‘The ingenuity of the life process inspires creativity within me.’
In this activity, children will be introduced to the process of photosynthesis by using chlorophyll as an art form.
Green tree leaves (about 20)
Cardstock paper (at least 2 pieces)
Introduction video to photosynthesis (optional) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPBMG5EYydo
The green substance in leaves that is responsible for absorbing the suns light to be used in the process of photosynthesis (how a plant makes its food)
Watch the following video for an introduction to photosynthesis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPBMG5EYydo
Invite your child to collect about 20 green tree leaves
On one piece of cardstock paper draw a tree trunk and place leaves on top of the trunk
Place the other piece of cardstock overtop the paper with the trunk drawing/actual leaves
Use the metal spoon to firmly press on the top piece of card stock where the leaves are. Apply lots of pressure.
After lifting up the top piece of cardstock there will be your trunk drawing with residue from the chlorophyll
Your child may want to use markers or watercolors to add details to the scene
They may want to use this method to add the color green into other drawings or watercolor paintings
Give your child a magnifying glass to examine the leaf prior and after crushing it for art.
Questions to Ask
What do you notice about the size, shape, and texture of the leaf?
How does the leaf change when you crush it?
What are some other ways you can use the chlorophyll of the leaf in art?
Hug the tree and say thank you after taking its leaves
Sit under the tree for a 1-minute mediation
Smell the leaves before and after you crush them