Autumn is here, and this means it is time to enjoy the fall leaves! Fall leaves make a wonderful sensory experience for children.
The soft stems and delicate leaves of our Japanese Maple make beautifully soft leaf piles, and my kids had a blast in their new sensory playground!
We raked the leaves up over and over, so they could run through them, throw them in the air,
And style fashionable hair accessories!
Benefits of Playing in the Leaves for Kids
Playing in the leaves looks like it is “just” fun, but it provides so many learning opportunities for kids! Here are a few things kids learn by playing in leaves:
- Sensory input, especially sight, touch, and smell
- Physical activity in the fresh fall air
- Science! By playing in the leaves, kids get the chance to really explore how autumn leaves are different from spring and summer leaves. They also quickly learn about insulation as they discover that they stay much warmer under a pile of leaves.
Leaf Themed Books for Kids
Once you head back indoors, check out these fun fall leave themed books for kids:
- Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! (can you guess where I found my inspiration for the title of this post?)
- Leaf Man
- We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt
- Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
- Why Do Leaves Change Color?
- I Can Name 50 Trees