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 (with many updates in 2017)
Free Montessori Botany 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)
Activity of the Week – Classifying Leaves
Free Leaf Printables and Montessori-Inspired Fall Leaf Activties (2015)
You’ll find Montessori-inspired leaf activities of all kinds (autumn or any season) in my ultimate guide to Montessori-inspired leaf resources and activities (2017).
Montessori-Inspired Autumn Leaf Posts and Materials
Montessori Print Shop has a number of leaf materials available for purchase.
Montessori for Everyone has a number of leaf materials available for purchase.
Every Star Is Different has parts of a leaf in a post about Montessori-inspired plant activities with free printables.
The Pinay Homeschool has a leaf shapes study.
Imagine Our Life has an autumn leaves quiet book and homeschool unit.
Trillium Montessori has activities for learning about leaves plus parts of a leaf (subscriber freebie).
Wildflower Ramblings has a post with leaf identification cards (free to subscribers)
Natural Beach Living has a roundup with lots of leaf activities.
The Natural Homeschool has a roundup of fall leaf activities.
Discovery Days and Montessori Moments has Leaf Transferring.
Mama’s Happy Hive has a Montessori-inspired leaf unit.
Gift of Curiosity has a chromatography experiment for fall.
Welcome to Mommyhood has leaf sorting.
Wings, Worms, and Wonder has leaf nature journals.
Olives and Pickles (photo) and Noor Janan Homeschool have autumn button trees.
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.
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.
Barefoot in Suburbia has a number of autumn leaf activities, including leaf matching. (Photo from Montessori Monday.)
Homeschool Escapade has a lesson about why leaves change color along with other Montessori-inspired leaf activities.
Leptir has Autumn Leaves – Pairing using a free leaf matching printable from PreKinders as well as other autumn leaf activities in a post on Plants and Garden.
Lesson Plans to Pots and Pans has many autumn activities, including a number of autumn leaf activity trays.
Dirigo Montessori School has autumn trees 1-10 and autumn leaf ordering and hanging on the line, autumn leaf pin pushing and leaf button stringing, and autumn leaf watercolor painting.
Montessori Spanish has a Leaf Study.
Work and Play, Day by Day has Leaf Works.
Our Montessori Story has a number of leaf activities in A Fall Poem and More Fun with Fall Leaves.
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.
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Even before we started homeschooling, fall leaves were the first Montessori inspired activity we did at home with my then preschoolers who are now in 1st & 3rd grade! I’ve come a long way since then!
Thanks so much for your comment and link, Heidi! I love that you combined collecting fall leaves with some great Montessori-inspired activities. I added your link to my post and the Key to Leaves link (wonderful resource) from your post to my Pinterest board!
Wonderful fall activities as always! Sorry I have not been by and a while. My oldest started Kindergarten this year and my youngest pre-school. We just made the most of our summer as the school years are upon us and now I’m finding myself even more busy now that they are school. I love being an involved parent and with two at two different schools I’m always on the run!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Michelle! It sounds like you are definitely busy. But how wonderful that you’re such an involved parent! Have an awesome school year! 🙂
Great ideas! Raking leaves…why didn’t I ever think of that??? I bet my boys would LOVE it. They love sweeping and mopping so why not! 🙂
Thanks, Lori! Raking leaves is definitely a popular activity with preschoolers! Barefoot in Suburbia’s variation is really fun, too! 🙂
I will get the kids some rubber gloves and leave them to it this autumn! Peace at last (or not!)
LOL, Lessa! Little ones definitely can help out, though! 🙂
Little Wonders' Days says
I love your blog, Deb. You have the best theme units and it makes it simple to pull these activities together at home. Great resource!
Thanks so much for your kind comment! I’m so glad my unit study posts are helpful! 🙂
JDaniel4's Mom says
I just pinned this unit! I really love how it gives wonderful ways to learn about leaves.
Thanks so much! I’ve had lots of fun finding these resources. And I’ve added a lot to my Pinterest board already! 🙂
Jessie, The Education of Ours says
I love this post! Now I’m full of ideas for school this month 😉 You are fantastic, Deb!
Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Jessie! I always love your posts, too! 🙂
Crystal & Co says
Love this! You really gather a lot of information for your readers.
This was one of the top clicked ideas shared last week. You’ve been featured.
Thanks so much, Crystal! How exciting that my post was one of the top clicked ideas among so many awesome ideas! 🙂
Our Country Road says
This post makes me really want the leaf cabinet! Someday I hope :).
Thanks for your comment, Lisa! The leaf cabinet is a beautiful material, but it doesn’t tend to get used a lot in most Montessori schools. It’s nice that there are alternatives you can use for homeschools that work well, too. I love that you can do a lot with felt puzzles and with cards as in the post from Maybe Montessori: http://maybemontessori.blogspot.com/2010/06/botany-share.html
Carolyn Wilhelm says
Pinned and shared on my blog! Thanks for these inspiring and easy to follow ideas for teachers. It is so nice how the activities are presented for the children. Thanks!