Loving Leaves: More Nature-Based Curriculum

“What’s important is that children have an opportunity to bond with the natural world, to learn to love it and feel comfortable in it, before being asked to heal its wounds.”- David Sobel

Our enjoyment of Fall foliage continues. We bring a variety of colored leaves indoors to notice, manipulate and interact with. In the play yard, the giant canopy of trees continue dropping their leaves to the ground. We collect, rake, run and jump through them. 


Leaves are taped to paper and we set out a paint palette mirroring the colored leaves. Children approach easel painting a little differently when they encounter a page with a provocation, instead of a blank page.









Parents brought in a wax-dipping activity. We invite each child to pick five of their favorite leaves to hand dip in wax. Adults tie line onto each dipped leaf and attach them to a branch to complete the mobile.

We offer paper cut-outs in the shape of maple leaves along with pipette droppers and water colors. Children use fine motor skills to pinch each color into the pipette and release it onto the page. Planned and unexpected color combinations delight us.

This small group makes wishes into their felted leaves before adding them to their pot of stew. Imaginative, cooperative play at its best!

When I notice that a child is dis-regulated, I suggest they take the challenge of rolling a tree stump up a slope. This  example of “heavy work” meets their need for vestibular input. The child enthusiastically rolls the stump up the slope and back down. The second time they try it,  they invite  friends to join in the fun.

We enjoy weeks of raking and jumping in piles of leaves.

This trio collects golden leaves to adorn the picnic table before lunch. 

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