25 Days of Thanksgiving, Day #2: Fun with Fall Leaves

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Day #2 of 25 Days of Thanksgiving is Fun With Fall Leaves. What is more fun in the fall than playing with leaves? There is so much for kids to learn using these simple things that are most of the time just laying around the yard outside. I’m going to share with you some of my favorite things to do with fall leaves.

The first and easiest thing is to just go for a fall nature walk. Take a bucket and gather up as many leaves as you and your kids want to. You can sort them out and try to figure out what kind of tree they came from. Here is a book that we love to use: 



Trees, Leaves & Bark (Take Along Guides) by Diane Burns. This book has a lot of information about the most common trees and also has nature project ideas.




Other things you can do with your collected leaves are:

  1. Use a magnifying glass to inspect them
  2. Do leaf rubbings (place thin paper over the leaf and rub a crayon over it)
  3. Kids can trace the outline of the leaf onto paper
  4. Sort them by color and shape
  5. Science experiment…Why leaves change colors at How Wee Learn Blog
  6. Practice counting how many leaves you collected
  7. Just for fun, younger ones may enjoy making “Leaf Soup” or painting some leaves


Some fun leaf arts & crafts:

  1. Fingerprint Leaves at Wesens-Art
  2. Q-tip leaf art at La classe della maestra Valentina
  3. Fall Tree Craft at 1+1+1=1
  4. Fall Leaf Painting at Minne-Mama blog
  5. Fall Leaf Homemade Coasters at Confessions of a Homeschooler
  6. Leaf People Puppets at Happy Home Fairy Blog
  7. Autumn Leaf Suncatchers at The Artful Parent Blog
  8. Leaf Wreath at Crafts for all Seasons Blog



Here are some of my favorite children’s books about leaves:




Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson






We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger







The Leaves Fall All Around by Steve Mack






Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert






Leaf Man  by Lois Ehlert






Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro






Fall Leaves, Colorful and Crunchy by Martha E H Rustad




Here are a few printables you may be able to use with your leaf studies:

Leaf Identification Game at iMom (You could also just print out the page & use it to identify leaves

Leaf Templates at Live Craft Eat Blog

Trees & Leaves Coloring Pages at Super Coloring

Autumn Leaves Coloring Page at education.com


That’s about all I have to share about Leaves right now. I hope that you are enjoying my new series on Thanksgiving! If you don’t want to miss any of this new series, please sign up for my email newsletter! Also, please feel free to pass it along to anyone you think would be interested. 





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