The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

aaaLeaf Projects

The Little Yellow Leaf is a great story to share with children during Autumn. After reading the book be sure to do leaf projects with the kids. You can purchase the book by clicking links at bottom of page.

The Little Yellow Leaf is about a lone leaf that doesn’t want to let go of the branch. All the other leaves have fallen, but he’s not ready. Instead he holds on while the other leaves swirl in the wind, the pumpkins grown plump, and the first snows start to fall. Finally, after all the other leaves have blown away and the tree is covered with a layer of snow, he sees a small scarlet leaf way up at the top of the tree who has also been holding on. Emboldened by each other’s presence, they decide to take the leap together. The last spread shows them floating in the breeze, high above the trees.

This book was a 2008 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book. Berger incorporates lined paper, graph paper, newspaper articles, and more into her illustrations, creating a look that’s quite stunning and unique for picture books.

1. Seasons of Trees
If the little one you care for loves to color they will adore this project. Click here to print out a page of bare trees from kidzclub and let preschoolers and early elementary school aged children color what trees look like in different seasons.
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2. Leaf Collage
You will need paper, markers or crayons, glue, and a variety of leaves. Read the two pages in the book Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall that depict the brothers holding collages. Have the children use leaves and drawing materials to create their own collages and explain what they did on their collage.

3. Leaf RubbingsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Give the child a paper bag and go on a nature hike to collect different types of sturdy leaves. Remove the paper wrapper from several crayons. Place a small piece of tape on stem of leaves and tape to the table. Place a piece of paper over the leaves and use a little tape to hold the paper firmly on the leaves. Have the child rub the side of the crayon over the paper. The leaves shape and features will appear.
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4. Leaf Snack
Make sandwiches and use leaf cookie cutters to create leaf shaped sandwiches. Alternatively use Jell-O to make Leafy Jigglers. For the acorn sandwich, you can add a “cap” by spreading a tiny amount of the Maple-Pecan Brown Butter to the top. In a small saucepan melt 1 stick of butter over medium heat and cook until the butter begins to brown (about six to eight minutes). Remove from heat, strain and let sit at room temperature until set, about an hour. Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and combine.

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You will need:
Wax Paper
Fall Leaves
Crayon Shavings
Iron (do not allow children to iron)
Newspaper
Directions:
Cover work surface with newspapers. Sprinkle a small amount of crayon shavings on a piece of wax paper. Arrange leaves on top. Sprinkle more crayon shavings and cover with another piece of wax paper. Place a piece of newspaper on top and iron with a warm iron until crayon shavings melt. Trim and hang in the window.

6. Leaf Songs

Leaves Are Falling (To the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”)
Leaves are falling, leaves are falling,
All around, All around,
Brown and yellow leaves, red and orange too,
On the ground, On the ground.

The Leaves on the Trees (To the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The leaves on the trees are changing color,
Changing color, changing color,
The leaves on the trees are changing color,
All around the town.

The wind makes the leaves say “Swish, swish, swish,”
“Swish, swish, swish, swish, swish, swish,”
The wind makes the leaves say “Swish, swish, swish,”
All around the town.

Then the leaves come tumbling down,
Tumbling down, tumbing down,
Then the leaves come tumbling down,
All around the town.

The leaves on the ground make crackling sounds,
Crackling sounds, crackling sounds,
The leaves on the ground make crackling sounds,
All around the town.

We’ll rake them up into a pile,
Into a pile, into a pile,
We’ll rake them up into a pile,
All around the town.

Ten Little Leaves (To the tune of “Ten Little Indians”)
One little, two little, three little leaves,
Four little, five little, six little leaves,
Seven little, eight little, nine little leaves,
Ten little leaves fell down.

Rake one up and that leaves nine,
Rake one up and that leaves nine,
Rake one up and that leaves nine,
Nine leaves on the ground.

Rake one up and that leaves eight….
Rake on up and that leaves seven….

Rake the last one up and then there are none,
Rake the last one up and then there are none,
Rake the last one up and then there are none,
No leaves on the ground.

You can quickly purchase books by clicking links below:


Little Yellow Leaf

 

 

 

Fall Leaves Fall!

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