|Leaf Bowl and picture by HelloLucky|
You could also collect leaves that have survived the winter in fairly good shape and form 'vases' with glue and balloons. They are delicate, but beautiful. They could be used as a Mother's Day present.
1. Collect leaves from around the school, or have the children bring them in from home. All the same, or at least the same size works well, but is not necessary. Have students identify the kind of tree they came from.
2. Give each student a small water balloon, the kind used in water balloon fights. They tend to be smaller. Blow up the balloon and tie it off. Use cut off cardboard tubes or little cups to hold the balloons as your students work on them. Putting their names on the tube or cup will help identify to whom the vase belongs. Place the balloon, knot side up on top the cup or tube.
3. Mix about a quarter cup of glue with about three tablespoons of water in a bowl for each student.
4.Very carefully dip the leaves in glue solution. Apply them to the balloon. Use the natural curve of the leaves to meet the shape of the balloon. Go around the balloon placing leaves. Do not cover the top of the balloon. This will be the vase opening. Work around the knot of the balloon, leaving it sticking out as you will cut it off later. Do only one layer, one leaf overlapping the other.
5. Let dry. When completely dry. Spray or paint over with lacquer or other finishing product that gives a slight glaze. This may be a job just for a grown up, since these glazes can be harmful as far as fumes are concerned. You may like to add a tiny bit of glitter to give the vase some pop. You may do this before the glaze dries so the sparklies will stick.
6. Carefully stick the balloon with a screwer or other sharp object. This can be a fun part for the kids besides getting all messy with glue. Hold onto the balloon knot as you pop it. Very, Very carefully remove the balloon from inside the vase.
7. Set the vase down and help form a flat surface on the bottom or knot side. You may want to glaze and glitter the inside of vase. Let dry.
8. Place the vase in a lit window so the light shining through will show the real beauty of the leaves. Put in a box that is close to the vase size. Send home wrapped as a Mother's Day present or just send home in the box to keep it safe.