Autumn. Such a beautiful season of the year when we can enjoy all the bursts of color, cooler air and Fall- inspired activities. Leaves are starting to change and fall, at least where we live, and they’re all so unique and individual. And this Leaf Symmetry Activity focuses on exactly that.
It’s quite an easy activity to set up, but it allows the child to look at all of the leaves carefully, inspecting each and every one of it for color, specks, details and so on. It’s also super fun. My 5 year old loved this and said I didn’t glue on enough leaves. In fact, her words, “this was so fun, I finished too quick…”, LOL!. Guess there’s no deficiency of leaves outside so no doubt I’ll be doing this activity with my kids again sometime soon. 🙂
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Materials For leaf symmetry:
- Easel board paper roll (poster board works or even a piece of cardstock)
- Glue stick
- Craft scissors
- Cut yourself a large piece of easel board paper. Cut each leaf in half and glue onto the paper, scattered.
What is my child learning and improving?
- Cognitive skills (kids are exercising their brain by analyzing the leaves, their shape and design, following the pattern of the half leave that is glued and drawing the other half symmetrically)
- Drawing skills (holding the crayon correctly, pushing down at the right strength, drawing by copying)
- Colors (you can talk about the colors of the leaves as well as the crayons. Ask them to repeat after you for better memorization)
- Leaf names (talk about the different leaves you have and name the trees; oak, maple, birch, etc. Name their shape too, do they have rough or smooth edges?)
- Fine motor skills (holding the crayons with thumb, pointer and middle finger, etc.)