Well, fall has officially arrived and that means it’s time to talk about leaves and season changes in Kindergarten. We kicked off our fall talk with reading some great fall books. Some of my favourites are Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf and Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert, When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger, and Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall. There are a bunch more that I read, but these are the ones that are my tried and tested favourites.
The first activity we did in our leaf study was to go out and collect leaves! After reading the book Fall Leaves Fall, we went outside to collect leaves. I gave each student a Ziploc bag and asked them to collect 5 or more leaves.
I will admit we did pluck some leaves from branches (but only because the ones on the ground were all brown and crumbly)
The next morning for our kindergarten work we busted out the colour diffusing leaves and markers. The kids coloured their hearts out, we sprayed the leaves with water, and when they were dry the leaves looked awesome!
Our next activity was colour sorting our leaves. I laid out coloured paper on the carpet and asked the kids to each pick one leaf and sort it by colour. It was a bit of a gong show, trying to keep everyone focused (and from touching all the other leaves). But we made it through and when the glue dried I posted the leaves on the wall. I did the same last year, and had on only leaving them up for a couple of weeks but they ended up staying up all year!
Next (wow – so didn’t seem like we did this much when were in the thick of things!) we did our leaf hunt! Last year on a whim I made a little scavenger hunt for my kindersmartens and they absolutely LOVED it! So, after we hunted for real leaves, we hunted for number leaves. I got out the clip boards and colour sorted crayons. I made the leaves using my Cricut machine (I love that thing) and posted them around the room using Fun Tak (another thing I love).
And the ones that finished early helped out their friends that weren’t done yet. If you want to try it out here is the recording sheet I made to go with the activity. number-leaf-hunt
I put out my leaf exploration station (exploring spot? Provocation? Haven’t decided what I’m going to call this centre).
And that has been our week so far!! (And I wonder why I’m so tired-ha!).
Tomorrow we make leaf people (based on Lois Ehlert’s Leaf Man). Wish me luck!