Fall,  Fine Motor,  Learning,  Sensory

7 Simple Leaf Activities For Toddlers

This is the season when leaves are in abundance.  I’m sure you’re looking for an easy way to get them all off your lawn, as well!  

This is an excellent way to teach your little ones new vocabulary, colors, sizes, and seasons, as well as tactile sensory processing from touching and feeling the different textures of the leaves.

They’re all super simple and don’t require much setup or supplies. Enjoy the beautiful autumn season with your kids!

Try these simple fall leaf activities with your toddler to teach them colors, size, & the change of seasons. Use real or fake leaves for these activities.

7 Fall Leaf Toddler Activities

Here are some simple activities for your toddler in which you can use real (or fake) leaves to get them exploring and learning about this new season.

These activities are super simple and can be done using household items or just while out for a walk with your child. It will help to develop language skills and sensory processing as they learn.

1. Go for a walk to pick up leaves

Try these simple fall leaf activities with your toddler to teach them colors, size, & the change of seasons. Use real or fake leaves for these activities.

You can push them in a stroller or walk with them. This is even just a good reason to get out for some fresh air. Try and gather at least 2 different color leaves: brown, yellow, red, orange, or even green. 

Talk to them about the leaves changing colors during the fall and falling off the trees and tell them the leaf’s color as you pick them up.

2. Sort them by color

Tape colored construction paper to the floor and have them put the leaves in their corresponding color pile. Tell them the color and try to have them repeat it, teach them ‘on top‘ as you put the leaves on top of the paper.

3. Sort them by size

Try these simple fall leaf activities with your toddler to teach them colors, size, & the change of seasons. Use real or fake leaves for these activities.

Place one big leaf and one small leaf separately.  Have them now sort their leaves by size.  As you or your toddler picks them up, say big or smalland have them repeat those words.

4. Leaf Sensory Bin

Throw all the leaves into a bin or bowl, along with other small objects or toys.  Have your child fish through the leaves to find their toys.  

Talk about the texture of the leaves.  Tell them to crunch the leaves in their hands and between their fingers and ask them how it feels or if they like the feeling. Source: Powerfulmothering.com

5. Count the Leaves

As simple as it sounds.  Use the leaves to learn counting as they are gathering them or just playing.  Around 2 years old, your toddler should be starting to say numbers up to 10.  They may not understand the concept of counting one-by-one, but this activity can help them learn.

6. Make a Leaf Wreathe

This is a super easy craft to make with the leaves you collected once you’re done with the above activities. Just have your toddler glue the leaves onto a ring cut out form a paper plate or cardboard and your toddler will be so impressed with his work! Source: Crafts for all seasons

7. Make a fall turkey

Use your left over leaves to make a simple turkey craft.  Depending on the age of your toddler, you could draw the large shapes and have him attempt to cut itout.  

If they are too young, cut out the pieces and have them just glue the leaves on backof the turkey.  Your toddler will love seeing the transformation of paper and leaves into something that they recognize as an animal. 

Enjoy these fun fall activities with your baby or toddler and also check out the Ultimate Fall Bucket List for more fun family activities.

How did these simple fall leaf activities work for you and your children?  Feel free to share in the comments below!

Marissa is a pediatric occupational therapist turned stay-at-home mom of two little ones who are 14 months apart. Her days are filled with coffee, hugs, and messes. When she doesn't have her hands full of babies, she enjoys a glass (or 3) of wine, reality tv, and country music.

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