What Goes On Inside a Leaf?
The leaf is one of the most important parts of a plant. Leaves provide food and air to help a plant stay healthy and grow. They use the chemical called chlorophyll to trap energy from the sun. This process is known as photosynthesis. As we can see from our surroundings, there are many different types of leaves that vary widely in size, shape, and colour.
There are many ideas of leaf activities for your kids that will build up their interest to our mother nature. Become a leaf collector or This activity will take one to two hours for making the scrapbook and drawing. Conducting this activity during autumn would be ideal.
- Leaves from different types of trees.
- A pencil or fine-line pen
- A book guide for leaves
1. Take your children on a nature walk and ask them to collect as many different coloured leaves they can find. This is also a great way to get your kids to unknowingly do some really good exercise.
Top Tip: Try to avoid leaves with holes and tears in.
2. Once you get home, sort the leaves and put them into groups of similar ones.
3. Take some leaf cuttings and stick them in the scrapbook.
4. Use your book guide to identify the leaves and put a label on each page so your kids will know what kind of leaves they are.
5. When they have finished the activity, place their scrapbook under a pile of books for a few weeks. This will preserve the leaves.
6. Once the leaves are pressed and preserved your kids can use their book for homework activities, school projects and even draw the leaves if you’re looking for more activities to do.
Photosynthesis – A process by which green plants and some other organisms use sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water. Photosynthesis in plants generally involves the green pigment chlorophyll and generates oxygen as a by-product.
Chlorophyll – A green pigment present in all green plants and in cyanobacteria, responsible for absorbing light to provide energy for photosynthesis. Its molecule contains a magnesium atom held in a porphyrin ring.
Other useful information:
Blade – The blade is the broad and flat part of the leaf.
Veins – The veins are smaller than the midrib and expand off the midrib throughout the leaf.
Petiole – The Petiole is the leaf stalk. It connects the blade to the stem.