Using Leaves for Learning – 10 Ideas

20 September 2013 · 2 comments

in 10 Outdoor Ideas Series, Maths Outdoors, Nature Play & Learning

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere you may have noticed that the leaves are beginning to fall. Autumn is almost here. Below is a list of blog posts which celebrate the loveliness of leaves in so many curriculum areas. Read on and enjoy.

Leaf letter

1) Black Spot Pirate Maths is all about number bonds. Ideal for children learning about addition.

2) Exploding Leaves – a natural alternative to firework pictures. Explode leaves instead. Artwork that focuses on pattern and shape.

3) 20 Something Maths Pictures – With a little tweaking, this post can be easily adapted for use with leaves. Good for children learning to count items up to 20 and work as a group.

4) Algebraic Equations – Can a leaf be substituted for a number?

5) Developing Thinking Skills with Leaves – Some provocations to encourage discussions with your children

6) A Leafy Tower of Hanoi – A classic challenge, but using leaves rather than blocks

7) Leaf Loving Literacy Activities – A series of literacy activities using leaves. A good example of one of my workshops

8) Leaf Logic – A lovely little shape problem solver for all ages

9) Death, Decay and New Life – Looking at the life cycle of a plant through leaves

10) Nature Detectives – How to write secret messages on leaves.

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Anna Lena Albertsen October 8, 2015 at 12:52

Thank you for sharing good ideas. I especially liked the Leaf Logic activity!
In one of the pictures, you ask for a suggestion to what species the leaf is. The quality of the picture is not really good enough to get a good look at it. But my first thought was Sorbus intermedia. However, that species is not supposed to be found in Scotland (if that is where you found the leaf). Some sort of Sorbus is anyway my guess!


Juliet Robertson October 8, 2015 at 16:27

We do have a whitebeam in Scotland but I agree it’s hard to tell.


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