Download the leaf week planning guide for easy to prep and play learning ideas to use at home or in your preschool classroom!
Leaf Pile: Scatter pretend or paper leaves around the room. Use a pretend rake or small broom to collect the leaves and push them into a pile. Add a timer to see how many leaves you can get into your pile before time runs out!
Leaf Letters: Print the leaf page or create your own. Write a letter of the alphabet on each leaf. Hang the leaves around the room with tape. Say a letter to look for. Have your preschooler search the leaves for the letter. When the letter is found, your preschooler can make the leaf fall to the ground by pulling it off the wall! Keep playing until all of the leaves have fallen.
Roll & Paint: Cut out a large leaf shape from white cardstock or construction paper. Lay it flat in the bottom of a shallow box or plastic bin. Drop paint covered acorns or marbles on to the leaf. Roll the acorns or marbles back and forth across the leaf to paint the leaf! Use fall colored paints and consider using only one color for each leaf. Hang the leaf to display it!
Play Dough Leaves: Use popsicle sticks or wooden blocks to build a fall tree on the table. Roll out yellow, orange, red, or brown colored play dough with a rolling pin. Cut out leaf shapes with a plastic knife or play dough scissors. You can also use leaf shaped cookie cutters. Add the play dough leaves to the tree. Count the leaves on the tree!
Thankful Tree: Find a spot on a door, wall, or large window to build a paper tree on. Make it simple and use pieces of brown construction paper or paper grocery bags. Print the thankful leaves on colored paper or cut out leaf shapes. Write one thing that you are thankful for on each leaf and hang it on the fall tree to display for the fall season!
Leaf Trace: Use painter’s tape to create a giant leaf shape on the floor or use chalk to draw outside. Place building blocks, small toys, or something similar on the tape lines. You can also practice walking on the tape lines in different ways including tip-toeing, leaping, marching, and more!
Fingerprint Leaves: Draw a bare tree with branches on a paper. Fill a large portion of the paper with the tree. Squirt yellow, red, orange, and brown paint on to a paper plate. Dip your finger into one color of paint. Add fingerprint fall leaves on to the tree!
Leaf Balance: Using a bean bag as a pretend leaf, balance it on different parts of your body. Begin with your head, then shoulder, elbow, back, etc. as you move across the room. Hand off the bean bag to the next person in a relay type game!
Leaf Names: Using small plastic leaves or even real leaves, work on forming the letters in your name out of leaves. The small leaves can be used on a table, but the real leaves may need to be moved to the floor to have enough room! Consider writing each letter on a piece of paper to make it easier to refer to when building the letters.
Leafy Draw & Tell: Draw a picture that incorporates leaves in some way! Use leaf stickers if available to make it easier to add details around the leaves. Be creative with what role the leaves play in the picture. Share your picture and the story that you have drawn.
Leaf Colors: Draw different leaves on a paper making each one a different color. Using markers or crayons, color in each leaf the matching color!
Build a Leaf: Gather different sized popsicle sticks. On the table place the popsicles to create a leaf. Consider printing different fall leaves to have on the table to look at while building your own leaves.
Download the leaf theme editable planning sheet. Add learning ideas from the list below in this column or from the leaf week activities!
LITERACY & MATH
Set up a pretend leaf & tree area to play in!