Our theme for this week is Leaves & Seeds - exploring trees during autumn is a great nature and science activity!
Discovering Leaves & Seeds
One of our new favorite books is Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk. It's a wonderful book to use in the fall for identifying trees and their leaves. Once you begin to look at leaves, children will realize that they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This books shares information about the leaves and seeds from a number of different trees.
We used the book to go on a leaf & seed hunt to learn what types of trees we had in our neighborhood.
Each page of the book uses a short rhyme to introduce a new tree, describes the color of the leaf in the fall and shares pictures of the leaf and seed from that tree.
What I love most about the books from Sylvan Dell Publishing are all the add-on activities and information included at the back of each book and online!
Kids can learn the benefits leaves offer to animals and people, do a leaf matching game and learn about geography and the seasons and so much more!
If you're a teacher, homeschooler or school librarian, you will LOVE the FREE access you have to more than 35+ pages of nature, science, math and reading printables and activities for each of their books.
What are Seeds?
Teach kids that trees grow from seeds just like plants do. Each type of tree produces a different type of seed.
Take a nature walk and collect a variety of seeds - here's a list to get you started:
- Helicopters or winged seeds
For extra fun when collecting, make a cool Nature Bracelet!
Put some sturdy tape (duct tape or heavy masking tape) inside-out around your child's wrist. As you find leaves or seeds, you can stick them onto the tape to make a colorful bracelet.
More Amazing Books
I love take-along guides like Trees, Leaves & Bark! Kids are encouraged to explore their natural world through pictures and short descriptions. A perfect introductory book for kids on a nuatre walk or wanting to learn about the trees in their own backyard.
Why Do Leaves Change Color? is a wonderful science introduction for kids! The book explains the answer to a very common question and gives kids an inside look at nature.
A Seed Is Sleepy is a beautifully illustrated book that shares the secret of seeds. The vibrant colors attract the reader to explore the details of each seed and learn about the adventures, trials and tribulations of each type.
I Can Name 50 Trees Today!: All About Trees is part of the Dr. Seuss Learning Library series. Follow along with the Cat as he introduces you to trees from around the world. Kids will learn how to identify different types of trees and enjoy all the scientific details included in this book.
Leaf Man is a creative look at what leaves might look like if they were arranged in a certain way -- ducks, cows and a travelling man that floats around the autumn world. It was one of our book recommendations for the Kids Online Book Club in September. Kids will have a great time collecting leaves and then using them to create pictures!
For some fun crafts to create based on the story, visit our friends at Inspiration Laboratories: Leaf Man Art
Leaf & Seed Crafts
Make some Nature Artwork like this Leaf & Seed Tree
Use leaves, seeds and other materials (either natural or items from around the house) to create artwork. We used an old sock for the tree base but you can also use sticks or pieces of bark that you find on the ground.
Make some beautiful Leaf Prints with play dough or clay from Nuture Store.
If you have Acorns lying around, make these adorable Acorn Owls from Curly Birds via bloesom kids.
I Can Teach My Child shows us how to make a beautiful Autumn Tree with the leaves you collect!
Enjoy the beauty of the trees this fall!
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