How Long Am I? Measuring With Leaves
Welcome to another Early Childhood Education Wednesday post, where a team of homeschooling and educational bloggers share free hands-on learning activities for you to try. Last week’s theme was Numbers 0-5, this week’s theme is Fall STEM. (If you are looking to find out more about what STEM is )
I had this great idea that we would measure things around the house after a nice trip to the library for a fall read and a walk with our baskets to collect leaves.
Reality: Woke up looking a hot mess, the severe asthmatic kid couldn’t breath, the 2-year-old has been having crazy crying fits, there is dog hair everywhere and it’s making my allergies not respond well to antihistamines and I got a sick kid who can’t make it to school. So the library trip was a no go.
My girls were still up for a project (That’s what they call the lessons we do). It just so happens that I ran to our Dollar General a couple of days ago looking for some fall decor. Leaves were a part of this purchase.
- Leaves (real or fake)
- Objects to measure
- Sort leaves by size, color, type
- Once all the leaves are sorted find an object to measure the length with the leaves.
How we played:
Once we sorted all the leaves we then took a stuffed animal and measured it using the bigger leaves and slowly working our way through all the sorted leaves. We did this activity three days in a row measuring different items from around the house and they even measured each other.
This was a hit activity for my girls because it was able to carry over into the next week and in my book that’s a win.
I set this activity up because my four-year-old has been using a ruler a lot lately and she just recently started to ask how tall and wide things are. And while she can read numbers I think at her age finding non-standard items to measure with can be pretty cool and win me the cool mom of the year award.
How Many Leaves Am I Book.
- Copy paper
- Color pencils
- Needle and thread
- Construction paper
- Paint and paintbrush
- Fall Leaves Printable
- Bind book (All About Me) the construction paper is used as a book cover and is added last
- Have the child cut and glue one image per page
- Using the Leaves ruler that comes with the printable have them measure how many leaves long an item is. They can even take some beads and see how many beads can fit on the image.
- Once the above activity and the cutout items have all been added and measured then have the child paint the construction paper a picture to represent their weeks learning. My 4-year-old made leaves on hers in Fall colors.
- Take the painting and cut it to fit the book, front and back
- Sew it to the book insert
- Take the last page of the completed book and glue it down to the construction paper.
We complete our books by Friday and I leave their books out during the weekend for them to explore and from there I can see if we can add to it or leave it be.
To make this a STEM project I let my 4-year-old take some photos of them working. We used our Selfie Stick from the Ultimate Selfie Stick Kit that I got from Parragon Books. She liked how easy it was to take a photo without her hand in the way. (They are not just for phones, you can hook your camera to it. Perfect for a young child) What do yo think about her photo right above?
I put together a little playlist for us to listen to while we explored during the week. This week they didn’t have a real favorite, they seemed to like them all equally and danced with them all just about the same. All of these songs were easy for my two-year-old to pick up the lyrics and movements to the first time hearing.
Clipart by Fun Classroom Creations
Looking for more Fall Activities?
Learning Letters with Fall Leaves Ramp Activity by Mom Inspired Life