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We live in a desert climate, so we don’t see as many trees shed their leaves as other climates with “real” Fall. So when the one deciduous tree we have in our yard starts to lose its leaves my kids get super excited! There are so many fun ways to play with Fall leaves and of course many learning opportunities. We are so excited that it is finally cooling down for us and playing outside is simply the best.
Here are some fun ways we learned through Fall leaf play:
- Action words/vocabulary: My girls had a blast raking the leaves into a pile and then jumping into the leaves. This is a great activity for learning action words: rake, jump, throw, etc. They talked about what they were doing with each other and laughed with joy as they threw the leaves up and watched them flutter down to the ground.
- Social interaction: With a two and six year old, I get so excited when an activity brings them together in play. I find that activities that involve nature provide great opportunities for them to interact together, as they explore and learn at their own levels. They took turns raking, jumping into the leaves and throwing the leaves (with a little support from me here an there). Watching them play together is so sweet (until they start arguing, haha).
- Talk about textures: As the girls threw the leaves they noticed that some were crunchy and some were smoother. They crumbled up the crunchy brown ones and tried to do the same with the green leaves, but noticed they didn’t crumble. Then my six year old compared and contrasted the textures of the leaves. My two year old loved piling up the brown, crunchy leaves and stepping on them while saying, “crunch, crunch, crunch!”
- Colors, counting, science, shapes and more! We had fun talking about the colors and found yellow, green, brown, and multicolored leaves. Here’s a great article on why leaves change colors that we found because mommy needed to “Google it” when my six year old asked this question (Lol): Why Leaves Chang Colors. There were also different shaped leaves and of course plenty of leaves to count and sort by color.
I know that there are many other fun ways to learn with leaves and would love to hear about your awesome ideas/activities in the comments below! Feel free to leave a link in your comment if you have a fun Fall leaf activity on your blog or something you’ve done with your kids!
Here are some fun book ideas to expand on the concepts: