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Learning About Changing Leaves with Preschoolers

Updated: Oct 21, 2020

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning preschool curriculum in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing things for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children.

collage of leaf activities with text: Changing Leaves Autumn Preschool Activities

One of this week's topics from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) was Changing Leaves and it was a huge hit in our classroom.

topic poster for Changing Leaves

We started the morning with a discussion about things that change in the fall and then we went outside to gather nature items for our invitation to create.

leaf creature made by preschool student

When we came back in we made art, played in our autumn sensory bin, counted leaves, and enjoyed nature items in our loose parts center.

leaf creature inspiration photo

This was for sure one of my all-time favorite topics! Experience Early Learning did such a beautiful job of tying together seasonal changes with engaging and hands-on activities.

preschooler's leaf creature

The preschoolers especially enjoyed reading Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert and making their own leaf creatures using the inspiration photo that was included in our preschool curriculum kit. Not surprisingly, they got really creative with it.


It was so great to see such a strong connection between the suggested story and the creative art for the day.

printed leaf cards with number 1-6

Our small group math activity for today was Numbered Leaves and we practiced putting the number 1-6 in order and then removing a number and guessing which one it was.


The children did great with this game and they thoroughly enjoyed trying to figure out which number was missing.

loose parts table with nature items

Table Top Literacy was in the loose parts center. We used nature items and hands-on letters to learn about letter formation.


The preschoolers made the letters we learned so far this month from leaves, sticks, and acorns. What a wonderful pre-writing activity!

letters made from nature items

We're loving that there are so many activities for each day's topic and that you'll always find math and literacy in the Teacher Guides.

preschooler's leaf rubbing

The Investigation Station was all about leaf rubbings and the children really enjoyed seeing the leaves "magically" appear when they colored over their paper.

preschooler making a leaf rubbing

And last but least, we made a fun water bead sensory bin using fall colors, and the children had a blast scooping and pouring while practicing measuring skills.

fall sensory bin with water beads

We definitely love Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) and everything they have to offer!

fall water bead sensory bin with measuring cups and spoons

Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to as we wrap up Weather & Seasons.

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