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Mommy School Week 5 Leaves Theme
ACTIVITIES & GAMES
Leaf Hunt Use mini wheelbarrow to collect leaves. You could also rake up a pile of leaves… Don’t forget to jump in them! Welcome Autumn Gather silk leaves (or real ones), and give child plastic broom or rake. Sing this song: Autumn Leave s are Fallin g Down (Tune: London Brid ge) Autumn leaves are falling down, Falling down, falling down, Autumn leaves are falling down. Welcome, autumn. Sweep the leaves and put them here, Put them here, put them here. Sweep the leaves and put them here. Welcome, autumn. Jump right in and have some fun, Have some fun, have some fun. Jump right in and have some fun. Welcome, autumn.
Leaf Dance Pretend to be leaves and dance in the wind. Scavenger Hunt Using the attached clues, go on a scavenger hunt to enjoy the autumn weather. Catch the Leaves Game On a windy day, stand underneath a tree. The object of the game is to never let the leaves touch the ground by catching them. The person with the most leaves wins! Fall Sensory Bin Create a bin full of fall items for children to sift through and explore using shovels or other utensils. Here are a few ideas: • Black beans, red beans • Silk leaves from the dollar store • Leaf and pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters • Fall-colored scoops • Mini gourds from the dollar store
Leaf Hand Print Art Cover arm (up to elbow) in brown paint and stamp on paper to create tree trunk. (Arm is trunk and hand is the branches.) Cover hand in red paint, then yellow, then orange. Stamp hand on to create leaves on the tree. You could also trace the child’s arm and hand onto brown construction paper for the same effect. Wax Paper and Crayon Leaves Shave 2 colors of fall-colored crayons. Melt the crayons in a wax paper sandwich using an iron on a medium setting with a paper towel between the iron and wax paper. Cool. Use a leaf template to cut out a leaf shape out of the wax paper. Hang in a window.
Crushed leaf mosaic Collect leaves and dry them out completely. Crush them up. Sprinkle on paper covered in glue. Then, cut out your desired shape. Perhaps, you could cut out the shape of the letter “L”, a special numeral, shape, or simply a leaf shape! A little glitter would add a nice effect, too. Leaf Prints Collect large fall leaves. Lay the leaves on top of a piece of newspaper. Paint red, yellow, and orange paint across the leaves. Lay a piece of white paper on top of the leaves. Rub your hands across, transferring the paint to the white paper. Remove the leaves and hang up your leaf prints! Marbled Leaves Cut out a leaf shape out of white cardstock and place on newspaper. Spread corn syrup over the entire leaf. Using food coloring, squeeze 1-2 drops of red and yellow food coloring on the leaf. Have child spread food coloring all across the paper with their hands. (The leaves will have a marbled look if you do NOT mix the food coloring together completely.)
Play-dough Press leaves into play-dough to make leaf impressions. You could also use these autumn play-dough mats from Tired, Needs Sleep for a math lesson. Blowing Leaves Attach a paper leaf to a coffee stirrer. Then place the coffee stirrer inside a straw. Blow into the straw from the opposite end. Watch the leaf fly out of the straw. Children can guess how far their leaves might fly and measure the distance.
Leaf Color Sort Sort leaves into separate colors by placing yellow, green, brown, and red leaves in separate baskets. You can also sort by shape, size, or any other attributes. Leaf Graph Graph real or paper leaves by color, shape, size, or type. Leaf Matching Print out two copies of the leaf matching cards (visual aids attached), cut them out, and laminate. Match the leaves that are the same. Leaf Counting (Use attached trees with numerals.) Children count appropriate number of silk or paper leaves to match the tree’s numeral. Numeral Exploration Use the attached numeral and decorate it with TWO leaves (cut-outs or real.) M&M Tree Use attached M&M tree to practice one-to-one correspondence.
Leaf Creations After collecting a leaf, glue the leaf onto the paper. Add features, such as arms and legs, head, or tail. This is a great activity after reading Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Leaf Action Words Read “Fall Leaves” By Don Curry and act out the action words in the story using silk leaves. (Rake the leaves, jump in the leaves, dance with the leaves, etc.) Leaf Creatures Using leaves from your leaf hunt, glue leaves onto craft sticks with hot glue. Add google eyes. These leaf creatures can help with songs, finger plays, and other leaf activities! Flannel Board Songs Cut a tree trunk from brown felt and 2 leaves from each of the following colors: Red, yellow, green, orange, and brown. (Flannel board songs are attached.) Use this felt for “Ten Little Leaves” song and “Leaves Falling” song.
Fall Tree Snack Spread toast or graham cracker square with peanut butter. Stick a pretzel rod into the peanut butter. This is the tree trunk. You could also secure pretzel sticks with peanut butter to form the tree branches. Then take mini M&M’s and place over the top of the pretzels. These are the leaves. Leafy Snack Use leaf cookie cutters to create leaf shaped sandwiches, jell-o, pancakes, etc. Decorate as you wish… Be creative!
Leaf Cookies Cut out leaf-shaped cookies out of sugar cookie dough. Before baking, use food coloring to color milk in fall colors (red, yellow, orange, green, brown). “Paint” the cookies with brushes, and then bake according to directions.
Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert Leaves, Leaves, Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace It’s Fall! By Linda Glaser Why Do Leaves Change Color? By Betsy Maestro Leaves by David Ezra Stein Fall Leaves Fall! By Zoe Hall Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger The Big Leaf Pile by Josephine Page When Autumn Comes by Robert Maass The Autumn Leaf by Carl Emerson Clifford’s First Autumn by Norman Bridwell Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson In the Leaves by Huy Voun Lee Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger
Songs & Finger plays
Leaf Rhyme (Give children some paper or real leaves to drop as you say the rhyme.) One, two leaves fell down. Three, four they hit the ground. Five, six they fell so quick. Seven, eight they lay so straight. Nine, ten, let’s start again! The Leaves on the Trees (Tune: The Wheels on the Bus) The leaves on the trees turn orange and red, Orange and red, orange and read. The leaves on the trees turn orange and read. All through the fall. The leaves on the trees come tumbling down, Tumbling down, tumbling down. The leaves on the trees come tumbling down All through the fall. The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch Crunch, crunch, crunch; Crunch, crunch, crunch. The leaves on the ground go crunch, crunch, crunch All through the fall. Autumn Leave s (Tune: London Bridge) Arms up high like a tree. Lower arms as the song goes down. Squat down to the floor by the end of song. Autumn leaves are falling down, Falling down, falling down. Autumn leaves are falling down, Down to the ground.
Falling Lea ves (Tune: London Bridge is Falling Down) Pretty leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down. Pretty leaves are falling down, All over town. Some are orange and some are brown, some are brown, some are brown. Some are orange and some are brown, Watch the leaves fall down. Some are yellow and some are red, some are red, some are red. Some are yellow and some are red, Leaves fall on my head. Saw a Leaf (Tune: My Darl ing Clementine) Saw a leaf, Saw a leaf, Saw a leaf falling down. It was floating, It was twirling, As it spun and spun around. Tried to catch it, Tried to catch it When it landed on the ground. But it kept right on twirling As it danced across the town.
Leaves are Falling (Tune: Jingle Bells) Leaves are falling, leaves are falling One fell on my nose. Leaves are falling, leaves are falling One fell on my toes. Leaves are falling, leaves are falling One fell on my head. Leaves are falling, leaves are falling Yellow, orange, and red.
High Fives Trace your child’s hand and use it as a pattern to cut out hand prints in several different colors of felt. Now put the handprints all over the floor, couch, table, etc., and ask your toddler to give the “yellow” handprints a high five. Paint Chip Color Activity Collect paint samples in several different colors. Cut out circles in several colors and mount on one sheet of paper. Laminate. Ask child to draw faces on different colors. “Can you draw a face on the yellow circle?” See more about this activity here. Yellow Math Use yellow M&M’s or jelly beans as math counters when counting leaves on attached leaf grid game. Lemonade Play-dough 1 c. flour 2 T. cream of tartar ¼ c. salt 2 packages of sugar-free lemonade Kool-Aid. 1 c. water 1 T. oil Yellow food coloring 1. In a saucepan, combine everything but the oil. Stir well. 2. Stir in oil. Add drops of food coloring. Stir well. 3. Move saucepan to stovetop and cook for 3-5 minutes on medium heat. Stir well the entire time. 4. When a soft ball starts to form, turn off the heat and remove the pan. Playdough will be hot. 5. Remove the ball of dough from the pan and let cool for a second. 6. Knead well until soft. 7. Store in airtight container or a ziplock bag.
Yellow Collage Create a yellow collage with yellow fabric scraps, pompoms, buttons, yarn, pipe cleaner, tissue paper, paint chip samples, etc. Yellow Snack Ideas Bananas, lemons, pineapple juice, lemonade, deviled eggs, scrambled eggs, yellow jell-o, cornbread, yellow taffy, yellow lollipops, plain yellow cake. Yellow Interactive Online Game You can play this game here. Scratch ‘N Sniff Watercolor Mix 1 T. warm water with 1 T. lemonade powdered drink mix. Mix with yellow paint or yellow food coloring. Paint picture. Let dry over night before doing scratch ‘n sniff. Yellow Songs Yellow Rose of Texas Big Yellow Taxi Yellow Submarine “Yellow” from Color songs by Stephen Fite Color Shopping Go color shopping in each room for things that are yellow. Fashion Show Have a day where everyone in the family wears yellow! Color Flashcards You can download your own “yellow” flashcards at Homeschool Creations.
Shoe Mix-up Take off shoes and put them in the middle of the room. Mix up the shoes and have children take turns finding two shoes that match. Card Search Search for the two’s in a deck of cards. Songs A Bicycle Built For Two. (Observe that a real bicycle has 2 large wheels.) Two Snacks Demonstrate cutting foods in half. Cut sandwich in half. Eat two graham crackers, etc. Emphasize that there are TWO. Rhyme – Two Little Blackbirds Way up high in a big old tree, Two little black birds smiled at me. The first one said, “Let’s fly away.” The second one said, “I think I will stay” So the first flew off, way up high To look for rainbows in the sky. The second bird stayed and built a nest. She loved the tree. She thought it best. Each was happy in its own way. One chose to go, one chose to stay. Binocular craft Decorate toilet paper tube with markers. Use masking tape to tape the 2 tubes together like binoculars.
Two Color Paper Chains Make a paper chain by rotating two colors. For example, red, blue, red, blue. Partners In any partner activity, emphasize that there are TWO of you. Writing Rhyme While practicing writing the number two, say this rhyme to help form the numeral: Around and back on the railroad track Two! Two! Two! I like to practice writing numbers in fingerpaint, shaving cream, or using Crayola’s window crayons. Tactile Learning Cut the numeral 2 out of sand paper. Have child trace with his/her finger. You could also do a rubbing of the numeral by placing paper on the top and coloring over it. Noah’s ark This would be a great time to share the story of Noah’s Ark, emphasizing how the animals marched two by two.
