One of our favorite kindergarten themes and units by far is a leaf theme. Now that we are doing My Father’s World Kindergarten for a second time, we are also doing even more leaf activities for kindergarten. I especially like what the leaf reminds us according to the MFW curriculum, “I will live and grow in Jesus.” In this post I’m going to share the particular leaf activities we did for this week plus some amazing leaf and tree books!
Leaf Craft Activities
There are so many leaf craft activities you can do. We couldn’t possibly cover them all in just one week. Our main focus was getting outside and actually collecting leaves from our own yard. We then identified the leaves before we started working on our crafts.
Leaf Rubbing Activity
Our first activity was simple enough. We did a leaf rubbing activity. I used plain printer paper and placed the leaves underneath the paper. We took some old crayons and removed the paper from then, we then used the sides of our crayons to rub over the paper to create rubbings of our leaves!
Leaf crowns are so fun! My girls actually did this activity with some friends. They used card stock cut to fit their heads and stapled in place. They then used a collection of dried leaves and flowers to create their gorgeous crowns! It was a simple activity that made a big statement.
Leaf Man Activities
Leaf Man is by far one of our favorite leaf themed books. There are several leaf themed activities you could definitely pull off realted to this book.
Possibly the best craft for Leaf Man is to create your own leaf people! We do this one activity almost every year. The kids use leaves we have collected to construct their own versions of leaf people. You could also create leaf animals. We just glue the leaves onto paper and add some wiggly eyes for fun! The possibilities are endless.
Leaves come from trees and I think one of the best art projects you can do with your kids are the ones that are unstructured. I gave my kids some paper and crayons and told them to draw a tree. It was fun to see what they came up with on their own!
Leaf Snack Ideas
I try to include a snack with each of our kindergarten themes. This particular snack was a big hit! I used these leaf cookie cutters to cut leaf shaped ham and cheese sandwiches for each of my kids. I also created a little salad for them by making a tree trunk out of carrot sticks and leaves using salad mix. Not pictured is the ranch dressing they ate with it!
Leaf Painting for Kindergarten
The last leaf themed activity we did for the week was a leaf dot painting. I printed a free tree template and then we used green, orange, and yellow tempera paint and some round sponge brushes to do leaves on our tree! It was a simple activity, but my kids always love when I pull out the paint.
Leaf Books for Kindergarten
I’ve mentioned before, but the books are what really make our weeks in our homeschool kindergarten. I have a few books on hand, but I’ve been getting a lot of our books from the library. Besides the aforementioned Leaf Man, here’s a look at the other books we read during Leaf Week!
More Kindergarten Themes and Units
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