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The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors… it’s fall!  Fall is a great time to explore the outdoors where you’ll find lots of learning opportunities for children. You can take your child on a nature walk to collect leaves and practice sorting. Sorting and classifying objects helps children notice how things are alike and different and develops reasoning skills.


After you’ve collected leaves on your nature walk, using different containers, have your child sort them by color, size and/or shape and talk about why leaves change in fall. As you observe the leaves ask your child questions such as:

  • Do all leaves look the same?
  • How are the leaves different?
  • Are there any features that all leaves have in common?