We had a great morning “hunting” for leaves around Crozet PlaySchool. We went for a long walk, and along the way collected leaves from all around the neighborhood!
Once we got back to the classroom we sorted our leaves by color and made a large graph by gluing down our leaves into color categories. This simple graphing activity includes color recognition, math, and preschool science skills all at once.
Of course we had to stop and enjoy the view while we were searching for our leaves!
We have also been able to enjoy our outdoor space so much in the past few weeks. Some mornings have been a bit chilly, but once the sun warms up we have played outside for a long time each day. I took some time to set up different activities outdoors for the children to enjoy.
We spent a long time picking all of the dried corn off the cobs in our large sensory tub outdoors. I think they have almost all of the corn cleaned off! Now we have been pouring, scooping, and piling up the corn in different containers in the sensory tub!
The children have also enjoyed washing the mini pumpkins and gourds outdoors in a large basin. Children love to do “chores” or activities that they see their parents do each day. Often times we are busy cleaning the dishes and don’t have time to let our children participate. Setting up little wash tubs like this with cars, plastic people, rocks, etc. will give children the chance to practice life skills in an open setting. They also enjoy the bubbles, water, and the sensory feel of washing.
I think they might be the cleanest pumpkins around!
Fine Motor Skills & Provocation:
I printed out some Fall Foliage pictures for the children, and set up this simple provocation on our tables. They had access to the photos, paper, glue sticks, small squares, and fall colored markers. I didn’t give them any direction, but they knew just what to do!
Everyone took some time to visit the table and create with the paper and markers. Some children chose to glue a lot of paper down, while others drew detailed pictures of leaves and trees. They would study the pictures, and then transfer that knowledge to their own work.
Our Fall Tree:
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to take a great deal of photos of our fall tree coming together! I did manage to capture M and M as they were painting the acorns with glitter glue. The acorns tops and nuts were painted, dried, and then we attached a ribbon to each of them. While some children were painting acorns, other children were painting large pictures on our easels with a metallic paint set. These large paintings were cut into leaves to create our fall classroom tree.
The pictures don’t really do the tree justice! Each of the leaves is so pretty and unique, and the added element of the hanging acorns is so special. I hope the children will treasure looking at it all winter when we are cold and stuck inside! We can remember our fall days, long walks, and look forward to spring!
I ended up taking a video of our tree to give you the full effect of its beauty!