We started our morning by listening to the stories, Leaf Man and Look What I DId with a Leaf.
After we did this we went on a leaf hunt!
As we collected the leaves we looked at their different properties. We looked at their shapes, colours and types of lines. We saw that some of the leaves had jagged edges and some were curvy. After we had collected our leaves we sorted them. I arranged them in piles and asked the kids how they thought I had sorted them (by colour, size or shape.) After we did this we made patterns with the leaves. I talked to them about a pattern core again, which is the smallest part of the pattern that repeats again and again.
After we played with leaves we started making our leaf creatures. The kids had so much fun making different animals. As they played they noticed the different parts of the leaves. They asked why the leaves had bumps on them. I explained the veins of the leaves carried water and nutrients throught the plant. We then watched a science video about leaves on SciShow kids. It had a great experiment to show how the veins carry water through the plant using celery.
Following a child's interest is the most engaging way to extend on their learning. Here I have posted some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.