Fall is a great time to collect “things” from outside and use them for learning activities. You can also turn this into a race to get your kids moving. Example: “Who can collect a red, orange, yellow, brown, and green leaf first?” Or you can turn your backyard into an obstacle course and while your kids are going through it, they can collect leaves for activities later. Leaves are a great resource to teach your littles about seasonal changes, colors, and fine motor skills (picking up the leaves with their pinchers). Below is a list of fun leaf activities to do with your kids!
- Leaf sensory bin- this can include leaves, pine cones, kernels of corn, acorns and anything else you might find in the back yard!
- Sorting leaves- sort leaves by color (red, orange, yellow, brown, and green)
- Leaf Wreath- create a wreath using leaves
- Leaf matching game- glue leaves on white paper or card stock and cut out. Make sure each leaf has a pair ( similar color and shape) and ask your kids to find the matching leaves.
- Make leaf creatures. Use different leaves to create animals on paper.
- Leaf rubbings
These activities are all hands on and allow your kids to learn while having fun. If you don’t have leaves where you live you can go to a local park to collect them.