I recently purchased my first paper punches and I’ve been going a little punch-crazy around here ever since. For this craft I used a leaf-shaped paper punch, blank index cards, green crayons, a Sharpie marker, a glass bottle from the recycling bin, a small branch from outside, and some glue.
First we used the various shades of green crayons to color the blank index cards. (This step could be skipped if you use green cardstock to start with.) Once green, we used the paper punch to punch leaves out of the index cards.
Most of this work was done by LittleMan and SunnyGirl together. Having only one paper punch made it a great opportunity to practice taking turns.
We continued making leaves until we had 100. Then I wrote numbers 1-100 on the leaves using a Sharpie marker while LittleMan counted aloud, telling me what number to write next.
Once all the leaves were numbered, I placed them on a plate near the glass bottle with the small branch and some glue.
LittleMan then carefully squeezed a dot of glue onto the back of each leaf and adhered it to the tree, calling out each number as he went.
I thought this project might require a break half way through, after-all 100 leaves is a lot to to glue, but LittleMan worked consistently until finished.
The end result is a lovely little number tree to decorate our homeschool classroom.
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