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Friday, November 18, 2016

LEAF PLAY FOR KIDS WITH ALLERGIES OR HANDICAPS


One of the great experiences for very young children is watching the leaves turn colors. Then, when the leaves fall to the ground jumping in, rolling in, throwing them into the air. In my Books-in-Action Classes, I want to make sure that kids, even the ones with handicaps or severe allergies, have this experience. You can do the same thing at home. Find inexpensive bags of colored silk leaves, available anytime of year but mostly before Halloween or Thanksgiving, or on sale afterwords. Be sure to have adult rakes and kid plastic rakes on hand. Then, drop the leaves as if they were falling from a tree ot the sky. The more leaves the better. Let the kids roll in them. Pile them. Play in them. Get your munchkins to help you rake the leaves up or carry them into a big pile and jump in them.  After all play is done and the kids want to start over, help the kids rake and put them in a children's wheel barrow or whatever you'd like to put them in. Tschaikovsky's Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy or Waltz of the Snowflakes make great musical accompaniment for leaf play or just plain spinning and dancing.. It also helps to find books-fiction or non-fiction about fall and leaves.

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