We are using the felt leaves in the leaf-shaped basket to do the following activity during group time.
To introduce this activity, I first sang the following song to the children.
Tune: "Did You Ever See a Lassie?"
"Did you ever see a tree, a tree, a tree? Did you ever see a tree? A tree in the fall.
There are red leaves and yellow leaves and orange leaves and brown leaves. Did you ever see a tree? A tree in the fall.
Did you ever see the wind blow, the wind blow, the wind blow? Did you ever see the wind blow a tree in the fall?
The (red) leaves all fall down; they swirl down to the ground. Did you ever see the wind blow a tree in the fall?"
(Repeat for different colors of leaves.)
After introducing the song, I passed the basket around the circle. Each child chose one leaf to keep and then passed the basket to the next child. This is really good practice for them and doesn't necessarily come easily to young children. After everyone had a leaf, we talked about the different colors of leaves. Then we all stood up. I told them we were pretending to be trees, standing strong and straight. We held our leaf up high above our heads; our arms were the branches. We then sang the song. The children held onto their leaves until we sang about their color; then they let their leaf "swirl" to the ground. During the "wind blow" verse, we swayed slightly, still holding our leaves, to show how the wind was blowing the trees. This was a fun way to sing in the new season and practice our colors.