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Fun Fall Leaf Activities For You and Your Kiddos! #MBPFALL21

Fall is here! Pumpkins, apples, hayrides, apple cider, hot chocolate, and beautiful colors on the trees! Here are some ways to use those leaves with your kiddo!

The first thing we did was read the beautifully photographically illustrated book, Autumn Across America by Seymour Simon. It describes the signs of autumn that are seen in different parts of the United States, such as migration of birds and insects, harvesting of crops, changes in weather, and how leaves change color. We especially discussed this so when we did what came next, the kids had a better understanding of what we were seeing.

The next thing we did was take a walk to look for fall-colored leaves. Some still had some green and some were already turning brown. It didn't matter, as long as the kids thought they were beautiful, we put them in our basket to use in our crafts later. Ours were wet, so we laid them out to dry on a paper towel. If you prefer your leaves to be flat, you will want to press them between paper towels while wet, with a book on top of them, otherwise, they will be curly on the edges.

Autumn Scavenger Hunt from Twinkl

While we were on our walk, we also did a fun scavenger hunt from a Twinkl creator. I liked this one because it had words and pictures so all ages can participate! 
Twinkl provides high-quality and trusted teaching and learning resources and services, which are all teacher-created and checked. They offer hundreds of thousands of resources, with new content added daily. This ranges from schemes of work and assessments to augmented reality games and much more.

When we returned from our walk, we cut a file folder into the letter O with the center cut out. Then the kids put glue on it, picked out their leaves, and pressed them on. While the beautiful fall wreaths dried, we read another book.

The Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

We read The Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert. It is a cute story of a little man, made from leaves, that goes where the wind blows him. Throughout the book, there are many different animals and items made from leaves. It is such a beautiful, creative book. It really sparked curiosity in my kids.

The kids were given the opportunity to create their own leaf man or animal with the leftover leaves. Because one of my kids likes directions to follow I found the directions for a leaf man on Twinkl as well. If you'd like to print it out too, you can click here. One of my kids followed the directions to a T, while the other one just looked at the picture of the man and created whatever came to mind. Since she is really into princesses, hers was a princess - of course! Here is one of their finished products:

We had such a fun day together celebrating the beginning of fall! I hope these ideas will help you spend some quality time with your kiddos!

What are some activities you and your family enjoy doing in the fall?


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