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Raking Leaves Pretend Play

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One of our favorite children's books to read in Autumn is Fall Leaves Fall! It's a colorful little book about two brothers enjoying leaves in the fall and all of their Autumn adventures--raking leaves, jumping in leaf piles, making leaf art, and more. As we were reading, Asher had some questions about what the characters were doing with the leaves. Unfortunately, our leaves hadn't started changing colors and falling yet! To help give Asher a better understanding of raking leaves, I set up a raking leaves pretend play activity for him. We'll take this outside when we can, but for now, raking in the living room will have to do!

Raking Leaves Pretend Play and gross motor activity inspired by the book, Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall.

Raking Leaves Pretend Play

Using a packet of fake leaves from the Dollar Tree and a kid's toy rake, Asher pretended to rake leaves in our living room. When the leaves were all raked into a pile, he counted to three and jumped onto the pile of leaves. While the sounds and smells of raking leaves were missing, Asher did get a chance to experience the gross motor movements involved in raking a pile of leaves.

Raking leaves is a good activity to help kids in motor planning and proprioception. While watching Asher rake, his movements looked awkward to me. We will continue this activity a few more times to practice and see if his movements become more fluid and less robotic.

Raking Leaves pretend play and gross motor activity

Raking Leaves Pretend Play Materials

We own and love the Toysmith Kid's Metal Leaf Rake With Hardwood Handle. Since we love to add a book to most of our activities, we used Fall Leaves Fall! as our inspiration story. Our fake leaves were purchased at the Dollar Tree.

 Toysmith 27-Inch Kid's Metal Leaf Rake with Hardwood Handle Fall Leaves Fall! 120 Artificial Fall Maple Leaves


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Helen Neale (@KiddyCharts)

Friday 3rd of October 2014

This is a great, but really simple idea - wonderful. Thanks so much for linking up to the parenting pin it party xx


Thursday 2nd of October 2014

How very sweet.


Thursday 2nd of October 2014

Love it - and great practice for raking real leaves! ;)


Wednesday 1st of October 2014

How cute!! Thanks for sharing this idea! I'll bet my girls would love it! Now I'll just have to get the rake (that's sat outside since last fall) cleaned up enough that I'd want it in my house. ;)

Kate Williams

Wednesday 1st of October 2014

This is such a cute idea! Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials