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Friday, July 6, 2012

A Child's Eye: Art by Jesal Chawla, Age 9



Fun things to do with leaves

We see the flowers and appreciate them. We see the trees and give them names. But we take the leaves completely for granted.

Today, let’s pay some attention to the lowly leaf. Let us go to a garden or a park and pick up all the different kinds of leaves we can see. Remember, we will not pluck them from the trees or plants. We will just pick up the ones that have already fallen.



Let us concentrate on the beauty and variety of that green kitchen that provides plant life with its food! Let’s marvel at the myriad shapes, the varied shades and sizes. Let’s pinch them a little and find out if we can smell their tree in them. Let’s caress them and discover their distinctive textures. And when we’ve done all that, let us use our imaginations to see what we can do with our collection of leaves!

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS THAT I CAME UP WITH—
1. Put different kinds of long leaves in a vase. They look just as great and last much longer than flowers!
I found a picture of a leaf in a vase on http://img.hgtv.com/HGTV/2006/12/08/dec06decnews_leaves_pb_lg.jpg

Doesn't it look beautiful?


2. Let them all dry in the sunlight and put them like pot-pourri in a beautiful glass or crystal bowl on a low table.

3. Press some fresh leaves in thick books for a day or two. Then gently use a wet toothbrush to clean away the skin of the leaf. A fine, white net will be left. When it is dry, you can paint wonderful pictures on the net. Stick your painting on a card and send it to everybody!

We used to do this with peepal leaves when we were children. I found you a picture of this leaf painting on http://inventorspot.com/files/images/leaf1_0.jpg



4. Make a leaf-painting. Collect many kinds of leaves, carefully brush some poster colour on them and press on a white sheet of paper to make paintings. With a little imagination you can make mountains and fishes, birds and animals, huts and trees and even people—all with different shapes and sizes of leaves!



CAN YOU THINK OF SOME MORE INTERESTING THINGS TO DO WITH LEAVES?

I found this leaf-mobile on

http://www.vintagemint.com/wp-content/uploads/leaf_mobile_dsponge.jpg