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Start a Leaf Collection

Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at 4:53 PM

What a beautiful Fall day! Need something fun and inexpensive to do with your children? Take a nature walk and start a leaf collection. Here's some fun things to do with your leaf collection.

*For parents with younger children, use the leaf collection to teach shapes and colors.

*For parents of older children, use this as a science learning activity. Help your child identify what type of tree each leaf belongs to. Research online why leaves turn different colors in the fall.

*Use the leaf collection as art work. Create a collage with the leaves or trace the leaves on blank paper to help your child develop fine motor skills.

Fall is a great time to get outdoors with your children, and we're lucky to have so many great places to enjoy the outdoors for free in our area. So get outside and have fun!

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