Autumn is finally here and as we walk the dog we can see the leaves changing colour almost before our eyes. For this week’s theme of Leaves for the Virtual Book Club for Kids, we are working on some prewriting practice. This is an activity that is just perfect for this theme and you don’t have to worry what type of leaves you have because I’ve given a handy alternative especially for the more tropical and southern hemisphere readers. So onto our Leaf Art, with prewriting patterns to go with the featured book this week Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.
Leaf Art Activity for Preschoolers
It was back when I started blogging in 2011 that the leaf art post from The Artful Parent caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to try something similar with my own kids when they were a little older.
Now that they are we set about creating some leaf art but with the purpose of helping to develop writing skills.
Materials Needed for the prewriting leaf art activity
Leaves – if you don’t have lots of leaves around then silk leaves are a great alternative
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Prewriting Dice Pattern to download, print and make
Making Leaf Art with prewriting patterns
Download and print the Prewriting pattern dice (see above for the link).
Cut it out and glue it together – or use double sided sticky tape as this seems to work really well with no time waiting for glue to dry.
Start off by drawing with a metallic marker along the veins of the leaf this will section the leaf.
Roll the dice and the top pattern fill in one of the sections of the leaf with that pattern.
Once that section is full roll the dice again and fill in another section
An alternative is to fill each different leaf with the different patterns and then create a display check out some of the ideas for display on our Crafts with Real Leaves post.
Books About Leaves to Read Alongside this Leaf Art Project
We have a list of recommended books for Autumn and Leaves check out the post to discover more books for autumn reading with your toddlers and preschoolers this week.
Leaf Man Based Activities
Each week we will be sharing additional activities created by the co-hosts of the Virtual Book Club for Kids specifically for the week’s themed books. I try and separate these out into subjects to make it easier for you to pick and choose those most relevant to your child. So here are this week’s Leaf Man, based activities.
Literacy Activities Inspired by Leaves
Learning About Letters with Leaves & Falling Leaves Song from Kori at Home
Beginning Sounds Activity: Leaf Sticker Tree from Growing Book by Book
Letter Recognition Game with Free Leaf Printable from JDaniel’s4 Mom
Leaf Name Sticky Wall from Inspiration Laboratories
Write Your Name In Leaves from Adventures and Play
Leaf Tracing Pre-Writing Activity from Books and Giggles
Leaf puppets from Messy Little Monster
Maths Activities for Leaf Week
Giant Colorful Watercolor Fall Leaves for Kids from Toddler Approved
Basic Math with Fall Leaves for Preschoolers from views From a Step Stool
Leaf Art – Making scenes/people with leaves from Mama Smiles
Exploring Leaf Shapes – Nature Walk Activity from Creative Little Explorers
Leaf Shapes Fingerprint Activity from Artsy Momma
Learning Fun With Leaves from Clare’s Little Tots
Preschool Printable Counting Leaves from The Moments at Home
Fine and Gross Motor Skills Activities for Leaf Themed Preschool Fun
Number Leaf Scavenger Hunt from The Educators’ Spin On It
Follow the leaves: Cardinal Directions and Map Skills for kids from Extremely Good Parenting
Leaf themed Sensory Activities
Fall Loose Parts Sensory Invitation from My Storytime Corner
Fall Leaf Auditory Processing Activities from The OT Toolbox
Leaves and Autumn Science Activities for Preschoolers
Preschool Leaf Science Experiment from Preschool Powol Packets
Simple Preschool Science: Leaf Matching Activity from School Time Snippets