by Robyn © March 2005
Autumn is upon us! Autumn begins at the end of March in the Southern Hemisphere. Discuss the four seasons or refresh if you’ve already covered them. A season is a time of the year that has a particular kind of weather. In most parts of the world there are four seasons ~ Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer. Autumn comes just after summer and just before winter. You could use this opportunity to do some sequencing exercises, learning more about ‘before’ and ‘after’. In Autumn, the weather becomes cooler, the days become shorter and it gets light later and darker earlier. The leaves change from greens to yellows and reds and oranges and gold and fall from the trees. Some trees remain green and these trees are called evergreens. Some animals start growing thicker fur for the winter. Some birds and butterflies fly to somewhere warmer.
Why do we have four seasons?
A child recounts the life of a maple tree selected from a
nursery to grow in the family's garden.
As they grow
up together, the child watches the tree through all the seasons. This book includes some very interesting info on trees such as how
roots absorb nutrients, what photosynthesis is, how sap circulates, and other
This fun fact book shows young craft and nature lovers how
to work with leaves to create unique animals and colourful scenes, among the most beautiful are a
butterfly, a cow, and a peacock. The
book concludes with information on how to assemble your own masterpieces, a
field guide and information on the life cycle of a leaf.
This impressive book joyfully portrays the excitement one
begins to feel when the hot summer air turns cool, leaves start to change, wild
geese fly south, gardeners reap their harvests and all creatures prepare for
winter. The simple text explains where the insects go and how small animals
burrow underground and store their food.
It also has several pages of autumn activities.
My Autumn Leaf Book
Make an autumn leaf book by putting all of the leaf crafts below in a
book when they are finished. You can
also add the rhymes & songs below and decorate the pages or write/dictate
your own autumn thoughts and poems.
Nature Walk - Leaf Collecting
Go outdoors and take a walk somewhere where there are lots of autumn
trees. Talk about the parts of the tree
eg the leaves, trunk, branches, roots.
Compare shapes, bark, leaves and seeds of the different trees. Collect fallen leaves, try and get as many
different colours as you can. Talk about the leaves you have
collected. Study their similarities and differences. Try to name the types of trees that
they came from.
different leaves and place them one at a time under a piece of white paper with
the vein side of the leaf facing up. Use the flat edge of a wax crayon
and rub across the leaf including the veins, the stem and the shape of the
leaf. For a different effect, try overlapping the edges of leaves and use
different colour crayons.
Make a collage with real autumn leaves, acorns, sticks, bark and anything red, yellow, orange, gold or brown.
Choose an interesting leaf from your nature walk to draw. When you get home, label your leaf. Vein etc.
Paint a piece of white paper with red and yellow paints. You can also mix the paints to create
orange. Allow patterns to dry. Flip the paper over and trace around the edge of some leaves
you found. Then cut them out and stick
them on brown paper to add to your Autumn Leaf book.
Falling Leaf Dance
Whirl and twirl as you impersonate windblown autumn leaves falling from the trees. Set the stage for this movement activity with the appropriate instrumental music.
Paint a picture using leaves and twigs instead of brushes!
Make leaf prints by painting real leaves in different autumn colours and pressing them onto paper.
Preserve your Autumn Leaves
Place a bright autumn leaf between two sheets of wax paper. Cover with several layers of newspaper. Press with a warm iron, sealing the wax paper together with the leaf in between. Cut your leaves out leaving a bit of wax paper around the leaf.
Arm Trees with Fingerprint Leaves
Trace hand and arm to about the elbow, spreading the fingers to create the tree branches. Paint the tree's trunk and branches brown. Dip one fingertip at a time into red, orange and yellow paint and then press all over the paper, especially on the ground. Makes a beautiful picture!
Fold autumn colour papers in half and cut half leaf shapes out.
Glue a leaf on a piece of paper with the smaller side on top. Draw legs, arms, and a head to create a person.
Taking A Walk
Taking a walk is so much fun!
We don't hurry,
We don't run.
We watch for birds,
We watch for bees,
We watch for all the falling leaves.
~ Mary Jackson Ellis
Little leaves fall gently down,
Red and yellow, orange and brown.
~ Author unknown
The Leaves Are Falling Down
(tune ~ "The
Farmer’s in The Dell")
The leaves are falling down,
The leaves are falling down,
Red, orange, yellow, brown,
The leaves are falling down.
~ Author unknown
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