Botany Cabinet


A cabinet with 3 drawers that contain a total of 14 leaf shape insets (with knobs) and frames
  • Drawer 1: orbiculate, linear, deltoid
  • Drawer 2: ovate, lanceolate, elliptical, obovate, reniform, spatulate
  • Drawer 3: cordate, hastate, sagittate, obcordate, acerose/acicular
An wooden stick with which to trace around the leaf shapes

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  • Visual Discrimination of Natural Forms
  • Invite the child to the presentation.
  • Walk to the Botany Cabinet. In the first presentation, work with three contrasting leaf figures and fill the other three spaces with yellow blanks. 
  • Show the child how to carry the tray with two hands on either ends of the tray. Allow the child to choose a table to work. 
  • Sit on the right side of the child if you are right-handed.  
  • Pick up the shape in the far left side corner of the tray. Use your left hand thumb, index and middle fingers to hold the knob of the leaf shape. 
  • Turn the shape upside down to face you. With your right hand, grasp the wooden stick (hold in a pencil grip).
  • Trace around the leaf shape in a clockwise direction. Do this several times slowly and precisely. 
  • When you are finished tracing around the shape, place it on the table. 
  • Use your wooden stick to trace around the shape's inset in the tray. Trace in a counterclockwise direction. Do this several times slowly and precisely. 
  • Put your wooden stick down on the table and place the leaf shape back its inset. 
  • Repeat the with the rest of the shapes in the tray. 
  • When you are finished, return to the shelf in the same manner you retrieved it.