Posted by: Jacquie Fisher   

Fall Leaf Scavenger Hunt {with free printable worksheet!!}

Free printable Leaf Scavenger Hunt Cards to inspire your kids to get outside, practice a little math and (most of all) enjoy the beauty of the season!

Leaf activities are second nature in Fall! 

Whether you're creating leaf rubbings, making leaf prints or just enjoying the color, there are so many ways to play, learn and craft with leaves.

And best of all, NO prep time!

You won't need any special supplies for many of your leaf projects -- just step outside and you're set to go :)


leaf scavenger hunt with free printable cards!  Pair with the book We're Going on a Leaf Hunt

Going on a Leaf Hunt: Printable Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Kids will enjoy hunting for leaves by color, shape or number with these easy outdoor ideas. 

And be sure to add in some other fun leaf activities -- create leaf rubbings and learn about the parts of a leaf or try an easy leaf science experiment!  We're also including affiliate links to items we used with the activity too.

First, as always with any of our activities, pair this with a fun book for kids --

We recommend these books for your next leaf hunt -- each will help children to identify leaves, their trees and explore a little Fall science too!



You can use this activity & free printable Leaf Cards in quite a few ways:

1.  Print off the sheet and have younger kids head out to find one leaf of each color (we used clothespins to attach our leaves to the paper).

2.  If you print the leaf cards on white cardstock, they are more sturdy and can be cut into four individual leaf hunting cards.  Use these to have your kids find multiple leaves of each color.

3.  This is also a fun activity for classrooms or scouting groups -- have kids pair up into teams and find the leaves.

Leaf hunts are lots of fun on the way home from school or as a family activity -- maybe on a weekend hike or during the pre-Thanksgiving festivities at Grandma's!

If you'd extend the activity, see how we experiment with our leaf rubbings using different art materials.


leaf matching activity

Math Activities using Leaves

Math in nature is such an easy thing to do! 

And not just counting either -- there's a number of math concepts that kids from ages 2 - 12 can enjoy using leaves:



By matching colored leaves to their appropriate color on the cards, kids are learning how to categorize items which is a basic math concept for preschoolers and early elementary age kids.



Younger kids can practice their counting skills.  Have them count the number of each leaf color or the total numbers of leaves.  If counting forward is easy, line up the leaves and have them count backwards.


Fall leaf activity for kids



Once kids are proficient at counting, the next step is adding numbers.  For this activity, kids can add yellow leaves + red leaves + orange leaves + green leaves! 

Be sure to use a "0" if you aren't able to find one of the leaf colors -- this will give kids practice with the concept of zero.



Kids LOVE making graphs!  Try creating a circle graph or bar graph using crayons or colored pencils to represent the number of leaves from each color group. 

Or grab chalk and head outside to draw leaf graphs on the sidewalk or driveway.



If you have kids over the age of 8 years old, introduce the idea of percentages.  "What % of the leaves are red?" etc.


Mean & Mode

Learning about the mean (average number) and mode (largest number of an item) is a perfect way to introduce advanced math for kids ages 10+.

For example, we found 2 red leaves, 3 yellow leaves, 1 green leaf and 2 orange leaves.

To explain the mean (or the average number of leaves for each color), find the total number of leaves and divide by the 4 colors.

For the concept of mode, you are looking for the color group with the MOST leaves -- for us, that would be our yellow leaves.




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