Leaf Necklace

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How fun is this leaf necklace? We love fall around here! The crisp air in Utah is perfect and the colors are amazing! We grabbed a bucket and headed outside to collect some leaves. My 3 year old was comparing and contrasting the leaves as we went! She even pointed out a “different” leaf than most of the ones we were gathering, and we were able to discuss how that leaf must have fallen from a different tree.

Those shoes on the wrong feet are killing me! haha so cute!

Those shoes on the wrong feet are killing me! haha so cute!

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When we came back inside, we did more comparing and contrasting, and laid out our leaves for them to dry. My 3 year old kept saying, “Wow! They’re so beautiful!” We talked about the different colors of yellow, red, green, brown, orange, and how some leaves had multiple colors within them! We also talked about the different shapes and sizes of the leaves. This would be a perfect opportunity to pull out a magnifying glass and take an even closer look at the leaves and the veins within them.

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We then pulled out our safe needles and added some string to the end. When we first started doing the hole punch, my 3 year old needed a little bit of help because it was difficult for her to hold the leaf and make the hole. I held the leaf and she punched. She really had to work those fine motor skills in order to push down on the hole puncher. She decided that she wanted to make a pattern with the leaves on her first necklace, so we made a couple of necklaces using different patterns such as, yellow, green, yellow, green, yellow, green. (You can watch videos of this activity in our Fine Motor highlight on Instagram)

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We then took our needle and laced it through the hole we punched on our leaf. As she practiced, eventually my 3 year old felt confident to do try the hole punch out all on her own! Watching her confidence grow from start to finish of this activity was the absolute best. It was so fun to be able to get outside in nature and talk about the fall leaves and why they start to change colors and then proceed to fall off of the trees. We had a lot of fun conversations and she loved doing this activity!

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My 2 year old later woke up from her nap and joined in on the fun!

My 2 year old later woke up from her nap and joined in on the fun!