We absolutely love any opportunity we can get to bring the learning outdoors. Especially when it comes time for fall. There is really nothing prettier than the leaves turning colors. And it provides for a great opportunity to have a nature based color matching game.
Plus? Who doesn’t love the chance to go get paint chips!
Supplies Needed for Fall Nature Color Matching
- assorted paint swatches (in Fall colors of course)
- wooden clothespins
- assorted fall leaves and other nature samples
- sandwich baggies
How to do the fall nature color matching
You first step for this? Get outside and get into nature. Go on a nature walk and look for signs of fall. Things like:
- Cooler temperatures
- Changing leaves
- Animals preparing to hibernate
As you go on this walk, start collecting leaves and other nature samples. Look for a wide variety of colors so you can truly showcase the beauty and variety of nature.
Place your nature samples in the sandwich bags so you can preserve them for later. Then, when you return home, it’s time to look at your samples.
Talk about things like:
For some children, this also presents a great time to start talking about the type of leaves that they’ve collected.
Now, take a look at the colors on the paint swatches. Talk about which ones match the samples that you’ve collected and then using the clothespins, attach the matching samples.
Continue until you’ve matched all of your collected samples.
How to incorporate math into this activity
In addition to using this activity for sensory, fine motor, and nature play; you can also use this activity for math skills.
- Counting (based on color, shape, or texture)
- Sorting (based on color, shape, size, or texture)
You can also use these leaves for a sensory filler in a sensory bin. Just be mindful that if some of your leaves are damp; you’ll want to check in a few days to make sure that they haven’t gotten too moldy or rotten.