Confession... I adore Autumn!
For years and years, I've had my Mom send me the Fall Leaves from Virginia when they start to change so that my children and students could experience it. She was so sweet to even include Acorn, Walnuts, Pecans and Dried Corn into the package too. We create sensory trays with the things that we receive from up North and compare it to the things we discover in the South. Even though we live in the south I really want my children to know that there are seasons of change all over the world. Plus as you saw last week we do have changes in the south, you just have to look for them and print out your Fall Journal & Observation Sheet to keep track.
This week after school we had lots of fun with Leaves indoors and exploring outdoors. I found a few packets of pretend leaves at the Dollar Tree and we discovered many activities to do with them. Yes I know it would be much better to be able to play outdoors with the real ones, I'm totally jealous if that's your house like on Mamasmiles but with weather close to 90 degrees you don't find too many trees changing. So we came up with few fun things on our own to explore at home after school.
Leaf Activities for After School Fun
- Create Fall Trays for Fall Sensory Exploration
- Leaf Wind Exploration
It was great to see how she also figured out that if she used the try for wind the leaves would stay up longer but the ceiling fan ended the game much quicker. Wind and Motion were the lessons of the afternoons with leaves. What I loved the most was watching them work together and pick the leaves up again and again and again without one single complaint! .
- Leaf Stringing and Patterning
- Math Fact Family Trees
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- Leaf Prints
Favorite from Last Week's After School Link Up!
I can imagine having tons of fun creating these Halloween stones at home with my daughter. Plus you could have your own puppetr show with them or have them use them as story prompts for Halloween Stories. Or if you're doing a non candy Halloween these are a great alternative and fun to make! Thanks Kara for sharing.
Just Playing Around
Little Wonders' Days
Mouse Grow, Mouse Learns
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