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Why do leaves change colors ?~Fall Leaves Activities for All Ages~

Fall leaves make me want to create something!

They’re some of the most beautiful artworks in nature.  Nearly every color can be found.  Even here in central Texas, our leaves have begun to be painted in warm yellows and oranges.   While doing some reading for this post, I realized that there were lots of great ideas for activities to learn about leaves for the Littles crew, but not as many for the older crowd.

Hopefully, you and your family will enjoy this mini fall leaves “unit”.  Really, this is just a list of activities and reading, and would be a great days activity for a Friday afternoon (or Tuesday or any day when the crisp fall weather causes us to all want to be outdoors)…or on a busy week (like Thanksgiving)…or just any day (because YAY you homeschool and can do that!!).

*If you’d like to listen to some lovely, quiet music while you scroll through these ideas, Autumn by George Winston is one of my all time favorites!
Or if you’d like a classic, Linus & Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi  by George Winston is nice.

*Why Do Leaves Change Colors Anyway?*

*You can start with this section or skip right to the activities –
I learned a ton about what makes leaves change colors and the types of trees
with the most vivid colored leaves.

-Before you begin, it might be fun to ask your kids why/how they think leaves change colors.
You could write down their initial answers and then review them after the day.
Depending on the ages of your children this can be quite entertaining.

– You may also like to take a quick walk before this lesson to collect some leaves to have on
hand for visuals.

– Why Do Leaves Change Colors–  a short video by kids, for kids
Chromatography- Why Leaves Change Colors  –YouTube  
Why Leaves Change Colors–  short video explanation from DNews
3 Simple Science Experiements: Why Do Leaves Change Colors?  from Playdough to Plato

Why Do Leaves Change Colors–  a simple science experiment from How Wee Learn

*Fall Leaves Activities for the Littles*

Montessori-Inspired Autumn Leaf Unit  from Living Montessori Now
8 Leaf Activities from Teaching Mama
Fall Song, How Many Leaves ?       (Counting & Colors Song)
– Leaves by David Ezra Stein audio picture book on YouTube
   (very nice reading with original music composition)
– Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf  by Lois Ehlert – audio picture book
– Lots of Leaf Activities and Printables from Enchanted Learning
Leaf Lacing for Toddlers  from I Can Teach My Child
My favorite fall finds for the Littles on my Pinterest board “Littles- Fall Fun”

*Fall Leaves Activities for Everyone*

Falling Leaves Unit Study from DIY Homeschooler
– Autumn Leaves Poetry
– Some great fall leaves ideas from  The Homeschool Scientist
– Fall Leaves Ideas for all ages!
– TONS of Fall Leaf Crafty Ideas from 123 Homeschool For Me
Collection of Fall Leaf Coloring Pages–  nice, detailed drawings
  also  HERE
Leaf Identification Cards  (free printables!)  from Wildflower Ramblings

– Leaf Identification App
+ Picture This Plant Identification App

– Some fun snack ideas that aren’t just for preschoolers  🙂
+ Fall Leaves Salad (or sandwiches)
+ Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Leaves
+ Colorful Fall Trees

*Leaves Book List !

So I’m a homeschooler.  I can’t resist a books list.  😀
Just a few of my favorite books and kits.  The links below are Amazon affiliate links.  This means that if you purchase any of the items below by clicking below, I will get a small commission at NO extra cost to you at all.   This helps me keep my blog running !  Thanks!

*Why Do Leaves Change Colors ?
*Leaf Man
*Look What I Did With a Leaf !
*Because of an Acorn
*Trees, Leaves, and Bark  (Take Along Guide)
*Leaf Collecting Kit* Fall Leaves Journal/Notebooking 
*Hello Autumn Coloring Book  (older kids and adults)
*George Winston “Autumn”
Fall Leaves Cookie Cutter Set

And for those of us who don’t get many fall leaves…
*Fall Leaves Foam Cut Outs
*Fall Leaves Stickers

Texas FallFun Fall Activities

It takes some courage . . .
Follow your dreams mamas !

~drawn by my mama, 1973
~drawn by my mama, 1973

Follow your dreams Mamas!

Mamas, don’t ever forget to keep following your dreams.
You’ll inspire your children to dream.

Keep practicing the things that bring you joy.
You’ll encourage your children to try too.

Keep asking yourself what you want to be when you grow up.
You will give your children a living example
to always keep growing
tall and true
with courage.

Wishing you a lovely Wednesday!   🙂


“The important thing
is not to stop questioning.
has its own reason for existing.
One cannot help but be in awe
when he contemplates the mysteries
of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.
It is enough
if one tries merely to comprehend
a little of this mystery every day.
Never lose a holy curiosity.”

‒ Albert Einstein


Native American Unit Study (American Girl Kaya)Welcome to Kaya’s World!  Native America  Unit Study

Welcome to 1764 !

Meet Kaya, her family, and her tribe, the Nez Perce.  Walk through the forests and streams and gallop across the fields on a beautiful Appaloosa.  Learn all about Native American families, their homes, the foods they enjoyed, their work, and their beautiful art through the eyes of a girl just about your age!  Go back in time and sit by a fire as you hear explorers Lewis and Clark tell of their adventures and amazing discoveries along the way!
History doesn’t have to be boring !
I hope you will really love this unit.
Don’t forget there are lots of fun projects (crafts, cooking, building, ect…) that you can do to learn even more about the Nez Perce and other Native American tribes !
Check out all the ideas throughout this unit and also on Kaya’s Pinterest Page .
You can find suggestions for some great books for extra reading and information
here —>   Kaya’s Extras Pinterest Page.
Have Fun !

*Native America Unit Study Core Reading-

*Week 1: “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”  
Introduction to Kaya & The Nez Perce

  1. You Tube Video intro to Kaya                                  (Meet Kaya)
  2. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 2-5           (Kaya’s World)
  3. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 6-7           (Horse People)
  4. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 44-45     (Friends & Enemies)
  5. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 20-21      (A Dangerous World)

* Week 2: “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”
A Day With Kaya

  1. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 12-13, p.24-25         (Family)
  2. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 26-31                          (Dress)
  3. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 8-11, p. 40-41         (Houses & Food)
  4. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 14-17, p. 34-35       (Work & Play)
  5. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 18-19, p. 32-33       (Art & Music)

* Week 3: “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”
Native American History:  People & Places

  1. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 47                          (Lewis & Clark)
  2. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 48-49                  (Henry & Eliza Spalding)
  3. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 50-51                  (The Nez Perce War)
  4. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 51 (inset)          (Chief Joseph)
  5. “Welcome to Kaya’s World 1764”- p. 52-55, p.58      (The Nez Perce Today)

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