The past few weeks the kids have been spending a lot of time helping out in the garden and no big surprise with all the help comes lots of questions. Questions on the plant life cycle, the impact that the insects and birds have on the plants and what the plants in the garden are called. And I have to confess when it comes to identifying trees I am clueless – except for the Willow tree at the bottom of our garden – that one I know.
So to help the kids (and me), my daughter and I made a leaf identification folder. Nothing fancy, very simple and made using the FREE leaf identification cards from Twinkl.
I started off by printing the leaf identification cards 6 to a page (the size was based on what fitted best into the folder that we had).
Then my daughter and I cut them all out. For each leaf we also cut the names out separately.
I got my daughter to work out how to arrange the cards on the folder before we started sticking everything down (for the purpose of planning her layout she had the leaf names on top of the pictures but the end result has the leaf names underneath the pictures.)
Then for each leaf we just folded the top of the leaf card slightly and glued this bit and left the rest without glue. We stuck the name of each leaf under it’s picture.
The result being that when you lift the picture of each leaf up you can then read its name.
Once we had finished we just needed to do something for the cover. My daughters choose one of the FREE tree outline pages (again Twinkl) and we coloured it together – I am trying to help her create a bit of depth in her colouring so we did this together. Then she cut it and stuck it on our cover.
Very Simple and we have already used it to figure out what two of the mystery trees in our garden are called.
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