Autumn leaves – try these five creative activities!

Written by: Karen Faux
5 October 2018

Autumn leaves are a key sign of the changing seasons and make a colourful, accessible and versatile resource for play and exploration. The beauty of them is that at this time of the year they are available in abundance – and completely free.

Autumn leaves – free and versatile!
Autumn leaves – free and versatile!

Although leaves are typically associated with Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design, activities can also offer lots of opportunities for developing both gross and fine motor skills. Children will enjoy using their hands and bodies in many different ways as they explore, interact and create art with the leaves. Here are some ideas for using them creatively:

1. Twist and twirl

In this activity, your group will encounter autumn leaves and explore their wonders before expressing their responses through crayoning and texture-rubbings. Read more   

2. Autumn treasures
Natural materials provide children with a richer sensory experience than commercial toys according to Elinor Goldschmied, pioneer of early childhood education. Such materials spark curiosity enhancing children's cognitive development. Some of the following activities are adult-led, while others are child-initiated. Read more

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