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Leaf Man {Virtual Book Club for Kids}

 Posted by on September 17, 2012
Sep 172012
 

The Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Lois Ehlert as September’s author of the month. We checked out many of her books from the library and enjoyed reading them all. Our favorites were Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Boo to You!, Feathers for Lunch , and. We had to read them over and over again. The book that most requested by Aiden was Leaf Man. On walks, he had to examine every leaf he saw. I asked him if he wanted to make his own leaf man. He was very excited about this possibility. He couldn’t stop talking about it.

 

All of the scenes in Leaf Man are made from photocopies of leaves Lois Ehlert collected when preparing to write Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf. Leaf Man has disappeared and the author wonders where he has gone. As you turn the pages of the book, you view possible places he has traveled. Did the wind blow him across a farm? Or maybe over an orchard? Did Leaf Man spend some time flying with birds? At the end you see where he has landed.

Leaf Collecting in Summer?

Before we could make our leaf man, we had to go collect some leaves. On a normal year, we wouldn’t begin to see the leaves fall from the trees in Missouri until late October. {The Missouri Department of Conservation tracks the changes in leaf color in Missouri. They’ll have fall color updates starting September 20th.} This year we’ve had a horrible drought. Many trees have been dropping at least some of their leaves throughout the summer. They are mostly shades of brown and yellow. The trees dropped their leaves because they did not have enough water.

leaf collection

Creating Pictures with Leaves

At first, Aiden tried to make his leaf man by just putting a bunch of random leaves and pinecones down. We looked through the book at the different leaf animals and at the leaf men to get a better idea of what we wanted to make. I showed Aiden how to make a leaf man. I modeled my thought process as I went. “I’m going to choose this leaf for the body. I think this leaf would make a good head. Now I need legs…”

leaf man

I also asked Aiden to help me choose leaves to make different animals.

leaf fish

a leaf fish

leaf mouse

a leaf mouse

When he seemed to get the hang of it, Aiden chose leaves, seed pods, pinecones, and pine needles to make his leaf man.

leaf man

leaf man

Try creating your own leaf men, animals, and scenes just like Lois Ehlert did in the book, Leaf Man. We had a lot of fun with this activity. I’ll share more about our leaf collecting adventures tomorrow.

Here are the blogs co-hosting the Virtual Book Club for Kids. Be sure to see what Lois Ehlert book and activities they chose.

 

Now it’s your turn! Link up your posts about a Lois Ehlert book you read and your related activity {project, craft, recipe, etc.}.

 

   

Linking up here.

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  9 Responses to “Leaf Man {Virtual Book Club for Kids}”

  1. I love your collage creations!
    Carolyn @ Pleasantest Thing recently posted..Creating Characters: Using Lois Ehlert As InspirationMy Profile

  2. i love the mouse! he’s soooo adorable! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!
    andiejaye recently posted..the easy way to clean up paintMy Profile

  3. How fun! May have to try this when the leaves turn here.
    Gale recently posted..Fall Coloring PageMy Profile

  4. What fun pictures – I have to get hold of that book and add it to our collection for fall each year it looks lovely. Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots and just to let you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum
    Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum recently posted..World Animal Day 2012 Blog HopMy Profile

  5. we love this post, we included a little link to it in our lovely blog … we will keep in touch if that’s ok. thanks so much. Mama London xo

    http://wp.me/p2ND5t-c1

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