What can you do with fall leaves (besides walk through them and listen to that fabulous crunch, crunch, crunch!)? If the October/November edition of The Mailbox Preschool magazine is any indication, the answer is a lot! Here are some of the things we did with fall leaves—and you can easily implement them in your early childhood classroom as well.
- Have youngsters use clothespins to hang leaves on a clothesline strung at student eye level. (Fine-motor skills)
- Encourage students to place leaves on a Venn diagram by color. We did red, yellow, and both! (Color identification, organizing data)
- Have little ones study real leaves and fake leaves and then sort them. (Living vs. nonliving)
- Lead youngsters in leaf-themed songs. Here’s a fun freebie song for you!
(sung to the tune of “Deck the Halls”)
Rake the leaves so orange and brown.
Hear them make a crunching sound.
Pick a pumpkin; wear a sweater.
Fa-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-fall!
Birds fly south to warmer weather.
So what do you do with fall leaves?