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Collect those falling leaves--not the dry cracking ones, the soft pliable
ones. (I collected while many were still green. I even collected some
juniper.) Glue each leaf to a piece of mat board scrap or cardboard, using
spray cement. Lay the leaf, smooth side up on a newspaper.
Spray the rough side and immediately flip over onto the board, and press
The glue dries almost instantly and the leaves can be used immediately.
Believe it or not: we have used these with dozens of kids for many days. I
do ask them not to pick at the leaf or stem. Only a few of the 50 leaves I
mounted on mat board have bit the dust. They don't curl up! Cliff says he
keeps them for years.
They work better for rubbing texture for kindergarteners than just a leaf
hiding under their paper. I tell them to lay their paper on top of the leaf,
then use an old crayon with no paper and rub with the side of the crayon
over the whole mat board. Some got the impression of the board, some didn't.
/| \ Red ship full of paint
/ | \ collides with blue ship.
/ | \ Blue ship full of paint
/___|____\ ...Sailors marooned!
'''''''''''--"Gotta Have Art!"
Art and Technology Teacher
North Winneshiek School
Decorah, IA 52101