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Leaf Pounding

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All the green in our backyard inspired my son today and he decided to create his masterpiece by pounding leaves. Fun, easy and a good way to introduce identification of leaves and plants, the final result is created by putting leaves between sheets of paper, putting them on a hard surface and pounding with a rock.



Final picture

Time: 15 minutes
Age: Under 5's, 5-10's
Level: Easy

Materials
Green leaves
White paper
Flat rocks
A hard surface (a patio or sidewalk)

Method
Collect green leaves from a variety of plants. As you collect the leaves, you may wish to introduce plant names.



Final picture

Lay out the leaves on a sheet of white paper. Fold the paper over or cover with another sheet of paper.
Select a flat surface to lay the paper on and a flat rock to start pounding.



Final picture

Unfold your paper and admire the leaf prints that have been created!



Final picture




Leaf print2


Identifying plants encourages children to connect with their natural world and is also good safety practice. You can teach children that if they do not know what a plant is, they should not touch it or eat any part of the plant.

Categories
#Leaf Pounding
#Outdoor
#Nature
#Plants
#Easy
#Under 5s
#5 to 10s
#Natural Materials
#Messy play
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