A great activity for grade schoolers and can be adapted for different ages and learning styles. This is a multi-stage process, requiring some time to wait while the leaves are pressed. This could be torture for some kids, but I do think there is something to be said for encouraging slowness in things, especially as Pagans and witches.
You will need:
Gather some leaves of plants that are medicinal. Try and find some of different sizes and maturation and also flowers if possible.
Press them in a single layer on the flower press or in the book.
Depending on the leaves, wait about a week or so for them to be flat and dry.
In the meantime, paint a rectangle onto your postcards in a muted color if you are using watercolors.
When they are ready, arrange the leaves on each piece of card on top of the painted square if you painted one, one card for each variety.
Write the name of the plant on each card.
Turn the card over and write the medicinal and magickal properties of the plant.
Tip 1: If you don’t live somewhere with green spaces, you can still find medicinal plants in parks, wasteland etc. Look for dandelions, clover, plantain, some leaves from trees such as pine or birch.
Tip 2: The painted square makes the postcards look like botanical specimens. You could give the cards a beautiful antique look by using black tea.
Tip 3: The project can be easy. For younger ones if you do the writing and talk to them about the cards. If you have older children, encourage them to research the uses of the plants.
Tip 4: Label the leaves when you press them so you don’t forget when you go back to them. Or if you don’t label them you can research their shapes with your children.
Tip 5: The cards can be part of a Book of Shadows, or they can be put on display.