We always enjoyed filling one of the trays with leaf litter collected on a walk. After free play - we also provided bug boxes, magnifying glasses, a camera and lots of paper on clipboards- we returned any minibeasts outside to hibernate. We then used our senses, with the exception of taste to describe the leaves. For sight we obviously got lots of colour words. Then we provided cut out leaf shapes [we were lucky in having those leaf threading templates which we could draw around and rub] the children 'wrote' the words. These were displayed as mobiles and on the topic/investigative table/display board. mixed media collages [leaves real and paper; cellophane, sugar, crepe, card, foils etc] leaf prints paint around edges of leaves in autumn colours to give outline drawings Number rhyme "5 little leaves so bright and gay, were dancing about on a tree 1 day. The wind came blowing through the town [cup your hands and say whoo, whoo, hoo, they love this] and 1 little leaf came tumbling down". [grit your teeth and go for it,I've never had an totally adverse reaction to the word gay in reception or nursery, and if anyone comments I just say it's another word for happy!] apple prints [you can use the language of half/quarter for maths as well as oubserving the pips and counting pips too. Do all apples have the same number? observational drawings of minbeasts, leaves, fruits and nuts [as long as no one has an allergy] photographs taken of minibeasts, trees, fruits, nuts Photographs are useful if you focus on one tree/border/area and take a phtograph in each of the seasons because it really helps children understand the passage of time, and the cycle of change squirrels owls spiders the webs and spiders are especially amazing this year bones and hansel and gretel nearer to end of October hope this helps!