Fall is a great time to gather natural materials to using in play, art and learning, and there are a great variety of things you can do with them, from painting on leaves to making collages of natural materials, drawing the parts of a leaf or a pine cone, and using those observations to learn more about the natural world.
Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures has gathered some great ideas for exploring natural materials.
First, I love this experiment about why pinecones open. It’s honestly something I’d never thought about, but I think the observations her kids made and the experiment they came up with to learn more about how and why pinecones open and close were excellent. This is a great one to try if you have pine trees in your yard or where you walk in your neighborhood so you can gather a bunch to play with.
She also has a great list of sensory activities related to leaves including art projects, sensory jars, leaf playdough, a fall scavenger hunt and more.
Which reminded me of another leaf-related activity I saw recently involving leaves of different colors in water. I saw it a Kiwi Crate. Your kids will be surprised how easy it is to get the color out of leaves.
Do you have any activities involving leaves that you love to do? I’d love to hear about them!