Fall is my favorite season. It comes early in northern Alberta and we are already enjoying the warm sunny days and cool nights that accompany the season. The leaves are starting to change colour and soon we will have that one perfect weekend when the hills are ablaze with yellow. It is breathtaking.
My boys always enjoyed the fall. We would rake the leaves into huge piles and jump in them- then promptly undo all our hard work with a leaf fight! We tried all kinds of fall crafts and pressed leaves between the pages of old books. Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature before it gets too cold. While you are outside, encourage your children to pick up some beautiful leaves and bring them home. Then see what you can create with this free and plentiful craft supply. I have found 9 fun projects, but before you dive in why not see what your children can come up with on their own.
Kate describes how to make fabulous leaf crowns. Make one for every member of the family and have a royal procession.
The folks at 5 Orange potatoes used leaves to make a colourful leaf mask. This is wonderfully creative and I would love to see what your children might make.
The Artful Parent describes how to make leaf doodles. These are really beautiful and could make lovely Christmas gifts.
If you have a preschooler head over to No Time for Flashcards to find out how to make a simple leaf butterfly.
Amanda has posted directions for making leaf finger puppets. These are so cute! Make a bunch and then create a puppet show with your children.
Older kids might enjoy making luminous leaf lanterns. This would make a wonderful centerpiece for your table.
And of course the science teacher in me really liked this simple experiment to help children understand why the leaves change color
A great book to enjoy at this time of year is Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Fall has come, the wind is blowing, and Leaf Man is on the move. Wherever the wind blows leaf man goes. From ducks to pumpkins to fish, all of the objects described in the book are created out of actual leaves and set against backgrounds of textured paper. This playful book celebrates the natural world and the imaginations of children. At the end of the book the readers are encouraged to listen for “a rustle in the leaves” and find a Leaf Man of their own to take home. I also like the fact that the various leaves and seeds are identified on the endpapers. The story is very simple, but it will inspire nature walks, art projects, and provide the opportunity for you to talk about the changing seasons. I would recommend checking Leaf Man It out of your local library, however if you wish to purchase it you can find a link below.
After you have read the book you could make your own leaf man, so head over to 2 Big, 2 Little for some simple instructions.
What is your favorite fall activity? What kinds of things do you like to do with your family at this time of year? Do you have any leaf crafts to share?
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