I’ve had fun bringing learning into more of our nature crafting lately. Although my girls are fairly good with shapes, I decided it was a good idea to continue shape recognition activities with them. This activity was simple to set up and they really enjoyed it.
The twins mainly moved the shapes around the paper but Miss L created some amazing scenes with just a few leaves cut up into shapes.
It’s so simple to set up this little play station for them one afternoon after school. Just have it ready for them and see what they create.
- hole punches optional (affiliate)
- glue (optional)
- white recycled paper
How to set up leaf shape play:
All you have to do is cut up a heap of leaves into different shapes. We cut ours into shapes of different sizes too.
I cut most of the shapes from leaves by hand but I was sneaky and used our circle punches (affiliate) to cut up both small and medium sized circles for the container.
Once you’ve cut up all the shapes, put them all in a container in the middle of the table and let your children move the shapes around on a blank piece of paper. It’s leaf shape play time!
As an extension, you can add a glue stick and scissors to the table and let them cut up the shapes, and glue them on to their piece of paper too.
Here’s a few leaf shapes to try
Leaf shapes made into a caterpillar
Flower made form leaf shapes
Leaf shape city
You’ll just love this leaf shape play activity. It doesn’t take much to prepare and leaves -pun intended- no mess. Well, if you play with it outdoors you just push it onto the ground, so technically there’s no mess. I use a blower!
Best of all they’ll build their knowledge of shapes through the whole activity. It’s a perfect way of bringing shape play back into your learning.