Friday: Play!—Leaves

October 10th, 2008 in Friday: Play!

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Leaves, Leaves, Leaves

One of my favorite things that Autumn brings.

You can use them for pretend, this is the parade Abby puts on with leaves and branches.

You can do tons of crafts with leaves:
-Simply place leaves under a thin piece of paper and roll a crayon over to see the shape.
-Paint one side of leaves and press onto a rock for a nice stenciled paperweight.
-Use the leaves as stamps and hang up in your house to display.
-Take a dark sheet of construction paper, place leaves on top, place out in sun for a couple of hours and see what happens to your paper!

Take a beautiful drive to check out the leaves consider yourself extremely lucky if you live near Yahoo’s top picks for “Fall Foliage Getaways.” Adirondack Park, in upstate New York, Maine, Virginia, New Hampshire (I miss you New Hampshire..) and Mammoth Lakes in California.

Teach your children why leaves change colors.


“Plants make their own food. They take water from the ground through their roots. They take a gas called carbon dioxide from the air. They turn water and carbon dioxide into food using sunlight and something called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is green. It gives leaves their green color.

Winter days are short and dry. Many plants stop making food in the fall. The chlorophyll goes away. Then we can see orange and yellow colors. These colors were in the leaves all summer, but the green covered them up.
Some leaves turn red. This color is made in the fall, from food trapped in the leaves. Brown colors are also made in the fall. They come from wastes left in the leaves.”
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