Fall Activities for Kids: Fall Felt Trees and Leaves

This invitation to play is one of our favorite fall activities for kids! All you need is some felt and your child’s imagination!

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 Encourage imaginative play with this fall felt tree play set! (Fall Activity for Kids Inspired by The Little Yellow Leaf)~ BuggyandBuddy.com

The kids really enjoyed playing with this easy to make fall invitation to play, and I especially love how this fall activity promotes creative play, language development, and fine motor skills!

What Are Invitations to Play?

Have you heard of invitations to create and play? Basically they are ways to ‘invite’ your child to make something or play in a very open-ended way. You set up play materials for your child and allow them to play with them however they choose. It’s as simple as that!

The best part is you can set these invitations up with materials you already have at home. There’s no need to go out and buy all new things.  For instance, you might place some play dough out on the table with some cookie cutters, sequins, and sticks. Or maybe there’s an old set of toy cars your child hasn’t played with in quite a while. You might set them out with some blocks to encourage creative play.  

I would highly encourage you to read more from these sites on creating invitations. I found their articles very inspiring and full of great information on what to consider when creating invitations and the many benefits for your child.

Creating Invitations to Play from The Imagination Tree

An Invitation to Play Tutorial from Teach Preschool

Setting Up a Reggio-Inspired Activity from An Everyday Story


 More about Invitations to Play

I love that the invitations are so open-ended and can work for various ages. I have a 2 year old and 5 year old, and both kids easily enjoy the same invitations in their own creative way. I often set up these invitations for the kids to do when Lucy gets home after school. It’s a great way for the kids to be together, but also allows them the freedom to create independently or play jointly if they choose. I find setting up invitations helps the kids to wind down and have some peaceful time after a busy day at school. 

I try to observe what my children are currently interested in throughout the day and set up hands-on invitations that builds on their curiosity. For example, I’ve been noticing Theo is very interested in stringing beads and lacing toys so I created a very simple fall themed stringing and lacing invitation.


Invitation to Play: Felt Tree and Leaves

Lucy has been SO anxious to get our our fall themed children’s books. One of  her favorites (and mine actually) is The Little Yellow Leaf. It’s such a cute story about friendship! The book inspired me to set up this invitation to play from felt.  (This post contains affiliate links. Thank you so much for your continued support!)

Fall Activity for Kids Using Felt


  • Felt Board
  • Felt trees and leaves (made with felt sheets and scissors)
  • Small container to hold leaves
  • Small figurines 
  • Small rake (made from sticks and straws)

The felt pieces were really easy to make. There’s no need to trace or make things perfect. I just sat and cut out the trees and leaves from felt while the kids were playing. 

I used brown felt to make two trees, and I used some fall colored felt to create lots of tiny leaves. I set the trees up on the felt board and placed a few leaves on them. I also scattered some leaves below the board to invite the kids to also bring their play off the felt board. The rest of the leaves were placed in a wooden bowl nearby.  

Encourage imaginative play with this fall felt tree play set! (Fall Activity for Kids Inspired by The Little Yellow Leaf)

I used some sticks and straws to create a little rake and broom. To make the rake, I cut off 2 pieces on a plastic straw (about 1.5 inches long). I taped the straw segments to a stick and then cut slits into the bottom of the straw segments. To make the broom, I collected some dried pine needles and taped them to a stick. Super easy! Next to the broom and rake I placed a couple animal figurines.

Encourage imaginative play with this fall felt tree play set! (Fall Activity for Kids Inspired by The Little Yellow Leaf)

 How My Kids Played

Theo, my 2 year old, mostly seemed to enjoy interacting with the felt leaves. He would knock all the leaves off the trees and then put them back on again. Lucy, my 5 year old, turned the invitation into a creative play scene. The rabbit and deer would rake the leaves and have discussions as they were tidying up their area. The next day I found Lucy using the same felt set to talk about some of our fall stories.

 Encourage imaginative play with this fall felt tree play set! (Fall Activity for Kids Inspired by The Little Yellow Leaf) 


If you are worried about chocking hazards, be sure to cut the felt leaves into large enough pieces for your child.

Modify this activity in any way you’d like! Maybe your child has been interested in apple trees lately so you may want to add some apples to your tree. You could put some little baskets below to collect the apples. Build on your child’s interests.

Use things you already have. We happened to have some wooden animals, but use whatever toy figures you have at home. There’s no need to go buy anything new. 

Other Fall Invitations to Play

Cinnamon Maple Salt Tray by My Nearest and Dearest

Simple Apple Sensory Bin by Fantastic Fun and Learning

Play Dough Pumpkin Patch Train Play by Play Trains!

Pom Pom Apple Picking by Twodaloo

 Encourage imaginative play with this fall felt tree play set! (Fall Activity for Kids Inspired by The Little Yellow Leaf)~ BuggyandBuddy.com

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  1. Chelsey, this is adorable! I’ve been wanting to make a new felt play set but just haven’t gotten around to it. I think this will be it though. The leaves are beginning to change color here and my son has already been collecting them. Plus he loves sweeping and raking. Yes – this would definitely be a hit here!

  2. I love this set up for a felt board! Simply perfect for autumn! I think I found my mommy project of the day to do.. 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness so very cute!!! Love this!! Thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to try this with my kiddos!

  4. This is adorable! I love that you are doing this as a group – I have been introduced to wonderful new-to-me blogs! My felt board has seen a lot of use in my Kindergarten classroom – I think it’s time for me to make a new one for my boys at home. This post was just the inspiration I needed to actually do it! I think … well – probably …. 😉

  5. Invitations to play sound like fun. I haven’t used them before, but I can see their application working for me in the future. I will definitely keep this technique in mind. Thank you for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop 🙂

  6. This looks like something my little ones would love. I think the little rake and broom are just adorable. Thanks for the idea!

  7. I think kids of all ages would enjoy this peaceful activity – thanks for sharing at After School!

  8. Super cute! I love the little rakes too! I’ll have to get some Fall colored felt stocked up.

    Thank you for sharing at our Pinning for Play link party!

  9. So gorgeous! Thanks for linking this post up to Tuesday Tots. I’m featuring it this week in a tree activities round up on Learn with Play at home. 🙂

  10. Looks fabulous!!! I’m featuring this week on my after school round up! Thanks for linking up!


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