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
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 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.