What better way to jump into the glory of autumn than to jump into… a pile of leaves! This is the perfect season to learn all about leaves so check out the activities below and create a fun, hands-on leaves unit for your preschoolers.

Fall Leaf Preschool Lesson Plans | Preschool Teacher 101
This printable pack will help you plan out and execute your leaves unit. It includes daily lesson plans, a recommended book list, center descriptions, and related printable activities! Lots of leaf themed early math and literacy activities are included.

Learning about Leaves | Trillium Montessori
Head out on a nature walk and collect leaves, seedpods, pine cones, etc.  Laminate the leaves and make a tree identification activity like this one from Trillium Montessori.

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Tree identification with pressed leaves #autumn #botany

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Or just collect leaves and sort them by color!


Add some leaves to your dramatic play area for raking leaves… or better yet, go outside and clean up the real leaves with a real rake!

Leaf Maze | Happy Hooligans
If you have a yard full of leaves, use those rakes (and hands) to create a maze for an a-maze-ing afternoon of gross motor fun!

Leaf Scramble | The Inspired Tree House
Looking for an exciting outdoor activity for your little ones? How about the leaf scramble game! A basket, leaves and timer, and you are good to go!

We love this fine motor activity: string silk leaves in alphabetical order!

Learn About Letters with Leaves | Kori at Home
Kori has a super easy-to-make leaf letters activity to go with the book, Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert.

This awesome leaf letters printable in included in the Hands-On Kids Activities Club so if you’re a member, be sure to grab it from your November resources!

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Sand trays are a fantastic way for children to practice writing before they are ready to actually use a pen and paper. Forming the letters in the sand will give children a chance to build confidence in their writing. They can practice forming letters in a way that stimulates the senses. You can also use various substances instead of sand, such as for example rice, semolina, salt. You can add some color to them to make the work even more inviting.⁠ ⁠ Our leaves cards are a perfect match for the fall sand trays. ⁠ ⁠ You can use these cards to help children practice several different skills – upper and lowercase matching, spelling words, and of course writing.⁠ ⁠ This printable is available for you if you're a member of the HOKA club.⁠ ⁠ ☝️Are you interested in joining our club too? We will reopen in February 2020. Join our waiting list to be the first to know about it. Link in bio ? @handsonkidsactivities⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #handsonkidsactivitiesclub #hokacluboctober #earlyyearslearning #earlyyearseducation #eyfsideas⠀⁠ #handsonlearning #childledlearning⠀⁠ #totschool #learningresources⠀⁠ #mindfulparenting #livingeducation⠀⁠ #enchantedchildhood #childledlearning #kidsactivities #earlyyears #earlychildhoodeducation⠀⁠ #earlychildhood #preschoolactivities #thepeacefulpreschool #iteachprek #iteachk⠀⁠ #preschoolactivities #montessoriinspired #montessoriactivities #montessorichild⠀⁠

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Parts of a Leaf | Trillium Montessori
Learn about the external parts of a leaf with this puzzle and these vocabulary cards.  The cards are a free download from Trillium.

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Learn about different types of leaves with this gorgeous wooden puzzle from Mirus Toys!  Available on Etsy (Affiliate Link)


Count and graph leaves you’ve collected during a nature walk.


Make little leaf critters!  You can use paint and glue and googly eyes and have loads of fun!

Leaf Themed Tracing and Cutting Strips | Welcome to Mommyhood
Download this free printable to practice to some fine motor skills!

Add some hole punched leaves to your necklace making basket!

If you live in a temperate climate, this fun gluing activity as a fantastic way to talk about how trees change with the seasons!



Here are some simple and fun songs about leaves from Shelley at Childcareland.com to enjoy together!

Children of all ages will really enjoy making leaf prints!

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