The Leaf Man book and activity in Kindergarten

The kindergarten class enjoyed reading the Leaf Man book by Lois Ehlert and discovering all the different leaf characters in the book.

After reading this book, the children followed up the book by creating their own leaf characters.

The teacher had some paper leaves that were bright and colorful for the children to choose from for their creations. I am not sure where she got the leaves from but the activity might also work well by collecting real leaves if you have them in your area.

This activity reminded me of a friend on Facebook who has started a leaf exchange. I hadn’t really thought about how there are other areas where they do not experience a season of Fall like we do here in Indiana.

For the leaf exchange, the participants actually gather a set of leaves from their hometown, preserve them in some way, label and catagorize them, and then send them by snail mail to another person in the group.

There is so much potential with an activity like this. A class can read the Leaf Man book, create their own leaf man characters, and then bring leaves from home to share, classify, and compare.

After the children created their leaf characters, we went back to the book to do a little comparison of their leaves with some that were in the book.

One little boy enjoyed the book so much that he asked me to sit with him and read it again. He was so inspired by the pictures that he inspired me!

If you don’t have this book in your class, then let me recommend it to you!

Check out this simple activity for classifying leaves by Two Little Seeds!

Learn how to preserve leaves with this article by Gingerbread Snowflakes!

By |2010-09-26T20:00:47+00:00September 26th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Chris September 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    A great fall border is the use of actual leaves that the children bring from home or that you collect at your facility. I laid out packing tape in strips and the children placed their collections on the sticky side. I then stapled the tape to the bulletin board. As time passes they will become brittle but it is an ongoing observation not to mention the aesthetic beauty. The leaf creations would be a great bulletin board display.

  2. abbie September 26, 2010 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    We love that book. The leaf exchange sounds great. What a creative idea.

  3. ELIZABETH September 27, 2010 at 10:25 am - Reply

    When my husband moved from Ontario to Alberta 17 years ago, he was experiencing a void every autumn as the trees were so much different in variety in Ontario than here in Alberta. He would describe the colours as if the forest were a sunset on fire. 13 years ago, in the fall, we traveled back to his home town and then and only then I ‘got it’! It was an incredible site! I have lived in Alberta all my life with the exception of 5 years in BC, and it is a real nature treat to explore and discover varieties of trees that Alberta would never see!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • ELIZABETH September 27, 2010 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Oh…and I love the leaf exchange, I will have to research that one!

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