Autumn Leaf Threading


Mila and I have loved watching the beautiful trees around our house change colour from green to yellow, then to many pretty shades of red. Here is a creative invitation to play that gives the opportunity to practise the fine motor skills of punching out shapes and threading.

You will need:

  • Play-dough
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • A hole punch


We had fun punching out pretty stars in our leaves. Mila loved sticking these onto the play-dough but they would also look really pretty if you glued them onto a picture.

Through this play Mila was working on developing her fine motor control. It took a lot of concentration and perseverance to carefully thread the leaves onto the twigs. As she explored we talked about colours, size, shape and textures of the leaves as well as counting them and singing ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ many times! There is so much learning that can take place through simple activities like this.

Setting up an invitation to play doesn’t have to be complicated and it is always lots of fun to share this special uninterrupted time together. What better way to spend an afternoon than happily playing and exploring with my best little friend.



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