Decorate your classroom by making your own palm leaves from construction paper! This activity helps young children build motor skills, while giving them a chance to learn about and appreciate leaves.
Set Up Ideas
For a little inspiration, show off photos of different leaves around the world, especially the kinds found in jungles. Jungles are home to a wide variety of beautiful vegetation.
Let’s Get Started
This simple activity requires very few materials. You'll simply need to gather 9" x 12" green construction paper and scissors for each child.
Fold one piece of 8" x 11" construction paper in half.
Draw an outline in the shape of a palm leaf onto the construction paper. Your leaf can be oval or round shaped. Don't forget the stem!
Cut out the outline of your leaf shape carefully, including the stem piece.
Allow the glue to dry completely before handling your mask. Then, show off your masks with an animal parade!
Talk to students about the different plants in the jungle and how they help deliver oxygen to the planet.
Tips and Tricks
Turn your leaves into jungle vines by hanging the children's leaves onto a string or even a rope.
Follow up Activity
There are so many uses for your palm leaves! Use them to decorate bulletin boards and walls, with our backdrops to create a 3-dimensional jungle scene, as placemats or as name cards.