This week’s Leaf Lesson Plan was chalk full of fantastic seasonal literature! One book that we especially enjoyed was We’re Going On a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger. This book mimics the classic “We’re Going On a Bear Hunt” story and it’s catchy rhythm and repetitive nature lends itself wonderfully to circle time and story retelling activities!
We explored this book with two fun activities this week. On the first day, we read this story during our morning circle time then ventured outside to go on a leaf hunt of our own. My oldest excitedly joined me in our leaf hunt chant as we strolled around the neighborhood searching for fallen leaves.
We were pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of leaves we came across. We talked about their different colors and shapes.
The little ones enjoyed stomping and crunching the leaves in their hands and we all took turns sampling the signature aroma of autumn leaves.
Once we returned home, we viewed our collection and sorted them by variety. We even brought our book out to compare our leaves to the ones in the book. Our Red Maple and Yellow Birch were a perfect match!
Later in the week, we reread the story to freshen our memories then took our own turn acting it out. I set up obstacles around the house and taped paper leaves all around.
The kids had fun pretending to climb mountains, crawl through forests, row across lakes, and splash around waterfall!
Not only was it a fun extension of the story, but it was great gross motor exercise and a fantastic way to teach and reinforce spacial concepts!