The leaves are changing and falling all around us. Time to celebrate Fall with this fun activity which incorporates movement with letter recognition!
Here is how I did it:
I took pieces of yellow and orange foam, then drew a maple leaf on them and cut them out. **The kids helped out with the cutting as both could use a little practice!**
Then, we wrote a letter on each leaf cutout.
Finally, armed with a basket, we took the leaves outside to play the game.
I dumped the basket of leaves on the grass in a pile and had the kids line up a short distance away.
Next, the kids lined up and one at a time, I called out a letter for each of them to run up and go find in the pile. Once the child found the leaf with the correct letter, they had to run back to the start line and place in the basket.
To make it a little more challenging for my eldest, I would ask him to run up to the pile, spell out a specific 2 or 3 letter word, then return to the basket with the leaves he used.
Part of the fun is running back to the leaf collection basket!
The leaves are fun to make and serve a dual-purpose. We not only use them for the game described above, but my kindergartner also likes to sit down next to a pile of them and name each leaf, along with the sound each letter makes.
Remember to enjoy the beautiful colours out there this fall!
Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!