Fall is here! Julia understands. Today she repeated what we’ve been telling her for the last few days to the cashier, using her best grown-up voice: “Leaves fall off trees. Then snow comes. Go sledding down big hill.”
After her nap, we bundled up and headed outside for a leaf walk. We were searching our backyard and the neighborhood for some beautiful leaves for our leaf tree project. I made a big deal about every leaf Julia picked up, ooh-ing and ahh-ing over each of them. The more amazed at nature I am, hopefully the more interested in it she will become. Grant was happy to ride along in my Moby Wrap wearing his pumpkin hat.
After finding her leaves, Jules wanted to run some “races” with Ginger. She loves to run, and will chase or be chased by human or canine. It’s her idea of a good time. Grant’s idea of a good time these days is spitting up all over the Moby Wrap, so both of us stayed inside and watched Julia and Ginger.
Excited by the promise of getting to use glue and scissors, Julia went inside to make her leaf tree. I just cut out some cardstock in the shape of a tree, and we glued the leaves on. After the leaves were on the cardstock, we put it on a toilet paper roll for a trunk. I had to help her with the glue, but she understood the concept and was proud of her tree.
I found this idea on the blog I Can Teach My Child. I turn to this site when I need a quick project idea because they are so educational and easy to do. Plus, the site is organized by age group, so I just click on the age and get tons of ideas. It has saved me on many a long afternoon!
This was a great thirty minutes. What I’m NOT blogging about is the part of the day when Julia opened a brand new container of very nice lotion and got it all over the place. I don’t want to give the impression that it’s all nature walks and bread baking over here ;)