Oh, fall, with all your beautiful colors. How we love you! We’ve been having lots of fun with fall science activities. Spiders, squirrels, apples, pumpkins…and leaves. Where we live, the leaves turn magnificent colors this time of year. So naturally we put together some fall leaf sorting with (free) printable cards for you to try.
We tested it out this week, in fact. (Thank you, weather forecast, for being wrong and NOT sending us rain.) Oh, the fun we had with this fall leaf sorting activity!
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Fall Leaf Sorting with Free Printable Cards
We started this leaf sorting activity by reading a favorite book, Going on a Leaf Hunt. (If you have not read it yet, you must!)
We then went on our own leaf hunt! I gave each of our preschoolers a plastic baggie to hold their findings as we took our walk.
Sorting Our Leaves by Color
I used our leaf sorting cards for this circle time activity. (Bonus! Scroll further down this post and get your free leaf printable cards!) I placed all of our leaves in a tray in the middle of the circle, along with our sorting cards.
I called each preschooler to pick out a leaf or two from the leaf tray and sort it by color.
Just like when we sorted apples by color, we found that some leaves had more than one color, so we then had to decide what color they mostly were.
We also noticed the different shapes of the leaves and the different shades of color.
Once all the leaves were sorted, we counted how many of each color we had and I documented it on the sheets of paper. The leaves were glued to the paper and hung on our bulletin board along with our watercolor tissue paper leaves.
Ready to give this color sorting activity a try? Download your free leaf cards here.
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