Pressed leaves will be simple to add to the nature notebook. White glue or glue sticks work well to hold leaves in place. Older children can look up the names of different leaf types, while younger children can simply enjoy collecting their leaves. If you’re feeling more artistic, use the leaves to create pictures. Animals are especially fun to create with small leaves.
How to press leaves
After several days, the leaves will be ready to use. Don’t store them in a plastic bag or airtight container. Any moisture in the leaf will cause mold growth.
- Start by collecting leaves. Look for different sizes, shapes and colors,
- Lay a paper towel on the kitchen counter. Spread the leaves onto the paper towel. Place another paper towel on top,
- Continue layering, alternating paper towels and leaves,
- When finished, top with several heavy books and let these leaves press and dry for about a week.
Creating a nature notebook
A nature notebook can be made out of paper, card stock, or craft paper. My favorite way to make a notebook is with large 5×7 blank cards. Natural colors are great for making notebooks.
- Punch two holes in the side of the book,
- From the back of the book, place one end of a rubber band through the top hole and the other end of the rubber band through the bottom hole,
- Use a twig to hold the two ends of the rubber band in place, and your notebook is ready to go.
Inspirational books about collecting leaves