One of my favorite things about the fall are the breezy days when the leaves rain down upon the Earth. It’s such a magical time of year filled with warm colors and soft light.
There are so many fun things to do with fall leaves. My daughter and I have made games out of catching and counting them that she loves to play.
Get Outside and Connect Activity Week # 41
Catch and Count Falling Leaves
This week’s activity is to catch and count falling leaves. It’s a very simple yet fun game that my daughter loves to play. There are many ways to play depending on the age of your child and their ability to count. You can even make up your own way to play.
If your child isn’t ready to count or doesn’t want to count don’t force it. Catching fall leaves is an environment ripe with opportunities to learn on its own, no counting game needed. Learning happens naturally when children are allowed to play.
Catching falling leaves is a fantastic activity for gross motor learning, hand-eye coordination, and sensory input of all kinds.
This post is a part of the Get Outside & Connect Series. To learn more about it click on the link.
Fall Leaves Counting Game
The whole game started when I invited my daughter to try to catch the falling leaves last fall. One leaf lead to the next, and before I knew it a half an hour had passed in a hundred and one blissful squeals.
When she was finished she asked me how many she had caught. I had no idea. I was happy to have stolen a few moments while she happily entertained herself. She was not happy about this.
The next time she played I was ready for the “how many leaves” question. I had her run over to make a mark on our outdoor chalkboard each time she caught one. [Click on the link above to learn how to make your own outdoor chalkboard. You can also use a pencil and a piece of paper. Have your child make any kind of mark they’re able to.]
Making a mark after catching each leaf made the game even more exciting for my daughter. Running to the chalkboard to make a mark became a reward for her. When she was done playing, we counted the marks together to see how many she had caught. [This may be challenging depending on the age of your child… just go with it.]
This fall the game has changed. My daughter catches and counts to 3. When she gets to 3 she runs over to our outdoor chalkboard and makes a mark. Then she counts again starting with 1.
Meet your child where they are in their learning for this game. On a day when the leaves are falling invite your child try to catch and count the falling leaves. Using the examples above your child may be able to count to 5, 10, or 20 before making a mark, or maybe they are not ready to count at all.
If you have more than one child they can choose to make it a competition–or they can make up their own way to play.
This fall leaves counting activity is fun for all ages. Learning happens naturally when children are allowed to play, catch, and count falling leaves. Follow the lead of your child and you can’t go wrong.
Fun Ideas for Using Fall Leaves
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