Educational Leaf Activities for Children
It’s fall! And in most of the country the trees are boasting shades of red, orange, yellow, purple, brown, and green. There are so many fun ways you can use the falling leaves to teach your child about the different seasons and the science behind leaves changing colors, as well as math, science, writing, and listening skills.
Before it gets too cold, head out on a nature walk and collect some leaf treasures of every shape, size, and color you can find. Our list of engaging activities will ensure that your collection of beautiful leaves does not go to waste.
Children are sure to fall for these educational leaf themed activities.
Create Leaf Rubbings
All you need for this activity is crayons and paper. Put the leaves under the piece of paper and gently rub on top with a crayon. Use multiple colors and types of leafs to create a beautiful fall collage. Use this simple project as an opportunity to talk about the different parts of a leaf, why leaves change color, and about the changing of the seasons.
Enjoy the colors of the season with this math activity. Head outside and collect a small pile of leaves. Come inside and have your child sort the leaves by color on a graph. After graphing all your leaves make sure you child counts up the totals for each color and writes it down. Ask questions about which color has the most, the fewest, or if any were equal.
Grab a ruler and measure different types of leaves. Don’t have a ruler at home? No problem! Measuring with non-standard objects is a great skill to have and also a lot of fun. Instead of measuring in inches, ask your child to figure out how many paperclips or Barbie shoes long each of their leaves are.
Write a Leaf Description, Then Play a Guessing Game
Choose up to 10 leaves for this activity. For each leaf, write down descriptions about their shape, size, and color. After all of the descriptions have been written, put the leaves on a table and mix up the descriptions. Read the descriptions one at a time (i.e.: “this leaf is small, red, and has lots of points”) and see if your child can find the leaf you are describing.
Go on a Leaf Scavenger Hunt
Research the types of leaves specific to your local area. Print out a list and take a walk through your neighborhood to see how many you can find. You can also include items such as pinecones, acorns, or helicopter seeds to your scavenger hunt lists for added fun.
Draw tree trunks on a piece of paper, and write a different number on each one. Have your child glue the same amount of leaves to each of the trees.
Make Leaf Animals
Gather leaves, and see how many different leaf animals you can create. Use this as an opportunity to look up facts about the animals your child decided to make.
Place leaves on a piece of paper, and paint around the edges. Remove the leaves to reveal an awesome stenciled outline of each leaf.
Make a Leaf Family Tree
Draw or cut out a trunk shape on a piece of construction paper. Use a permanent marker to write the names of each of your family members on the leaves before attaching them to the trunk.
Leaf ABC Matching
Use a permeant marker to write each of the alphabet letters on the leaves. You will need 52 leaves for this activity so each letter of the alphabet gets 2 (1 for the capital and 1 for the lowercase). Mix the leaves in a pile, and have your child match the capital and lowercase letters.
Read Fall Stories
There’s nothing cozier than curling up under a blanket and reading a good book. Check out some of these fall titles to read together.
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! By Lucille Colandro
Beautiful fall leaves can be re-purposed and given new life teaching math, science, and listening concepts. With a little creativity, the fun you can have with leaves really is endless.