Domain: Cognitive, Physical
Take the children on a leaf walk this fall to pick up leaves. Then when you get back you can do all sorts of activities with them.
- SORTING: Ask the children to sort the leaves any way they want and then explain to the other children what their sorting rule was. (For example, one child might sort by color while another sorts by shape).
- COUNTING: Count the leaves that each child has collected, or the number of leaves in each category from the leaf sort activity above.
- RUBBING: Create leaf rubbings by placing paper on top of a leaf with the vein side up and using the side of a peeled crayon to rub over the leaf onto the paper and reveal the vein pattern.
- PRESSING: Have children arrange leaves on a piece of waxed paper and place another sheet of waxed paper over the top. A grown up can use an iron to press the waxed paper pieces together sealing the leaves inside. (Clear contact paper could also be used).
- CREATING: Children can glue leaves to paper in arrangements that look like insects, animals, birds, or whatever they imagine. They can use markers to add details to their creation.
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