Art, Plants and Animals

Stringart leaf

The trees are various. They differ in the appearance of the leaves and the hardness of the wood. What’s more, they change depending on age or seasons of the year. Linden trees have soft wood, which is why they are eagerly chosen by carvers. Oaks, on the other hand, have hard wood, so they are often used for floors or structural elements. In the past, when bread was baked in wooden forms, it was believed that oak forms guaranteed a successful, delicious loaf.

During the game, we will learn about the selected type of wood. We will create a three-dimensional image of a leaf on the board. We will see that even the smallest elements of trees are characterized by great complexity. Their nerves, i.e. the arrangement of veins, are characteristic of individual groups. It plays a very important role in stiffening the leaf and conducting water and other substances.


  • Getting to know the shape of the leaves of selected trees
  • Pay attention to the changing colours of leaves in autumn
  • Paying attention to the wood of different trees (colour, hardness)


Time: 30 minutes


  • Leafs attachment 4.1
  • A sheet of white paper
  • Wooden board
  • Nails
  • Hammer, preferably with a claw
  • Scissors
  • Colourful thread (shades of green or autumn colours)

Task flow

  1. Print the leaves (Attachment 4.1). Depending on the size of the board, we choose the A4 or A3 print format.
  2. Cut out the selected leaf shape.
  3. We place the leaf on the board. We lightly drive the nail on the shape and vein innervation, at a distance of 5-15 mm, pulling it out each time the driving hole is marked.
  4. Remove the paper leaf pattern.
  5. We drive nails into the designated places, this time firmly.
  6. We mark the contours of the leaf and the internal veins with the darkest thread, each time entwining the thread around subsequent nail heads.
  7. We freely fill the inside of the leaf with the selected colours the thread.
  8. Mark the contour and veins of the leaf again using the darkest thread.
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The post was created as part of a project co-financed by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt in cooperation with the Naturschutzzentrum Oberlausitzer Bergland.

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