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    By MJ

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    Leaf rubbings are fun to do also. We have even had kids bring in old white, or light colored, Tshirts. Then they pick the leaves they like from the ground. Lay them out in a design on the shirt. Place a paper sack between the front and back of the shirt, and spray paint lightly the front or back of the shirt. When you take off the leaves, it has a cool design on it. Kids love it! Spray paint is inexpensive and you can do about 20-25 shirts with one can. I usually looked for a bronze color, browns, or greens. You can even have kids bring in one can if budget is tight.
    We used to do a science experiment with the leaves to before they turned colors. You crumbled up several leaves and put them in a baby food jar. Cover them with fingernail polish remover. Tape a strip of paper towel to a pencil and then lay the pencil across the top of the jar. Colors will creep up the paper towel. It is the colors the leaves will turn in the Fall. I haven't done this for about 5 years because I don't teach science anymore, but I think I remembered all the parts. It was impressive. Then once the leaves start turning you can see how they actually turn.


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