Autumn Discoveries

Autumn Discoveries

There are so many discoveries for the children during autumn. Here are some of the opportunities we have enjoyed during this gorgeous season…

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Autumn Walk

What would we see?

Autumn walk from Rachel (",)

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Books

These are some of the books we have used…

A few autumn books shared by Rachel (",)

Sharing 'Tap the Magic Tree' - from Rachel (",)

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Autumn Collection

Autumn collection - from Rachel (",)

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Invitation to tell Autumn Stories 

Invitation to tell autumn stories from Rachel (",)

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Minibeast Small World Play

Minibeast small world play - from Rachel (",)

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Invitation to Weigh Autumn Treasures

Invitation to weigh autumn treasures from Rachel (",)

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Light Panel Play

Trees (inspired by ‘Tap the Magic Tree’)…

Trees on the light panel, inspired by 'Tap the Magic Tree' - from Rachel (",)

Skeleton leaves and autumn coloured buttons…

Skeleton leaves and autumn-coloured buttons in the light panel - from Rachel (",)

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Maths Fun

Counting Leaves

Actually coloured glass pebbles (buttons would do!)…

Counting autumn 'leaves' - from Rachel (",)

Sorting Tree Buttons

Sorting buttons - from Rachel (",)

Number Stories

Invitation to tell number stories - from Rachel (",)

 

Making up Games

Making up board games - from Rachel (",)

Counting and Number Recognition Work 

I made these printables a few years ago now. They are not very ‘snazzy’ (you can definitely tell they are homemade!), but you are welcome to have a copy if you like. Download for free below this photo…

FREE printable trees for counting and number recognition work from Rachel (",)

Download printable here: Numbered Trees from Rachel (“,)

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Exploring Pumpkins

Exploring pumpkins - from Rachel (",)

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Autumn Transient Art

Loose parts & frames…

Autumn transient art from Rachel (",)

Autumn transient art from Rachel (",)

Leaf Man Inspired…

Loose parts for Leaf Man inspired transient art - from Rachel (",)

Leaf Man inspired transient art - from Rachel (",)

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OHP Work

Sticks and skeleton leaves…

Sticks and skeleton leaves on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

Trees…

Trees on the overhead projector - from Rachel (",)

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Fine Motor Work

Tweezers, stones and egg-boxes…

Tweezers, stones and egg-boxes from Rachel (",)

Creating an Autumn Tree

Hole punching leaves & then hanging them on the tree…

Using fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination to hole-punch leaves and hang them on the tree... from Rachel (",)

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Creating an autumn tree with hole punched leaves - from Rachel (",)

Punching Leaf-Shaped Holes in Autumn Leaves

(This was actually much easier with a normal round punch!)

Punching holes in leaves - from Rachel (",)

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Autumn Dough

Autumn dough from Rachel (",)

Autumn dough from Rachel (",)

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Sensory Tray

Autumn leaves, petals and mini-beasts…

Autumn leaves, petals and minibeasts in the water tray - from Rachel (",)

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Leaves on Sticky Back Plastic

I did something similar to this about 15 years ago, although I have to say that it was a lot more successful then! At that time I was in Year One and we used PVA glue instead of sticky back plastic (and let them dry out for over a week). We enjoyed doing this, but I wish we’d ‘caught’ the leaves at their more colourful stage…

Autumn leaves on sticky back plastic - from Rachel (",)

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Hammering Golf Tees into Pumpkins

The old classic!

Hammering golf tees into pumpkins - from Rachel (",)

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Thanks for reading!

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Carrying pumpkins - from Rachel (",)

– Rachel (“,)

Autumn display from Rachel (",)

Invitation to mark make on leaf shaped paper...

Invitation to mark make on leaf shaped paper…

8 Comments

  1. Beautiful as always, Rachel! I am so inspired by you…I have recently introduced an OVP in my classroom and the children love exploring this new addition. I love your skeleton leaves. Where did you get them? Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity! Rosa

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    • Thanks for the gorgeous comment, Rosa!
      The coloured skeleton leaves were from Baker Ross (in the UK), but I’ve had the cream ones for years. I think they were from eBay. Craft shops sell them 🙂

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      • Thanks Rachel. I’ll try the crafts stores here in Canada.

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        • Good luck!

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  2. Rachel, I always look forward to reading your posts. This one is exquisite and gets me so inspired!

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    • Oh thank you so much, Carolyn! What a lovely comment! 🙂

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  3. Hi Rachel what an inspiring place for learning you create for your students – they are so luck! Could you please tell me how long do you keep these learning spaces before you change them? Is it student interest, curriculum based or different?

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    • Hi Melissa!
      Thanks for the lovely comment!
      Generally, the invitations stay out for a week, which keeps the engagement high. However, it does depend on the interest. If a particular invitation is proving very popular, it will stay out and be changed as interest wanes. Sometimes I need the space the activity was set up in, so I might move the resources into a tray, or onto a different table, so that they can still explore them.
      We are skills based and I don’t have set ‘topics’, I set up invitations based on interests, observing them play and the skills I want them to work on.
      Hope that helps!

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