Monday, September 15, 2014

Laminated Leaves

Aahhh, sweet autumn. I love everything about fall! The smells, the sounds, the colors, the decor and the projects! Today we collected leaves for a new project. We are working on one to one counting with the Beans so I decided to use colorful leaves to help. This summer I finally purchased a home laminator. Not necessary, you say? Ah, but for this mom, you would be wrong! I use it all. the. time. I laminated new clothing labels for the kids' closets (post to come), I laminated school bag tags for my class, I laminated the toy box storage tags, I laminated our KWL chart, and I have even laminated our favorite coloring sheets for unlimited use! I got it on Amazon here just in case you think you may need one, too. It's fabulous!!

I digress. We collected our leaves this afternoon, gathering up green, yellow, orange, red and brown leaves. They were all about the same size and they were all perfect! So perfect, in fact, that the kids decided to set up a "creation station" on the bumper of my car to make fall leaf collages before we got to our original project :)

This is what happened…



























Then we got to our planned project…





After laminating and cutting the leaves out, (if you don't have a laminator, simply use contact paper!) it was time to play the game! Just rool the die/dice and count out the leaves according to the number you roll. As Busy says, "Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy." 
TIP: If you have a little one that tends to get over zealous with dice rolling, put the dice in a cup and have them dump the dice out instead of rolling (really throwing) them ;)