fall leaf puzzlesMost of the leaves on our trees have turned pretty shades of red, yellow, and orange have yours? With Fall in full swing I wanted to use these exciting changes as a way to spark some interest in nature and math. When children are in the middle grades they fret over fractions but if you start young and introduce fractions in a playful way it won’t be as intimidating later on.

What You Will Need

fall leaf puzzles supplies
  • leaves of all different colors
  • contact paper
  • scissors

How To Make The Puzzles

    • Make sure there is no moisture on the leaves by blotting them between paper towels.
    • Carefully cut each leaf in two.
    • Lay a piece of contact paper sticky side up on your table.
fall leaf puzzles how to make
    • Lay the leaves down on it leaving a space between the two halves of each leaf.
    • Press a 2nd sheet of contact paper on top.
fall leaf puzzles for preschool
    • Cut the leaves out.
fall leaf puzzles teach fractions

How To Use The Puzzles

  • Place the puzzle pieces in a tray or on a table and match one up as an example.
  • Ask your child to come over and “fix these leaves”. Ask them if they can find the other half. The leaves have all been cut into 2 halves and you need to make it whole again. Using the proper terminology goes a long way to create a good foundation for understanding.

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About Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald

Allison McDonald is a former preschool teacher and director who started her popular early education blog No Time For Flash Cards as a way to keep one foot in her professional life while knee deep in motherhood. Learning should be fun and it's Allison's goal to help all parents be able to add a little fun and learning to their child's day. Allison lives in a yellow farmhouse outside of Seattle with her two kids and husband.

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