Picture Book Project: Make a Leaf Family

Picture Book Project: Make a Leaf FamilyOver the past few weeks we have been collecting leaves and putting them into our leaf press.  After reading the book, Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, the girls got very excited about the idea of creating leaf people.  When the leaves were ready they got straight to work. They were having so much fun that my husband and I joined in and together we created a leaf family.

I love these moments, when our whole family gets involved in a project together.  The conversation that comes up while we sit & create together is very insightful.  We had a great time, sipping tea, chatting and working together on our leaf family.

The next morning, the girls decided to make a “Leaf Family” book and movie based on another Lois Ehlert book called Snowballs.


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With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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