Our next craft was taken from here. I simplified it some because I didn’t want to get into painting with little kids just yet. 🙂 I printed out the pattern and then photocopied it onto red, yellow, and orange construction paper. I learned from last week that the kids didn’t like to trace and I spent a lot of time tracing their patterns for them. I thought they would be asking for help cutting, but they did surprisingly well! Each kid had time to make two or three leaves (depending on how well they focused on the task at hand).
Anyway, first make the fan folds on the long edge (hot dog folds).
Keep it folded in half and cut out the leaf.
Then, open it back up and redo the fan folds.
Fold it in half so the long edges of the leaf meet. Glue (or tape or staple) the long edges together and voila, leaf.
The great thing about this is it doesn’t matter how you make the fan folds. Big, little, a mix, it all works and makes the leaves unique.