This amazing and helpful leaf writing activity for kids is a guest post from my bloggy friend Cassidy over at Freshly Planted and I encourage you to go follow her blog……I especially love her Waldorf-inspired weekly lesson updates. You can also see her beautiful day to day life on Instagram – think nature study, creative art projects, and beautiful chalkboard lessons among other things! Thanks for sharing with us here, Cassidy!
Helpful Leaf Writing Activity for Active Kids
Nature Writing Activity for Reluctant Writers
As our days grow shorter, the fine line between inside our house & the world outside blurs. Our children’s shoes come inside with dirt falling off on the floors, their clothes smelling of pine sap from recently scaled trees. While school time is important, they’d often prefer climbing a tree or dragging large branches around the woods to assemble more stick teepees. I don’t blame them. As our neighbors heat up their wood furnaces everything smells like fall.
Like the geese practicing formations in the sky, they need to exercise their wings before coming inside to nest for the winter.
Flying is an important skill for children to have, as is writing. Just as it takes many synchronized muscles for a goose to fly, it takes a child many muscles in a hand to write. While the majority of curricula focus on getting children writing & reading as early as possible, Waldorf sees the value in waiting to fine-tune a young child’s motor skills so they can focus on large movement play instead. Since our son is constant movement, we’ve really appreciated this. While he’s warming up to writing, he would much rather be building blocks or poking his sisters when we’re not looking.
He craves play, and needs movement.
Playful Writing Exercises
So we sculpt letters out of playdough together, assemble letter blocks into words, and cut letters out of magazines to paste into books. We’ve also discovered writing trays. They include writing, without losing play. This is valuable for all students- especially reluctant ones. Their space also allows for unrestricted arm movement, and they’re easily adjusted to younger & older learners (imperative in a multi-age homeschool setting like ours).
We created this writing tray to incorporate the nature our kids love so much.
Leaf Writing Tray Assembly
- On a large tray spread about ½” of fine dirt on the bottom
- Gather leaves and write sight words (or below variations) with a permanent marker
- Find the perfect stick and have child practice writing
- Shake the tray gently between words, or rub over lightly with hand
Now the dirt’s off my floor and into my schoolroom! And we couldn’t be happier.
Cassidy Sevier is a former classroom teacher who now homeschools three active kids. She blogs their homeschooling & creative adventures at Freshly Planted. She loves to create activities, adventure in the woods with her kids, and sneak dark chocolate when no one’s looking. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.