An autumn leaf is a wonder of nature for children and adults alike. To celebrate that wonder, why not have an autumn leaf unit study?!
There are some amazing resources available online. I’ll be linking to Montessori-inspired resources here and adding a link to my Autumn Leaf Unit Study board on Pinterest with links to resources of all types and for a wide range of ages. Some of the resources will be about leaves during any season but will obviously still be appropriate for a unit study on autumn leaves.
Montessori-Inspired Leaf Resources
Free Montessori Materials for a Gardening Unit (has links to many free Montessori leaf materials)
Where to Buy Montessori Materials (if you’re interested in purchasing traditional Montessori materials such as the Montessori botany cabinet – not essential for homeschools)
Activity of the Week – Raking Leaves Indoors (Practical Life)
Posts and Materials from around the Blogosphere
Montessori Print Shop has a number of leaf materials available for purchase.
Montessori for Everyone has a number of leaf materials available for purchase.
Maybe Montessori has a free printable for making leaf cards and a felt leaf puzzle (tree and flower templates, too).
Discovery Days and Montessori Moments has Leaf Transferring (photo at top of post).
The Adventures of Bear has a leaf button snake (photo), fall sensory box, and sorting leaves activity.
1+1+1=1 has a Fall Sensory Bin along with many fall printables that can be used to prepare Montessori-inspired activity trays.
Train Up a Child has Montessori-inspired Ll is for leaf activities.
My Confessions of a Montessori Mom Blog has 7 Fun Fall Montessori Leaf Activities and Autumn Blog Hop.
Jessie from The Education of Ours has a pin punching Botany Cabinet Extension at Mommy Moment. UPDATE: Even though Montessori schools and homeschools have been using push pins for pin punching for years, I think it’s time to change. Please read this sad post and consider an alternative to push pins, such as Montessori Services’ wood handled puncher.
My Montessori Journey has Signs of Fall (in the Classroom), The Giving Tree (for needed classroom supplies), Leaf Practical Life Activities, Leaf Stringing, October Poem, Leaf Number Sequencing, Leaf Number Sequencing Extension, Leaf Counting Activity, Fall Tree Dice Game, Leaf Spirals, Leaf Rubbings, Fall Tree Activity, Watercolor Leaves, and WAY Cute Fall Tree Craft.
Homeschool Escapade has a lesson about why leaves change color along with other Montessori-inspired leaf activities.
Lesson Plans to Pots and Pans has many autumn activities, including a number of autumn leaf activity trays.
Montessori Spanish has a Leaf Study.
Work and Play, Day by Day has Leaf Works.
Carolyn Marie Choo at Suite 101 has sensorial experiences with grading leaf colors in a post on Preparing the Young Child for Colour Grading: Moving From Montessori Colour Box 2 to Colour Box 3 (For links to resources for making your own color tablets, see my post: DIY Color Tablets.)
Montessori Muddle has a middle school science activity: Osmosis under the Microscope.
More Ideas for an Autumn Leaf Unit Study on Pinterest
On Pinterest, I have more resources for an autumn leaf unit study for a number of age levels. The resources aren’t all Montessori resources, but there are many wonderful ideas to choose from to fit into an autumn leaf unit.
I’ll be adding to my post and autumn leaves Pinterest board as I find more autumn leaf activities online this fall, so be sure to check back for new activities!
Linked with The Mommy Club Resources and Solutions at Milk and Cuddles and Crystal & Co. , Pinterest Tuesday, Show-and-Share Saturday, Link & Learn, The Sunday Showcase at Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas and Classified: Mom, Autumn-4-Mommy Linkie at Rainbows Within Reach, One Artsy Mama, Mommy Moment, All Year Round Blog Carnival: Autumn, and Autumn Blog Hop.