Autumn Leaves, 15 ways


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I love autumn; I always have. Growing up in a country town, autumn was by far the most beautiful season and scrunching autumn leaves underfoot was by far my favourite autumnal activity!

Right now, in my front yard in Melbourne, the leaves are well and truly falling, so we thought it might be fun to offer a few ‘Autumn Leaf Activities’.

Some are crafty, some are literary, some are mathematical and some are just plain fun!

Go gather some leaves!

  1. Choose a leaf from the ground. Estimate how much cereal/ how many pieces of macaroni etc. will fit inside the outline. Lay the leaf out, or trace around the edge if easier, and test your estimation.
  2. Choose a vantage spot to watch one tree. Guess how many leaves will fall from that tree in one minute. Then use a timer and keep count. You could do this one as a family competition: the family member with the closest guess gets to pick tonight’s dinner.
  3. Write an acrostic poem using the word ‘AUTUMN’ or the words ‘AUTUMN LEAVES’. For those of you who have shelved their memories of acrostic poetry, here is an example from spring:

S un is shining, there’s more warmth in the air

P etals cover the lawn like sprinkles on a cake

R aindrops pitter patter and help the plants to grow

I nsects scurry about, busy work to do

G ardens are full of flowers and happy children

  1. Read, plan, rehearse and perform the following poem:

In Autumn
by Winifred C. Marshall

They’re coming down in showers,
The leaves all gold and red;
They’re covering the little flowers,
And tucking them in bed
They’ve spread a fairy carpet
All up and down the street;
And when we skip along to school,
they rustle ‘neath our feet


  1. Using each of the 5 senses, write about autumn. In autumn, what do you see, taste, hear, smell and feel? You could do this specifically about autumn leaves, but I’m not sure about the tasting part…
  2. Collect about 5 or 6 leaves and lay them out on a piece of paper. Using paint and a roller, go over the top of the leaves, covering the paper behind, so that when you remove the leaves, just the outlines are left. You can then use the painted leaves, themselves for another creation.
  3. Gather a small pile of leaves and count how many shades of red, yellow, green and brown you can see. You could also graph the colours.
  4. Estimate and then calculate how many leaves it will take (when laid side by side) to reach across your garden / driveway / living room etc.
  5. Who can build the tallest pile? Simple, but fun!
  6. Find 3 trees that are not losing their leaves. See if you can find out what kind of tree each one is.
  7. Do some research to explain exactly how fallen leaves can be good for the garden.
  8. Focussing on one specific tree that is losing its leaves, draw the tree now, as the leaves are falling and then draw it again in a month or so, when it is bare.
  9. Find green, yellow and red leaves and make autumn leaf traffic lights. Set them up around the house or yard and use them to learn and play about road rules and safety.
  10. Set up small piles of leaves as witches’ hats. Weave around them kicking a ball, or hitting a golf ball, or simply running. Time your laps to make it more competitive.
  11. Work together to build the largest pile of leaves you can. Once the pile is created, boil the kettle, make yourself a cup of tea, sit back, relax and smile as your kids experience the best autumn has to offer!

What other autumn activities do you enjoy as a family?

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