Indoors or out, all you really need for this activity is the printable and some markers. You can download a free copy for your own personal use here. You can also make these cards reusable. Just cut apart the leaf bingo game cards and laminate to create a dry-erase surface you can use again and again.
Print page one of the printable. Grab your game cards, markers, and a clipboard then head outside to search and play. Our trees are in the beginning stages of losing their leaves so it really was a search! When you find a leaf that matches a spot on the card, use your marker to circle it. My son took one of each color so he could match the markers to the leaves he found.
Ways to Play:
- Color– Try to get a bingo by finding the leaves by color alone. This is a great activity for younger kids to practice color recognition. For the most colorful leaves, wait until the trees are in the peak of dropping their leaves. To make this more difficult, do this activity in the beginning when the falling leaves aren’t plentiful, or towards the end of fall when most of the leaves are brown. In fact, you could do it three times this fall and really get in touch with the rhythm of the season!
- Shape– Searching for the different leaf shapes is a great matching activity for any age, but it can also be a great way for older kids to learn about the different types of trees as well. As they find a new leaf shape, ask them to make observations about the other characteristics of the tree they believe it came from. Can they spot a tree nearby that appears to be different? Would that be a good spot to look for a similar or different leaf?
- Fill the page– Instead of just going for one row, try to fill the whole card with different leaves. But don’t get them all from the same spot!
*A Tip for Added Fun- Bring a ziploc bag or a basket to save some of the most beautiful leaves. Take them home, press them, and use them for fun fall crafts.
There are days when getting outside just isn’t an option for one reason or another, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a bit of fall fun. Print both pages of the printable and play indoors instead! Hold up a picture of a leaf from the second page at random and let your kids mark it on their cards. You can print multiple copies of the second page and put them all in a bowl to choose at random, or just print one and mix things up on your own.
Whether you play indoors or out, yelling out “BINGO” is sure to bring a smile to your child’s face.
*A Tip for Added Learning- Print multiple copies of the second page of the printable and practice pattern making. Or turn them all face down and play a game of memory!
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