3-6 Culture Album – Botany – Botany Cabinet

BOTANY CABINET (small group presentation)

To introduce the child to the classification of leaf shapes.


4+ years

Refer to the Sensorial Manual.

Refer to the Sensorial Manual for the presentation of the Botany Cabinet.
It is important that the child should have had a good deal of sensorial experience with trees/plants and a variety of real leaf shapes.

Exercise 1:
As in presentation.

Exercise 2:
Show how to trace the shapes and color them.
An alternative would be to use colored paper.
Encourage the child to make a booklet of their shapes and label them, if appropriate.

Exercise 3:
Collect a variety of leaves with the children.
Help the children sort the leaves according to their shapes using the botany cabinet as a guide.