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I LOVE books by Lois Ehlert. So when I came across this one (aff link) on Amazon and realized that not only did I not own it, I had never read it… well, I decided it was time to buy! So I did. Leaf Man is a fabulous book and true to form, Ehlert has once again brought her illustrations to life and made fun shapes and sizes of pages. As soon as the book came in, I read it to Becca, and have read it to her every day since. She loves it, and loves looking at the pictures to see all the creatures Ehlert has created in her illustrations – using only leaves.
So we decided (it was pretty mutual) that we should try to make our own Leaf Man. I got out the rest of the leaves left over from our owl project, and we made all kinds of fun things on her tray. Then, I got out some beans and popcorn kernels and toothpicks from her fall sensory bin for eyes and such. We had a lot of fun making them… and then she started to get bored. But she noticed her beans sorta made the letter O… and we were off. I started making letters out of beans, and she started making letters out of toothpicks, and it was super fun. You never know when you will have an impromptu lesson on your hands!