real or paper leaves in fall colors (orange, red, yellow, brown) and green leaves
large piece of fabric or material (tablecloth or sheet)
two baskets or boxes large enough to hold the leaves
Instructions:l Label one basket "Green" and the other "Orange, Red, Yellow, and Brown."
What to Do
1. Talk about the colors of leaves in the fall.
2. Show children the real or paper leaves and ask what they notice about the
3. Tell the children that they are going to make the fall leaves fall! Show them the
baskets and explain that after the leaves fall, they are going to sort them by
color and place them in the appropriate basket.
4. Put the baskets on opposite sides of the circle.
5. Have children stand around the large cloth and hold onto the edges. Pile the
leaves onto the top of the cloth and help the children lift the cloth up and
down to toss the leaves into the air.
6. While they are tossing the leaves, ask children to call out colors they see.
7. Say, "When I count to three, we are going to let go of the cloth. When the
cloth falls to the ground, collect the leaves one at a time and take them to the
basket that matches their color."
8. Count to three and help the children drop the cloth and sort the leaves.
9. When all of the leaves are collected, consider looking through the collected
leaves or repeating the activity.
To assess the children's learning, consider the following:
l Can each child identify the main colors on three leaves? Can they match the
leaves to baskets of the same colors?