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Leaf Man Book
We are big fans of Lois Ehlert. I am looking for her books in the library every time I go there and this time I was lucky to come across the title I didn’t know before – Leaf Man. Now I am so in love with this book that I want to buy it – not just for Smarty, but as a nice coffee book. It’s really spectacular and incredibly creative. I also found reading it very calming, so I’ve been reading it every day before I go to bed. Smarty was somewhat lukewarm about the book (she had a lot of other good books to read), but she was interested in making some leaf art of her own.
Our Leaf Man Art
We started our project by going outside and looking for fall leaves. I encouraged my daughter (almost 3 years old) to look for leaves of different colors and shapes and try to match them to a tree they came from. Lois Elhert made her illustrations for Leaf Man by first making color copies of real leaves and then creating with paper. We were creating with real leaves, and I opted for a stapler as my tool of choice. Smarty was very intrigued by a stapler, but she doesn’t have enough strength yet to actually staple anything. So her tool of choice was glue:
Smarty was in charge for selecting leaves for my leaf man and arranging them on paper. In parallel she was experimenting with gluing rose petals to her own sheet of paper. In the end our projects looked like this:
More Fall Projects for KidsWhen I was updating this post, I found beautiful preschool art projects based on the same book from my friends at Kid Blogger Network:
- Inspiration Laboratories made animals and men inspired by Lois Ehlert.
- No Time For Flash Cards has beautiful fall butterflies.
- Teach Preschool has a brilliant take on Leaf Man with leaf man puppets.
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