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Looking at Leaves


Gather a variety of leaves and show them to children. Develop students' observation skills with these activities:

  • Ask children what is the same and different about the leaves.
  • Let children study leaves through a magnifying glass. Point out the leaves' veins, colors, and how the leaves' size changes when viewed through a magnifying glass.
  • Let children use same-sized pieces of string to measure the length and width of leaves.
  • Invite children to draw pictures of their leaves.


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