Autumn is here and leaves are asking to be played with. Hours of fun can be had simply kicking leaves about and watching them float to the ground. Here’s some other ideas…
1. Creep and Crunch
Have someone sit on a big bed of leaves with their eyes closed. Try and creep up on the person as quietly as possible without being heard. If you reach the person and touch him, then change places.
2. Guess the Leaf
Find a selection of leaves. Get a friend to close her eyes and feel one of the leaves. Then she can open her eyes and work out which leaf she felt.
3. Treasure Hunt
Make a pile of fallen leaves. Find some treasure to hide in it. This could be a conker, stick or even something man-made like a football. Then have fun burrowing into the leaf pile to find the treasure.
4. Sticky Leaves
Dampen a leaf and stick it on the bridge of your nose. See how long it can stay there without falling off. Experiment with different leaves to find out which works best.
5. Save a Leaf
Catch a leaf before it falls to the ground. It’s a special job – only nature superheroes need try this. This is extra tough if villains chuck lots of leaves into the air. How will you catch them all?
6. The World’s Strongest Leaf
Float a big leaf on a puddle and see how many stones it can hold before it sinks or the stones slide off. Does the size of a leaf affect its strength?
7. Leafy Wellies
On a wet day stick lots of leaves on your wellies. Which shape or leaf species works best?
8. Sew a Leaf
Use conifer needles such as pine or spruce. Try sewing two leaves together. If it works, create a chain!
Pick a leaf with a sturdy stem. Hold it between your thumb and index finger and rub them together to make the leaf twirl back and forth. This can be quite tricky to do with some leaves. Expert leaf twirlers can twirl two leaves in one hand at the same time!
How many different animals can you mimic using only leaves as props?