OK.........there's a little backstory to how this activity evolved. First of all, I've never seen this particular activity anywhere else in blog-land. Chances are good that someone somewhere has done it, but I've never seen it. Here's the story. I have been writing weekly posts for my local MOPS website called "Mommy and Me Mondays" where I give our MOPS moms ideas for simple activities to do with their young children. For this past Monday I had what I thought was a great idea......to use dollar store silk leaves and decoupage them onto a clear glass vase as a fall decoration. I loved that young children could easily be involved with spreading the Mod-Podge onto the vase. One problem: the silk leaves wouldn't stick to the vase no matter how much Mod-Podge my son and I slathered onto it. I swear I've seen this idea done somewhere (the leaves on vase idea, not the one I'm sharing here) but maybe it was with real leaves that had been pressed flat. That might work better than the silk ones. I think the problem was that the silk ones weren't flat enough to mold themselves to the contours of the vase. Anyhoo...........I realized the futility of this craft idea on Sunday afternoon and had to get a post up by Monday morning. That's when the following idea was born.
First I took my package of $1 Dollar General leaves (I had 2 packages but one would be PLENTY for this activity)..........
I used my scissors to cut slits into the leaves as shown below.
Then I found a fall ribbon and cut about a 2-foot length. I folded the ends over and sewed a button to each end. This will prevent the ends from fraying and will make them sturdier and thus easier for little hands to manipulate.
Since I was trying this out at home, the photo below shows my youngest son placing the leaves onto the ribbon. He loved working with them and said he was making a pattern. (I thought I should explain the bare belly in the photo. We don't usually take our shirts off at preschool. At home it's okay though.)
Here is my son holding up his leaf garland. It looks very pretty. He wanted to hang it up in our house right away. I told him that this one is for Mommy's classroom. Luckily I have a BUNCH of leaves left over and we'll make a longer one to decorate our home this weekend.