3 New Leaf Play Ideas

Fall in Minnesota means piles of crunchy leaves all around.  This year we have gotten lucky with an incredibly long and warm fall, so here are a few more play ideas to keep the kids busy.  Leaves make for many great activities, including motor and sensory play.  Here are 3 new ideas for you to try:

1. Make leaf people.

Find a great leaf, glue it to paper, add googly eyes and draw in hands and feet.  This is great for fine motor skills, sequencing tasks, visual processing skills, and body awareness.  Tah dah!leaf play

2.  String of leaves.

Collect colorful leaves and hole punch the, then string them up and decorate outside.  Using a hole punch build hand strength while stringing the leaves works on fine motor and visual-motor coordination skills.leaf play

3.  Make a leaf angel.

Lay down, open/close arms and legs.  Great for sensory exploration of grass and leaves, as well as bilateral coordination with arms and legs (using two sides of the body together).leaf play


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Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.  www.paigehays.net