Posts Tagged ‘autumn’

Friday Freebie: Falling Leaf Language Activity

Friday, November 25th, 2011 by by

I was checking out some other speech therapy blogs this week and came across a great post from Jenna at Speech Room News on how she used some foam leaves to work on “wh” questions with her students. Her post inspired me to think up a fun activity to target toddler and preschool language skills using leaves. You can check out her post HERE.

Anyway, my daughter and I had a BLAST doing several different activities with just some simple colored leaves. Since I didn’t have foam leaves, I went ahead and made some on the computer and printed them out. You could also cut out leaves out of construction paper. I am, of course, providing you with a PDF that includes 25 leaves in 5 different colors along with 10 different activity ideas for Freebie Friday! But first…a little of what we did…

Using just 25 leaves of different colors/sizes we were able to target the following skills and concepts:

  • Sorting skills
  • Spatial concepts (on, off, next to, above, below, etc)
  • Temporal Concepts (first. last, beginning, end, etc)
  • Quantity concepts (some, all, more, less, empty, full, etc)
  • Quality concepts (color, size, shape)
  • Patterns
  • Counting
  • Letter and number recognition

Here is what we did: (more…)

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Fall Leaves Using Black Glue

Monday, November 21st, 2011 by by
Around Halloween time, I saw the coolest project on Madtown Macs.  They used black glue to create some spooky Halloween pictures.  We never had time to make those pictures, but with Fall upon us, we made some leaves using the same arts and crafts technique.
Supplies you will need:
  • Black paint
  • White glue in a glue bottle
  • Paper (I used copy paper)
  • Watercolors and brush
  • Construction paper

To make your black glue, just squirt some black paint into your glue bottle.  I wanted to be sure to have a dark black color, so I emptied out most of the white glue from the bottle until there was only 1/4 left.  Then I added some squirts of black paint and shook it up. (more…)

Leaf People

Friday, November 11th, 2011 by by
Last time I was at the dollar store, I noticed some leaf cutouts in the seasonal section.  These were not paper leaves, more like the kind you would find on a garland.  I bought them, thinking I would use them in a holiday display. But with life being what it is, the leaves never made it into any display.  They did make it into the back of my supply closet, also known as the “closet of mystery” since we never quite know what’s inside.
While searching for something else the other day, I found the leaves and wondered what fun kids activity I could do with them.  I came up with Leaf People, the cute little guys you see below.
Supplies you will need:
  • Leaves (real, paper or other cut out)
  • Googly eyes
  • Foam stickers
  • Toothpicks
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Markers

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Fall Craft for Kids: Tree and Leaf Wall Decoration

Friday, October 21st, 2011 by by
Materials:
  • 5 white sheets of Bristol Board
  • pencil
  • paintbrushes
  • brown, red, yellow and orange paint
  • scissors
  • leaf shapes (cut-outs) that are roughly 4-5 inches in height (You can trace real leaves or use printables from the internet)
  • 2 large (12 x 18 inch) sheets of green construction paper
  • 6 large sheets of blue construction paper
  • clear, wide packing tape
  • Velcro
Instructions:

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