There are a LOT of things you can do with leaves. Draw them. Photograph them. Dry them out and tape them into your journal. Do symmetry leaf drawings (tape half a leaf onto your paper and draw the other half). Graph the weight of a stack of leaves every day or so as they dry out. Make leaf prints or stencils using paint. Get yourself a decent field guide (note to self) and classify the different kinds.
In my quest for appropriate and EASY nature journaling activities for 5-year-olds, I decided to start with leaf rubbings.
Perhaps not so intelligently, I decided to start with soft pastels, which can be a bit messy (think chalk). Crayons or oil pastels would probably be cleaner.
The assignment was simple. No identification (I really need to get that field guide) – just a hunt for different textures and shapes of leaves that would be fun for rubbing.
Surprisingly – Esmé’s favorite subject was grass.
Though we did find a few other interesting shapes. And practiced a little color mixing.
All in all, an easy, fun (and messy) way to fill a bunch of journal pages.
As I was saying the other day – I REALLY need to get Flame the Cat his own journal. He did manage to get himself covered in green pastel dust – camouflage purposes, methinks?