We’ve been continuing our look at Autumn and how the weather changes. We’ve been revisiting the “Little Leaves” poem and we have remembered it nearly word perfect now. The impressions of the leaves on our autumn cushions came out nicely.
The cushions were sewn up on the weekend so we were able to stuff them this week. We stuffed them with plastic bags so that they sound like autumn leaves crackling under your feet. We put a tiny spray of eucalyptus oil in the cushion before we sewed up the opening so that they smelt like leaves as well. I’m hand sewing the openings shut so they are not all completed yet. One of our lovely parents did a few for me as well which I truly appreciate.
This week we also made some leaf imprints into plaster of paris. We mixed up a little bit at a time in a paper cup and spread it on a small piece of hessian. Once it was firm enough to hold an impression we pushed a leaf into the plaster. This was a little hit and miss getting the plaster consistency just right. You don’t want it to dry up too quickly but you don’t want to be waiting forever either.
The next day when they were dry we watered down our paint to make a thin wash in autumn colours. The children gently applied it to the leaf imprint section of the plaster. I love how the paint makes the impressions really “pop”.