Pressed Leaf Star Garland

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Quick, Quick, run outside and gather some of those large sycamore leaves off the ground! They make the loveliest pressed stars for stringing……..

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Why do leaves change color in the fall?

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It’s a question we have all been asking since we were little- why do leaves go from green to red, to orange, or to yellow in the fall? Well, there are 3 factors that influence this spectacular change: 1. pigments in the leaf, 2. the decreasing length of the day and sunshine, and 3. weather. As our nights grow longer, days grow shorter, and the temperatures get cooler, a biochemical process is taking place in the leaves of deciduous trees……..

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Star Flower Constellation Activity

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Did you know that the Latin word “aster” means star? Can you see why? Just look at those lovely little blooms and it becomes obvious- the little ray-like petals look like sprays of light surrounding a little yellow twinkle of a star. Learning the meaning of this little flower’s name really inspired me; it inspired me to make constellations out of the flowers. Making constellations out of aster is not only a great way to learn the star formations, but it’s pretty too. Stars and flowers, you can’t get much better than that!

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Dried Herbal Bouquets

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I find that fall, due to the mild weather it brings, is a perfect time to go outside and collect plants. Though summer is more recognized for it’s flora, some plants, such as goldenrod, bloom exclusively in the fall. Going outside and seeing how nature changes from season to season can be magical, even just a short walk can bring many gifts. I love to gather flowers on my walks so I can hang pretty herbal bundles in my room, they are little bits of fall to enjoy when the cold, gray winter months hit.

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Suspension Glitter Pendants

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Since Valentine’s day is coming up, I thought that I would make some glitter pendants for my cousin and sister. They love pink, so pink glitter was an obvious choice to use in the pendants. Glitter pendants are not just pretty but a great way to teach about suspension as well.

Supplies to Gather:

-glitter
-glass jar with cork stopper (I bought mine from amazon)
-corn syrup or vegetable glycerin
-eye screw
-cording

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Bubble Science and Recipes

What is it about bubbles that is so captivating to the young and old alike? Is it their beauty that is there for only a brief moment? Is it that they float with little effort before hitting the ground? Or is it their simplicity? I think Grover from Sesame Street explains the love of bubbles best in his poem- “Ode to a Bubble”

Little bubble round and fair,
Floating slowly through the air,
The wind blows you hither yon,
Then you POP-
You are all gone!
You last for a teeny while,
But while you do,
you make me SMILE.

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