Friday’s 5 at 5: What to Do With Fallen Leaves

I few months ago, Rhythm of the Home, asked me to write an article for their online magazine. What fun that was to participate on an online magazine. This was my contribution.

It is that gorgeous time of the year when the leaves gently float down to the ground, so full of vibrant fall colors. You can do the usual activities to do with leaves- rake them then jump into the piles. Or better yet, take a day this autumn to explore the outdoors with your children. Bring a basket to collect those orange and brown leaves. Then try these five child-friendly activities you can all do with those beautiful fallen leaves…

  1. Make a garland to decorate your home. The supplies you will need are twine and leaves. First, gather several strands of twine. Knot it and braid it. Then weave in leaves as you braid to make a garland. Knot the bottom end to keep the braid. Use the garland to decorate your fireplace mantle, the dining table and doors. This is an easy decoration that brings a touch of autumn into the interiors of your home.
  2. Make an autumn foliage head piece. Using the same technique as the garland but a shorter size that fit the head circumference. Tie both ends together to make a head piece for you or your child. You can also weave in some seasonal flowers into the head piece. This is a beautiful prop for taking photos of your child playing outside in the fields.
  3. Leaf press bookmarks. Press leaves between two layers of wax paper and inside a large, hefty book. Allow the leaf to wilt and dry for a couple of weeks. You can have the children check it every few days to see the change in colors. Glue the leaf to cardstock to make a bookmark with your favorite quote written below the leaf. Or using a large eye needle and embroidering floss to carefully make a tie at the top of the leaf. When the winter blues kick in, find your leaf press bookmark to remind you of autumn.
  4. Create a family tree. Research your family history and find the names and photos of family members three or even five generations back. Then write the names of your ancestors, along with their birthdays, onto small pieces of paper and glue to each leaf. Or glue small photograph copies of each family member on the leaves. Then on a poster board, paint a bare tree and glue the leaves to fill out your family tree. When the tree is complete, have the children present it to the family and tell stories they found about their ancestors.
  5. Sew them onto cards. Using cardstock, make a card and find leaves to stitch onto the front of the card. You can use the sewing machine or hand stitch the leaf in place. Then write a little note inside and send it off to a friend to brighten their day.

» Tell me… What do you like to do with fallen leaves?

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