Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Preserved Fall Leaves

Materials Needed:
Wax paper
Dish towel
Warm iron
Fall leaves

Give your kid a paper bag and head outside to collect fall leaves. Look for leaves of all shapes, colors and types.

Once you have 5-10 leaves, head inside and plug in the iron (put it on the medium-warm setting).

Have your kid carefully lay the leaves out on a sheet of wax paper, making sure that there is at least an inch of space between each leaf.

Place another sheet of wax paper over the leaves.

Cover wax paper with a dish towel.

Use the iron to melt the wax paper around the leaves. You should apply firm pressure for 1-2 minutes over each leaf.

Help your kid to trim the leaves (leaving about 1/4 inch of wax paper on the outside of each leaf)

If the wax paper starts to lift off of one of the leaves, just reheat the iron and press firmly for 30 seconds.

This idea was adapted from Parents Connect

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