Homes in California tend to have small yards, but we are really lucky to have a large park in our neighborhood! Each time we go, my daughter collect leaves to bring home. She likes comparing different shapes and colors of leaves and making leaf bouquets!
Last year, 叶子 (yèzi / leaf) was one of the first characters that my daughter learned to read. With the leaves she collected, we used our laminated block character template to fill in the character. She did a good job fitting the leaves within the lines!
What you need:
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- Block character template (free download in simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese)
- Laminator (recommended for repeat use/spaced repetition)
- Laminating pouches
- Printer paper (I used green to represent trees)
Then it got pretty messy when she ripped the leaves into smaller pieces, but eventually fit pieces within the 叶 character .
We actually did this activity a few months ago and saved the leaves. When we just repeated it with the laminated block character, the leaves were practically in the same condition!
This year, when we rediscovered the preserved leaves, my daughter had fun repeating this sensory activity and forming the 叶 character. Then, she drew 秋天 (qiūtiān / autumn day) and had fun gluing the leaves to the tree.
These are really simple ways to create with nature and use fine motor skills while reinforcing important Chinese words about autumn!
If you try this Fall Leaves activity, let us know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a photo #ChalkAcademy on Instagram and Facebook. Happy learning, friends!