Teaching children about fall when living in an area full of palm trees and tropical plants can be tough. I live in Florida. Autumn can be hard to understand when there are no changes to see, however, even though the outdoors still remains warm and green, the inside of the home or classroom can be transformed into a colorful fall forest with these fun leaf activities.
Sticky Leaf Collage
Take the children on a walk to collect leaves, whether fall colored or green. After returning, make a collage of fall findings that will sure to please a little artist. Cut a large square of contact paper and tape it low on the wall or onto a table top (sticky side out). Put the collection of leaves in front of the child, along with some squares of red, yellow, orange and brown construction paper. Invite the child to stick the items on the paper. Feeling the sticky surface as he presses things onto it will fascinate a young child. When finished, cover the surface with another sheet of contact paper. Punch two holes at the top of the paper and thread with a length of yarn to be used as a hanger. Display this collage as a decoration in the kitchen or anywhere in the room.
Collect a variety of leaves outdoors. Invite the kids to glue their leaves on a sheet of plain paper. Make them fall leaves by coloring or painting autumn colors on the leaf. After the glue has dried, encourage the children to turn the leaf into a character by using a crayon or marker. Draw arms, legs, facial features, and a head. Ask the children to name their leaf creation and make up a story about it.
Depending on what part of the country you live in will be the factor whether the children will experience a colorful fall. By using these fun and educational activities, children will learn about the changing seasons.
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