We have been busy making these gorgeous thanksgiving poems in my elementary school class. I loved the finished product and had to share it with you. The idea for this project came from this great website: Let's Explore
I thought it would be too difficult for me to try to center and type all of the student's poems and so their poems are just handwritten. I think it is fun that their 10 year old script is preserved for the future along with the things that they are thankful for.
Here are the steps that we followed:
1. Use this template to create a thanksgiving poem of your own. Write it out first on a sheet of scrap paper. Thankful Poem
2. Print out the leaf pattern and cut it out. Maple Leaf Pattern
3. Trace around the leaf with pencil on a piece of white card stock.
4. Copy your poem onto the white card stock, writing as neatly as possible with a black pen.
5. Erase the shape of the maple leaf around the poem.
6. Cut the maple leaf shape out of contact paper. (Make sure the leaf is facing the same direction as your poem on the paper!)
7. Cover the poem with the contact paper leaf.
8. Water color all over your paper. No need to try to stay within the lines. The contact paper will provide a nice sharp edge when you peal it off. It is like magic!!
9. Let dry.