Place 10 - 20 fall leaves around your room. (Try to find ones
that are not too brittle, so you don't end up with leaf crumbles
all over.) At circle time, tell your children to go on a leaf
hunt and collect as many leaves as they can, then bring them
back to the circle. Then have them lay their leaves out in front
of them and
ALTERNATIVE: Go for a leaf walk and let your children collect
leaves, then bring them back to your room for circle time.
count their leaves
sort their leaves
look for pairs of leaves (by color or type)
Collect 3-4 different types of leaves, lay them on a piece of
lightweight cardboard and trace around them. Then lay the cardboard
and a pile of mixed leaves on a table. Have your children take
turns finding leaves that match each leaf shape drawn.
CYCLE OF LIFE
The fall is usually a good time to introduce children to the
idea of the cycle or seasons of plant life. During the spring
and the summer, the leaves have been providing protection and
shade for the tree plus other animals and plants. During the
fall, the leaves fall down to let the tree close down and sleep.
The leaves fall on the ground where they nourish and protect
the tree during the winter. In the spring, the tree will wake
up and produce new leaves to start the cycle over again. You
might want to lead this discussion into the subject of seeds
and why flowers also dry up and fruit rots. It is all part of
the renewing cycle.
Down, down, red, yellow and brown.
Fall the leaves on the ground.
We'll rake them up, oh so high.
Look! They almost reach the sky.
|Have your children pretend
to rake up leaves and dump them into a pile in the middle of