Use fall foliage to teach your children about the many different trees in our area. If you need a refresher on the different types of leaves that are typical to the Chicago area, use a guide to trees based on leaf shapes such as Identify a Tree by Leaf Silhouette.
Construction paper or card stock paper
string or ribbon
Gather together a variety of leaves with the kids. Once you
have a good assortment assembled, place each leaf between two
sheets of wax paper and cover with a thin towel.
Iron until a wax paper seal forms (using the hot iron is an
Trim around the seal in the shape of the leaf.
Glue each leaf to a piece of construction or other heavy-weight
paper to make your book.
Write the name of the tree of origin next to each leaf.
Decorate a cover for your book and give it a title (we used "The
Trees in My Neighborhood").
Use a hole punch to make two holes along the left side of the
paper and secure with a ribbon or string. Add to your book
throughout the season as you find new leaves.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.