We are forever sweeping up gum leaves.
Of course, being a preschool teacher I can never throw anything away without first thinking of how we can use it with the kids.
These gum leaves were originally destined to be Aussie Christmas decorations - a simpler, spur of the moment version of the ones found on Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning.
Grab some textas to decorate the leaves,
a hole punch to make the holes and string and you are good to go.
The kids had other ideas. They associate threading with making necklaces, and much preferred to wear their creations than decorate the preschool with them.
Can't blame them really.
For more ideas on things to do with leaves:
Threading Leaves from A Little Learning for Two
Leaf Threading With Help From a Very Hungry Caterpillar from Playing in Prep
Autumn Threading from Preschool Play
Gum Leaf Jewellery