June 1, 2020
I am devastated over the events of this past week and to write a happy-go-lucky project post feels inauthentic. My hope is that somehow, someway, we can come together to change the future of our country and ALL of those who live here. In my heartfelt opinion, this starts with our children and how we model and share our beliefs with them.
I came across this piece on prettygooddesign.com and wanted to share. It is never too early to start talking to your children about race. I would also recommend this NPR feature, Talking Race with Young Children – a well-worthwhile twenty-minute listen.
Children are more perceptive than even the most in-touch adults. They know we are hurting right now and can sense the tension and pain in our world and community. Remind them often that they are safe.
If you are able to get outside today, I found that a walk to collect leaves and absorb a bit of sunshine with Sloaney brought about some much-needed peace. This project is easy, mess-free and once you have collected your leaves, it takes no time at all to set up.
Book to Pair with Project
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Miki Sakamoto is a classic. I linked a YouTube reading here if you do not have the book on hand!
Project of the Day: Leaf Imprints
Go on a leaf collecting exploration! See if your kiddo can identify different shapes and sizes that might be interesting for imprinting. Lay all of your goods out! I have tracing paper here, but it actually worked better to just pull out a huge sheet of regular paper.
Easy as pie! Well…actually…much, much, much easier than pie. Place the leaves on a flat surface with the paper over them. Any crayon or pencil will do to create the imprint.
Sloane was asking wonderful questions. Does the paper need to be sticky? Will the prints be green like the leaves? We talked about pressing the crayons down really firmly or maybe applying lighter pressure and seeing the difference. We explored the different shapes of the different varieties of leaves we had chosen.
She explored using the top of the crayon versus laying it flat on its side and tracing over that way.
Most important direction, as always: HAVE FUN!
More resources to follow in the coming days. Feedback and more ideas welcome!
Above all, be well and stay healthy!