Our neighborhood is like a fall playground. It is very wooded with a variety of trees. If something falls from a tree, we probably have it in our neighborhood– acorns, seed pods, needles, leaves, gumballs, etc. It makes for a lot of yardwork this time of year. It also provides lots of exploration for the little guys.
My boys love to pick up acorns, sticks, and rocks and jam them in their pockets for later. “Later” generally turns into the wash cycle. At least we have clean nature around here! I think I saw this idea for collecting nature items minus the pockets at the It’s Playtime link-up but now I can’t find the exact post. Maybe this one?
I created a scavenger hunt for extra fun and to increase those visual discrimination skills. Our Target dollar spot had the fall stickers. I made our lists on index cards to make them easy for little hands to hold.
A favorite book related to fall nature is The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger. I shared this book last year but it truly is one of my favorites!
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger In this story, a little yellow leaf is not ready to fall from the big oak tree. The leaf finally spies a scarlet leaf and the two leaves decide to let go together. I love that among all of the books that describe fall concepts, there is a book about fall leaves that tells a heartwarming story about friendship, bravery, change, and letting go. And the illustrations? They are ah-mazing!!
Here’s where I’m linking up this week: