To do: While checking out the falling leaves, use specific tree vocabulary: Maple, oak, etc.
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: A knowledge of common deciduous trees in your area.
Most trees that drop leaves in the fall have distinctly shaped leaves. This can be a great way to enhance your child’s vocabulary, if you know what to look for!
Maple, Oak, Sumac, and Aspen are all types of trees that have brilliantly colored leaves in the fall. Here’s a handy guide from iMom if you need to brush up on your leaf knowledge:
We also love this resource from arborday.org, showcasing beautiful photos of trees you might want to be on the lookout for: Top Fall Trees from Arbor Day.
While out on your next walk or trip to the local nature reserve, point out these leaves to your child, and give them a name. “Wow, this red leaf is from a Sumac tree!” or “How many Maple leaves can we find? They look like this.”
We wish you luck in your leaf hunt!
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