"Stained Glass" Leaf Window Art
In first-grade science, children spend lots of time learning to identify, group, and categorize natural phenomena around them. Not only is accurate grouping considered good science practice, but it is also a way for kids to actively appreciate patterns in nature. In this science craft activity, help your child practice his categorizing and grouping skills by gathering leaves and creating a beautiful and delicate window tapestry to preserve them!
Because of the abundance of various types of leaves, fall is an especially good time of the year to do this activity.
What You Need:
- Roll of ordinary household wax paper
- Fresh leaves—fall colors on trees like maple, oak, elm, sassafras, and poplar are recommended
- Plain, scrap paper
- Iron for pressing
- 9 x 12" construction paper in fall colors
- Black, permanent markers for labeling the leaves and writing a signature
- Tree Field Guide (optional)