Wednesday, October 27, 2010

October 31-November 6: Leaves

”There once was a tree…and she loved a boy. And everyday the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest.”
Excerpt from The Giving Tree By Shel Silverstein

Book Suggestions:
Oliver Finds His Way by Phyllis Root
Fall by Nuria Roca
Leaves, Leaves by Salina Yoon
Why Do Leaves Change Color? By Betsy Maestro
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke
Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Nature Walk
Materials: Basket, magnifying glass
Description: Take your child on a nature walk in your own back yard. Bring along a basket to collect leaves along the way. Talk about the colors of the leaves as you put them in your basket. Count the leaves that you find. Use the magnifying glass to look at the leaves.

Leaf Collage
Materials: Construction paper, glue, markers, leaves
Description: Have your child pick out some of their favorite leaves from your nature walk. Glue them to a piece of construction paper. Talk about the color of the leaves again (repetition is great for toddlers!). You can write the colors of each leaf on the paper. Count the leaves.

Leaf Movement
Description: Explain to your toddler that you are going to pretend like you are a leaf falling off of a tree. Sway back and forth, swing your arms in the air, fall to ground (gently!). Great for gross motor development.

Finger Painting leaves
Materials: paper, finger paints (orange, yellow, brown, red, green)
Description: Draw a bare tree on a blank piece of paper. Dip the tip of you child’s finger into the paint and stamp it on the tree. Their fingerprints will look like leaves.

Paper leaf fun
Materials: construction paper (red, brown, green, orange, yellow)
Description: Cut out leaf shapes from the construction paper. Hide the leaves and have your child find them. Go on a nature walk inside your house by spreading the leaves around the floor and have your child gather them. Talk about the colors of the leaves and count the leaves.

What does a leaf sound like?
Materials: fallen dried leaves
Description: Let your child hold a leaf in their hand. Tell them to squeeze it and listen to how it sounds. Discuss with your child that we use our ears to hear the crunching sound. Let them stomp on a pile of leaves and listen to them crunch.

Leaf Wreath
Materials: paper plate, scissors, leaves (real or paper)
Description: Collect leaves with your child or cut leaves from construction paper. Cut out the inside of a paper plate. Glue the leaves around the ring of the paper plate. Hang the wreath on your child’s bedroom door and talk about leaves when you pass the wreath throughout the day.

Count Leaves:
Materials: leaves, sidewalk chalk
Description: Gather at least 10 leaves with your toddler. Let your toddler look at and touch the leaves. Talk about their colors and how they feel. Count the leaves with your little one. Lay the leaves in a row on the sidewalk. Using sidewalk chalk, write the numbers 1-10 under each leaf. Count the leaves again pointing to each number as you count. You could extend this activity by randomly pointing to a number and see if your toddler can name that number.
Skills Targeted: counting, number recognition, math skill development, language development, color recognition, sensory development

Different Size Leaves:
Materials: leaves
Description: Collect leaves of different sizes with your toddler. Touch and look at the leaves. Talk about their color and how they feel. Have your toddler find the biggest leaf, then the smallest. Using three leaves, help your toddler put them in order from biggest to smallest, then smallest to biggest.
Skills Targeted: compare and contrast objects, understand the opposites big and small, language development, sensory development, color recognition
Songs and Finger plays

Leaves are Falling:
(sung to the tune of Are You Sleeping, Brother John)
Leaves are falling, Leaves are falling
To the ground, To the ground,
Cooler days are coming, Cooler days are coming
All around, All around.
Red leaves falling, Red leaves falling
To the ground, To the ground,
Cooler days are coming, Cooler days are coming
All around, All around
Yellow leaves falling, Yellow leaves falling
To the ground, To the ground
Cooler days are coming, Cooler days are coming
All around, All around
Orange leaves falling, Orange leaves falling
To the ground, To the ground,
Cooler days are coming, Cooler days are coming
All around, All around.
Brown leaves falling, Brown leaves falling
To the ground, To the ground,
Cooler days are coming, Cooler days are coming,
All around, All around.

10 Little Leaves
(sung to the tune of 10 little Indians)
1 little, 2 little, 3 little leaves,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little leaves,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little leaves,
10 leaves falling to the ground.

Leaves, Leaves
(sung to the tune of Row Row Row your boat)
Leaves, Leaves falling down,
Falling to the ground
Red and yellow, orange and brown,
Leaves are falling down

Remember you know your child best. Use the suggested activities according to your child’s ability and interest level. If you need to change something, do it. If you find something that words really well for you and your child, head over to our message board and share it with the Teach Your Tot community. Have fun!!!

Repetition is great for toddlers. Try to do the activities, sing the songs, read the books, and view the videos more than once!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and I appreciate you taking the time to post these wonderful activities.

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