Go on a scavenger hunt for leaves and make a leaf name collage with your preschooler!
We had a great time today collecting some leaves and flowers from the garden and then creating a masterpiece with it. For this activity, any items can be used such as buttons, beads, seeds, mosaic tiles, or even pieces of paper. We chose to explore the garden for our project.
First, write the name to decorate on a piece of board or paper that can be laminated(if you wish to keep it longer), use an outline font to make filling easier.
Then, the fun part, do the collecting aka scavenger hunt. Getting into the garden was such fun. We looked at the different colors and shapes of the leaves. It is winter in South Africa now and our leaves have different shades of brown but we also have evergreen trees whose leaves are green, so this came up as a discussion point. We also identified the different types of leaves how they differ in color, size, and shapes- a whole lesson on its own!
Use glue in the border of the name and then paste the leaves on it until the name is complete. We crushed some of the dry leaves and others we had to tear into smaller pieces to fit. Great for fine motor skills of the younger kids too.
The kids were very proud of the end results. I’m just glad we didn’t come across a worm or a spider because that would probably also had to come on the board. ?
Such a fun way to practice name recognition and it makes pretty decor too!
Also see this Name Bean Collage!