the weather was a bit colder we found that some with thicker blobs didn’t quite dry overnight. We put them under the heater and they dried a little quicker that way.
Once the leaves were dry we coloured the inside of the leaves with chalk pastels in autumn colours. We smudged the colours together with out fingers and did our best to stay on the inside of the leaf. It was a great little lesson on inside and outside. The results were astonishing. Even the ones that didn’t quite look like leaves had their own special kind of magic once completed. We also played around with some crayons and leaf shapes cut from cereal boxes. We blu-tacked them to paper and feathered around them.