Fall is in the air! The leaves are changing colors and it’s time to break out the autumn activities. Here is a beginning sounds activity that pairs beautifully with Lois Ehlert’s book, Leaf Man. It’s this week’s Virtual Book Club for Kids featured book.
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The Book: Leaf Man
Lois Ehlert is one of my favorite authors for young children. We have enjoyed so many of her books full of wonderful collage illustrations. Leaf Man is a great fall read especially when you pair it with the activity below.
The Activity: Leaf Sticker Tree
Materials Needed: foam leaf stickers, permanent marker, and the picture tree (see below)
Purpose: Kids will identify the beginning sounds in words and then match the sounds to the letters.
- Print a copy of the picture tree. See the free printable below.
- On foam leaf stickers write the following letters: m, k, s, l, t, a, y, d, b, r, h, p, u, w, and z with a permanent marker.
- Show the child the tree and name each picture with her.
- Lay out the letter leaves and identify each letter with the child.
- Ask the child to pick one leaf and find the picture that begins with the same sound the letter represents.
- Place the sticker on top of the picture and repeat.
- When all pictures have been covered, the tree will be filled with fall leaves.
This activity is a fun way to help kids connect letters with sounds.
Get your FREE picture tree to use with the activity.
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