Aren’t these autumn leaves wonderful!
We discovered a HUGE maple tree last autumn. The girls played in the sea of orange and brown leaves, and we collected a few to take home. Autumn leaves like this are such a treat for us – most of our native Australian trees are evergreen, so it’s only when we stumble across a non-native deciduous tree that we get to experience a little bit of what the US call ‘fall’.
These collected maple leaves have been sitting in our (always evolving) nature collection for the past few months, until Bumble Bee and I decided to get a little crafty.
Getting crafty with things often encourages you to look at them in a different way. One of the first things we noticed about our leaves were the amazing veins. They look like leaf life lines. We talked about how, when the leaf was still part of the tree, these veins would have helped transport water and nutrients from the stem to the very tip of the leaf. We talked about how the leaves of deciduous trees change colour and fall in autumn, but even when the leaf is old and dry, we can still see these leaf veins.
We decided to trace them.
We used Poska paint markers. I had bought this set (aff link) earlier, specifically for projects like this where we might want to write or draw in bright colours on unusual surfaces.
I chose white. Bee (3.5 years old) chose red.
And I did a smiley face one because… fun!
Check out our nature science page for more ideas. In particular, you might like:
- our colour-changing flowers experiment that looks at transpiration, or how plants transport water and nutrients up their stems.
- as a fun twist, we also show you how you can vary this technique to create bi-coloured flowers.
- we also did a fun test to see which flowers were the best at absorbing the most vibrant colours. The results weren’t what we were expecting!
You can find all these and more on our Go Science Girls pinterest board.
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