Autumn brings many changes to our world, the days are shorter, the weather gets cooler. The best part for many people, me included, is when the leaves change color and fall. As a child I would play in the piles of leaves for hours.
With the change of seasons upon us I started thinking about all the ways kids can have fun with leaves in this short lived season.
1. Leaf Hunt – With a list of different leaves, children can have a sort of scavenger hunt. This can be done as a family, in teams, individuals, whatever way works. I had played this when I was younger and it is harder than sounds, but also a lot of fun.
2. Stuffing a Scarecrow – If you have any used clothes that are on their way into the trash they can be used as a Halloween or autumn scarecrow. We like to use one of my large set of pants and a shirt, tie the arms and leg ends closed and then stuff them with leaves. You can make a head out of a pumpkin or brown bag. The real fun part is to set the scarecrow up and see if it scares anyone.
3. Leaf Journal – Have the kids collect different leaves and they can tape it to a piece of paper and write where and when they found it. Your children can also place a piece of paper over the leaf and rub a pencil or crayon over it, leaving an imprint of the leaf.
4. Pressed Leaves – If your children have any leaves that they find interesting they can put them between layers of waxed paper and then place them in book. The book will flatten them as they dry, giving the kids a cool souvenir of the fall.
5. Leaf Prints – You will need a pillowcase or sheet of cloth, washable ink and some favorite leaves. Using fresh leaves that are not brittle, put some of the paint on them and press the leaves onto the case or cloth. After drying, the kids will have a great pillow case or you can frame the section of cloth and use it for fall artwork.
6. Leaf Piles – This is still my favorite way to enjoy leaves. You can make a pile anywhere, I usually like to pile them high, like a volcano and let the kids just jump in. I will also pile them at the end of our play set slide and let them slide right on into them.
We have a steep hill at the rear of our yard, so I will pile the leaves there and the kids will just jump or roll down the hill into the heap.
At the end of all the jumping they like to hide under the leaves and be covered. There is just something about being hidden in a bunch of leaves on a cool autumn day that makes me feel good.
The way I look at it there really isn’t a wrong way to enjoy fall’s leaves.