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Creating a Leaf Collection

Collect, store, and classify leaves you find in your backyard!

Approximate Time: Ongoing


  • wax paper
  • 3-ring binder
  • leaves
  • Ad

  • pen
  • shoebox
  • iron
  • plastic business card sleeves or plastic DVD sleeves for larger leaves
  • leaf dichotomous key
  • construction paper
  • three ring binder


  1. Collect leaves from your backyard and put them into a shoebox.
  2. Using wax paper, iron both sides of the leaf to preserve it on a low, dry setting.
  3. Slip leaves into a plastic sleeve that fits in a 3-ring binder (I used plastic business card sleeves and plastic DVD sleeves for larger leaves).
  4. Use construction paper to brighten up the collection, and provide a space to label the leaves.
  5. Use online dichotomous keys to classify your plants based on appearance.

Enjoy your keepsake leaf collection!


By GRAPE from Collegeville, PA

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August 27, 20120 found this helpful

Great way to encourage kids to care about science and enjoy nature! Thanks for sharing your collection!

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September 7, 20120 found this helpful

Absolutely love it! Thank you!

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