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
- Plastic wrap
- 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?