Going on a leaf hunt in preschool

Going on a leaf hunt in preschool

We are spending this week and next week exploring leaves and pumpkins.  We have leaves falling down around our house by the bucketful right now so I am making sure my students get outside to explore them while we can. We started off circle time today by exploring the progression of leaves as they change colors…  I brought in some real leaves from my yard and set them out in order of how they change colors – from green to orange to red to brown…

Then each child was given a clipboard with a checklist of leaves they were to go outside and find…

I created the checklist on my computer – it is a simple set of four squares with different instructions of leaves to find – like “Find one small leaf” and “Find one large leaf”.

After the children found each leaf on their checklist, they brought them back over to me and set them on a piece of paper. Then they were off to find the next leaf on their checklist…

After the children finished gathering all their leaves and marking them off of their checklists, we then glued the checklist and the leaves to our paper. Not every child found every leaf on their check lists but every child LOVED the experience of looking for their leaves and having their own checklist on a clipboard.  They were all so intentional in their hunt for leaves…

Here is a little better look at the checklist I made  (To download the pdf – click here!) 

And here is a look at our fall leaf collages…

Available on Amazon


  • lexie Posted October 11, 2011 5:58 pm

    This is so cute! You wouldn’t be making this a printable would you? Pretty please 🙂

  • minimarta Posted October 11, 2011 6:16 pm

    Love this idea!!!! :)))

  • OneMommy Posted October 11, 2011 9:08 pm

    Cute activity! I bet they had fun doing it, too! My kids love doing scavenger hunts like that.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 12, 2011 12:15 am

    How can I say no to your very sweet request? I will add the checklist as a printable tomorrow Lexie!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 12, 2011 12:15 am

    Thank you:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 12, 2011 12:16 am

    They loved it! Anything outdoors is always fun for them but they really loved carrying around those clipboards!!

  • Jill Posted October 12, 2011 12:36 pm

    This looks perfect, I have been looking for a good scavenger hunt for my kids. I am looking forward to printing it when it is a printable- thank you!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 12, 2011 1:57 pm

    I have now added the printable in the post:)

  • Vicki Blacken Posted October 12, 2011 4:28 pm

    What a fun way to combine a leaf hunt with the special, grown up experience of using a check list and clipboard. I’ll bet they all told their families all about leaves that evening. It looks like you had a beautiful, sunny fall day too! Thanks so much for sharing your cute check list with the rest of us.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 12, 2011 9:22 pm

    You are very welcome:)

  • lexie Posted October 13, 2011 6:38 pm

    Thanks! Your website really helped me through my first year teaching. I’m so glad I found you!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 13, 2011 10:46 pm

    That is so nice to hear Lexie!

  • Lindsey Posted October 31, 2011 7:19 pm

    This is such a great lesson. I’m using this and your leaf puppets for part of my lessons this week. Thanks for including the PDF of the checklist, that helps a ton!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted November 1, 2011 12:31 am

    You are welcome:)

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *