Here in Ontario, as in many other parts of the world, Fall means that the leaves are changing colour and then falling to the ground. The colours are gorgeous to see (my favourite thing about Fall!) but the kids get so excited to see the leaves beginning to fall on the ground. We seem to collect piles and piles of leaves every time we go out for a walk! But what do you do with all of the leaves? Don’t worry, there are so many fun things to do with leaves in the fall for kids!
Do you remember jumping in piles of leaves as a kid? It’s probably one of the most fun activities for kids, but there’s so many other educational things you can do with leaves! If your kids are collecting leaves and you’re not sure what to do with them, here are 9 things to do with leaves in the fall for kids.
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1. Go for a walk and collect some leaves
This is probably an obvious one, but you’re going to need to collect some leaves if you want to do any activities with them! If you’re not in an area where you can collect leaves, you can always pick up some silk or cloth leaves at the dollar store, or even on amazon.
2. Use your 5 senses
Describe the leaves using your five senses. What do the leaves smell like? How do they feel? What do they look like? What do you hear (when you’re outside, the crunch or as they fall to the ground)? The last of the five senses is taste, but you might not want to taste the leaves!
3. Make Leaf rubbings
This is a classic kindergarten activity! Choose a few leaves of different sizes or shapes, place a piece of paper overtop and gently use a crayon to colour overtop of the leaf. Kids will be amazed to see the details of the leaf appear on their paper.
4. Create leaf art
5. Create fall decorations
Leaves can be used in many ways to decorate your house for fall. Some easy ideas are to place dried leaves in a large jar, vase or lantern, or scatter them on a shelf or ledge for some autumn feeling inside. You can also glue them to a jar to make a luminary, or hang them from a branch for a leaf mobile!
6. Sort the leaves
There are so many ways to sort leaves, but some of the easiest ways are to sort by colour (red, green, brown, yellow), size (large, small) or shape (round, pointy). You can ask your child how they might sort the leaves or prompt them by sorting a few and having them continue. Then ask how they sorted, or how they decided which leaves went in each pile.
7. Make patterns
Patterning is another classic kindergarten and preschool activity. You can vary the complexity of the patterns, keeping it simple if your child is just beginning to understand patterns or make the patterns more complex to challenge your child. Patterns can be made by alternating colour, size, shape or direction of the leaves. Make a pattern and see if your child can guess the pattern and then challenge them to create a pattern for you!
8. Compare the leaves
An easy way to incorporate math into some play with leaves is to use math words like bigger/ smaller and more/less. You can talk about which leaves are bigger and which leaves are smaller (this might also happen naturally when sorting the leaves!). Make two piles of leaves and ask which one has more and which has less (to make it easier for your child, make the piles obviously different so they don’t have to count but can visually see which has more and which has less).
9. Count leaves
My guys love to count. I’m not sure why, but I’m not going to argue with that! There are some fun ways to practice counting if your child isn’t as eager as my guys. Take a few leaves and count each leaf (up to ten or twenty is best, depending on your child). Or you can roll a dice and then find that many leaves. If you have number cards or even numbers of a sticky note, place a number down and have your child find that amount of leaves. Alternatively, collect an amount of leaves and have your child find the numeral that matches the amount of leaves.
There are so many fun activities to do! I hope you’ve found a few ways to incorporate leaves into your learning this fall!
What are your favourite things to do with leaves in the fall for kids? Let us know in the comments below.
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