We colored a large community leaf. They picked a card, identified the color, and colored a spot on the leaf. This activity helps children practice patience and taking turns.
The book Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert demonstrates how leaves can be arranged to look like real things. We went outside to gather some leaves for our Leaf Creature project. During this Invitation to Create, the children made choices with leaves, foam stickers and markers to create a picture(s). They arranged the leaves in their own way to create art that is free of directions and an expected end product. Through this process, children can explore their spatial awareness and decision-making skills. One of the kiddos told me they made a cow!
For fine motor practice, we used stickers to form the letter Nn.