Five-year-olds: they're fascinated by nature, science, and especially enjoy investigative experiments! Try feeding your child's hunger for learning by combining all three activities into one fun and educational project. Making a leaf skeleton helps the curious kid investigate and study the structure of a leaf.
What You Need:
Wood, 8" x 10"
Carpet, 8" x 10" or smaller
Shoe brush, with natural animal bristles
Flatiron, with parental supervision
What You Do:
Tack the carpet in place on top of the wood.
Have your child find a leaf that he likes and place it on top of the carpet, top side up.
Help him hold the leaf with one hand, while gently brushing the leaf with the bristle brush in the other. This will help remove the fleshy parts
from the leaf. Flip the leaf over, and repeat gently brushing the leaf until the leaf skeleton is all that remains.
Carefully place the leaf skeleton between two sheets of plastic wrap.
Have him cover the plastic with newspaper.
Help him to quickly iron over the leaf with a warm iron. This will lightly melt the plastic, forming a clear viewer.
Time to investigate! Ask your child what he sees. Does it remind him of anything else he has seen in nature? How would he describe the skeleton?