Leaf Man

As Jennifer mentioned, Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert is a perennial favorite around here. It’s a short picture book illustrated with beautiful fall leaves put together to make shapes ranging from butterflies to apple trees. This book can be great inspiration for a fall nature-based art project as she suggested or it can be turned into a lesson in horticulture by identifying different species of leaves used in the book or from your own yard. The front and back pages of the book show a number of common leaves with their species listed to help get you started. Most of the species grow in Kansas, and it can be a lot of fun to learn about the trees we see every day. You can also throw in some early math ideas like sorting from smallest to largest, counting points on the leaves, or talking about the different shapes in leaves.

 

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