As summer winds down and families get back into their regular routine, it may be easy to forget to take advantage of opportunities to learn together as a family. Fall is a beautiful time of year when the leaves start changing colour and begin to fall off the trees. Leaves provide many learning opportunities for you and your child – so simple and fun!
Here are some leaf activities to try with your child during this fall season:
Create a Leaf Scavenger Hunt!
- Work with your child to create a list of items to look for on your scavenger hunt. For example:
- Find 2 orange leaves
- Find 3 red leaves
- Find 1 leaf with smooth edges
- Find 1 big leaf
- Find 4 small leaves
Go for a walk outside!
- Talk about the different colours of the leaves.
- Ask your child questions like, “Is this leaf bigger or smaller than this leaf?” “Does the leaf have smooth or sharpe edges?”
- Have your child gather up a bunch of leaves and practice counting how many they collected.
- Collect different types of leaves and feel the different textures with your hands. Ask your child, “Does this leaf feel soft?” “Does this leaf feel rough?”
- Collect some leaves and use them to make some fun artwork. Using the leaves, a thin sheet of paper and some crayons, you can make “leaf rubbings.”
- First, place the leaves under a thin sheet of paper. You will want to place the leaves bottom side facing up.
- Second, rub the crayon(s) on the paper and watch the leaf print come through.
Just Have Fun!
- If you have access, rake together a pile of leaves for you and your child. Have fun jumping into the pile!
We hope that you are able to enjoy this fall season, learning and growing together with your child. Have fun with the leaves and the nature that surrounds you!
More about the Learn Together – Grow Together program starting again January 2016 in Edmonton.