|Leapin Lizards! Look at those Leaves!
Its fall but winters on its way. Knowing this, deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves) slow down and stop making food. Without food, they drop their leaves. Now the trees are ready for a tree hibernation, a little nap until next spring.
But why the Colors?
In the summer, leaves may look green, but actually they contain many colors. Lucky for us, orange, red and yellow come out of hiding to put on a fantastic show as the trees prepare to sleep for the winter.
Can you match these familiar leaves with their proper name?
Maple ____ Oak ____ Birch ____ Sweet Gum ____
11/2 C br. sugar
1/2 C butter
1 3/4 C pumpkin
2 3/4 C flour
1 T baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ginger
- Preheat oven to 400º F
- Mix first four ingredients together well
- Mix remaining dry ingredients together in a bowl
- Mix dry ingredients with the wet ingredients
- Drop by spoonfuls onto baking sheet
- Bake 10-12 minutes
Warm 4 C cider
Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp cloves and 2 orange slices
- Pour into mugs and serve with a cinnamon stick
Gather only the most beautiful leaves. Tie them together in a bunch and put them in a flower vase without water. Perfect for holiday centerpieces.
October Word Scramble
Look for yourself, Find that Perfect Leaf
We all have our own idea of the perfect autumn leaf, one thats worth pressing in a big book to keep forever.
- one solid bright color
- a perfect shape
- lots of splotchy colors
- super big or teeny tiny
Families Around the World
Sat. Oct. 21 (4-8pm)-Celebrate Families from Around the World with Chesapeake Childrens Museum. Storytelling, dances, games, crafts and food from different cultures keep you busy all evening. Cafeteria, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold. $8/kids, $10/adults: 410/990-1993.
Leaf Stars and Butterflies
Sat. Oct 21 (2-3:30pm)-Pick up a colorful leaf, what do you think it looks like? A star? Butterfly? Make a beautiful fall craft from leaves you collect and learn which trees they come from. Ages 6-10. Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Port Republic. 410/535-5327.
Oct. 21 & 22 (2pm)-Create colorful flowers that will last and last. Tissue paper flowers make great gifts. Ages 6+. Zany Brainy, Annapolis Harbour Center: 410/266-1447.
rsvp by Oct. 23 for Oct 27 (10:30am)-Ghouls and goblins, its time for a party. Put on your Halloween costume and get ready for some fun. Enjoy crafts, games and ghoulish treats. Ages 3+. Northeast Community Center, Chesapeake Beach. $3: 410/257-2554.
rsvp by Oct. 23 for Oct 28 (2pm)-Bring your dog in Halloween costume and let the hunt begin. Take a spooky walk to the boneyard where your dog can find hidden doggie treats. Awards for costumed canines. All ages. Dunkirk District Park. $3/dog: 410/257-2554.