Fall is a great time of year to get out and enjoy the weather! With cooler temperatures, why not teach your little ones about autumn? Take a short walk and talk about different leaf shapes and colors. You could also talk about the trees and why they change during this time of year. Now, grab some leaves on that walk, because I will now share a few crafts ideas with you!
Arts & Crafts
An easy craft to make is a leaf-man with leaves, glue, construction paper, and googly eyes. Lay the paper down and distribute the leaves in the shape of a person. Next, glue them in place. If the leaf is large enough, draw a face and add the googly eyes. Another easy craft is a leaf-stamp. Take a dried leaf and have your child paint one side of it. Next, press the leaf down on paper and lift up. You have a stamp!
The library offers many books for children to read or to be read to them. Here are a few fiction and nonfiction books to help you get started.
Fall / by Cynthia Amoroso and Robert B. Noyed
Animals in fall / by Martha E. H. Rustad
The fall festival / by Mercer Mayer
Leaves in fall / by Martha E. H. Rustad
Mouse's first fall / Lauren Thompson ; illustrated by Buket Erdogan
Poetry and Songs
Perhaps your child prefers fun rhymes about leaves? Here are 3 that are easy to remember and that children will love.
Mother Nature, Did you Sneeze?
Red leaves, yellow leaves,
Orange leaves, brown
Big leaves, little leaves,
Crinkled on the ground.
Everywhere are falling leaves!
Mother Nature, did you sneeze?
Leaves are Drifting
Leaves are drifting slowly down (Flutter fingers downward)|
They make a carpet on the ground. (Make spreading movement with hands)
Then, swish! The wind comes whistling by, (Swing hands upward)
And sends them dancing in the sky! (Dance fingers in the air)
Brown leaves, brown leaves, all around
Twirling, swirling to the ground. (Twirl around)
See them dancing through the air,
See them falling everywhere. (Slowly sink to the floor)