The book Leaf Man inspired this butterfly leaf craft. I had a different leaf craft planned, which we will do later. As we were leaving the park today I picked two leaves up and put them together, asked my son what they looked like and after he said “Butterfly” I knew we’d be doing this instead.
Butterfly Leaf Craft
- Gather your materials. You will need two large leaves with stems, some cardboard, markers, tape, glue and googly eyes.
- Start by drawing a butterfly body on the cardboard.
- Have your child color it. He only wanted red today.
- While they are coloring snip the stems off the leaves. Don’t lose the stem, as they will be made into antennae in a bit.
- Cut the body out.
- Next, tape the antenna on the underside of the head.
- Then, tape the leaves on as wings. Tape works way, way better than glue since the leaves can still have some moisture. They can take forever to dry sometimes.
- Glue the googly eyes on, and then add a smile!
“Lucky Leaf” by Kevin O’Malley is a funny book about a boy kicked outside and off his video game by a parent and then his quest for a lucky leaf. He waits and waits for the last leaf from a tree to fall, even after his friends give up and go home. The story is cute, and also my son thought it was funny. I liked the comic book format of the illustrations, and the little boy’s dog has some pretty funny facial expressions throughout.
“Autumn : An Alphabet Acrostic” by Steven Schnur is a lovely book that is also a wonderful introduction to this form of poetry for young children. Each page has a poem about the season, from Acorns to Owls to Pumpkins. Each letter of the words is a jumping off point for a sentence in the poem. The beauty of this book is that it reads well traditionally as well as individual poems. It really makes it two books in one.