Developing Thinking Skills with Leaves

26 September 2011 · 6 comments

in Nature Play & Learning

Autumn is well and truly here, so once more, leaf activities are a must-do with children at the moment. I’ve been putting together a course about fostering creativity through learning outside and whilst doing this, the following thoughts popped into my head…

What can a leaf be used for?

How many would fit into a match box?

Challenge children to find a leaf with the most colours on it. Some of the ones below do a fine job…

Think of 3 ways to improve a leaf…

If you asked a tree about losing its leaves in Autumn, what would it say?

How many questions could you ask about a leaf?

What other thoughts might you have about leaves… Leave a comment here (Geddit?)

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Mariann October 5, 2011 at 11:35

Check my Fall unit:

You may find some interesting activities with chesnut, acorn & different berries…


Juliet Robertson October 1, 2013 at 08:46

Thanks Mariann

Reply October 14, 2011 at 05:07

What type of answers do your students give? At what age range? Your post gets me thinking about what my kids might say…


Juliet Robertson October 1, 2013 at 08:45

A lot depends on their age. Usually 5 and 6 years have the most divergent responses. My son who is a teenager thinks I am mad if I ask him a lot of these sorts of questions…!


Matt Robinson September 30, 2013 at 12:40

What does the leaf feel and see as it flies off the tree and falls / is blown to the ground?
Can you show me how a leaf (or seed) falls or is blown?


Juliet Robertson October 1, 2013 at 08:46

Thanks Matt

May this be the first of many comments on my blog from you! LOL!


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