L is for Ladybug Cut an “L” out of red foam or paper. Glue on black pompoms for the ladybug’s spots. Don’t forget googly eyes and some antennae using pipe cleaner! Flashcards Use attached flashcards to learn other “L” vocabulary. I usually laminate them, cut them apart, and bind them together using a book ring. The best time to go through these is while your child is eating! L lacing Use the attached lacing card to practice the L’s shape. “L” Art Dip a Lego in paint and allow child to stamp Lego impressions on a paper shaped like an “L.” Letter L formation Practice making L’s out of playdough, cookie dough, leaves, your body, etc. L on the floor Using masking tape, tape a large L on the floor. Give child a variety of tasks to do on the letter: LAY on the letter, LICK the letter (be sure floor is clean!), do the LONGJUMP over the letter, put your LEGS or LIPS on the letter, etc. “L” Box Give child a variety of items to play with that start with the letter L. You could also go “L shopping” and collect other items that start with L. Food ideas Licorice, lollipops, lemonade, lettuce, limeade, lemon poppy seed muffins, loaf of bread, lasagna, linguine, laffy taffy, lobster.
Ten Little Leaves
(Tune: Ten Little Indians) One little, two little, Three little leaves Four little, five little, Six little leaves Seven little, eight little, Nine little leaves, Ten little leaves on the tree. WHOOSH! (Move the leaves as you sing.) Now there’s ten little, Nine little, eight little leaves Seven little, six little, Five little leaves Four little, three little, Two little leaves One yellow leaf on the tree.
(Tune: Are You Sleeping)
Children can choose to take a specific color of leaves down off of the tree.
(Orange) leaves falling, (Orange) leaves falling, On the ground, on the ground, Autumn time is coming, Autumn time is coming, All around, all around.
Five Little Leaves
Five little leaves in the autumn breeze, Tumbled and fluttered Down from the trees. The first leaf said, “I am red. I shall rest in a flower bed.” The second leaf said, “I am yellow. I'm a happy-go-lucky fellow. “ The third leaf said, “I'm violet. Pick me up, I'm cold and wet. “ The fourth leaf said, “I am green. When it rains I'm washed all clean.” The fifth leaf said, “I am brown. I shall blow all over town.”
Instructions: Print on cardstock. Laminate for durability. Cut around leaves and glue flannel scraps to the back of each leaf. Use with “Five Little Leaves” flannel board story.
Autumn Scavenger Hunt
Enjoy the autumn colors by going on a scavenger hunt! You could even go on a picnic! Here are some of the things you can search for… • Find a large red leaf. • Find the smallest leaf that you can find. • Find an animal sign… a track, a feather, bone, etc. What animal was here? • Look for some rough bark. • Look for some smooth bark. • Listen for the sound of birds. How many different birds can you hear? • Find 2 different grasses. How are they different? • Can you find a flower? What color is it? • What is the most beautiful thing you can find? • Is it windy? Close your eyes and feel the wind on your face. • Find a smooth rock that fits in the palm of your hand. Go home and paint it fall colors. When you are all done with your scavenger hunt, take a walk through the park and have them point out signs of fall. Wrap a piece of masking tape (sticky side out) around their wrist and help them make a fall nature bracelet. Stick leaves and other bits of nature right on the tape!
Instructions Use this leaf template for any art activity where template is needed!
Instructions Print and laminate the M&M tree. Have children place M&M’s in each dotted circle. Use brown, red, green, yellow, and orange M&M’s from a regular package. This helps with one-to-one correspondence.
Instructions Cut out 5 trees and mount on cardstock. Laminate each tree for durability. Children recognize numerals 1-5 and practice counting leaves. Count out one leaf for the “1” tree, two leaves for the “2” tree, etc.
Instructions: Count out the correct number of leaf cut-outs (or real leaves) to glue onto the numeral sheet.
Instructions: Print on cardstock. Cut out and laminate for durability. After introducing the letter, place somewhere that the child will see all week. Refer back to the letter throughout the week. Have child practice tracing the shape with his finger.
In the Leafy Treetops In the leafy treetops, The birds sing “Good morning.” They’re first to see the sun. They must tell everyone. In the leafy treetops, The birds sing “Good morning.”
In my pretty garden, The flowers are nodding. “How do you do?” they say. “How do you do today?” In my pretty garden, The flowers are nodding.
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