This is a fun way to explore concepts such as comparing/contrasting, grouping, categorising and measurement.
What to do
- Have fun collecting a range of different leaves. Try to take fallen leaves rather than picking them from plants.
- Introduce learners to the features of a leaf – size, shape, edges, patterns, arrangement on the stem, leaf coating, texture, colour and other aspects.
- Explore the textures, colours and patterns of leaves. For example, the māhoe leaf pictured has a smooth texture and papery feel, bright green colour, and lined patterns and veins.
- Use the leaf features guide to group the leaves you found.
- Write descriptions and or stories about the leaves you have collected in your nature journal.
- You could also use the leaves you have collected to create some leaf art.
Leaf from a māhoe/whiteywood tree
Image: Shan Walker ©
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