Autumn Leaf Colour Game

We have been outdoors on this lovely dry week, but haven’t ventured far from home.  Just a trip to the local DIY shop and spending time in the garden.  While the garden is full of plop plop plopping sounds of the acorns falling from the oak tree next door there are not too many other signs of to remind us that it is autumn.  I reckon that the autumn colours may be very late this year. My garden is still very green.  That is except for the virginia creeper, which creeps over rather invasively from next door.  This time of year it comes into its own and its autumn colours are just beautiful.


virginia creeper

Several years ago my son and I played a game matching shades of green from foliage in the garden to a green paint colour chart.  Before autumn is done and dusted this year I was determined to try the same game with shades of autumn.  So we picked up a couple of red paint colour charts including the very lovely Royal Mail Red (very topical!) to see what we could match.



The creeper has only just started to turn with mainly its tips and newer leaves moving away from being green.  I fully expected us to find just one or two matches.  However we managed, from just one plant, to get a pretty good match for all six colours on our swatch – pretty impressive.  Isn’t mother nature amazing and autumn has only just started.

shades of fall

We just hand held our leaves and swatches will picking and matching in the garden.  However if you are playing this game with younger children it may be easier to attach the swatches to a large piece of card and then use some double sided tape for placing the leaves next to the colours.


We were so inspired by our little game that we decided to have a go at our chilli plant.  Not quite the range of shades, but fun to match nevertheless.

As the trees begin to turn in the parks and garden these colour charts may well be an essential accompaniment to all of our walks.  We are off to Kew Gardens tomorrow and I  have already packed them in my handbag.







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13 Responses to Autumn Leaf Colour Game

  1. Coombe Mill - Fiona September 28, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

    What an inspired activity, sure to keep the children engaged and interested in nature. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • Lynda September 30, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

      Thank you – i’m at complete wonderment at nature – hoping some of this rubs off onto my son.

  2. Gillian Candler September 29, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    This is a great way to encourage close observation of nature, I love this idea.

    • Lynda September 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

      Thank you – makes us feel like an artist

  3. Karen Bell September 29, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    What a great idea, I might have to try that, thank you :)

    • Lynda September 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

      Please do have a g – its a source of limitless fun

  4. TheBoyandMe September 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    What an absolutely wonderful idea! I will be nipping to B&Q this week to get some of these and we’re definitely having a go at this type of play, thanks.

    Nipping over from the Outdoor Play Party.

    • Lynda September 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      Thank you – hope you have as much fun with them as we did.

  5. Rachel September 30, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    These colours are beautiful! What a lovely idea, thank you.

    • Lynda October 2, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting

  6. cara greenfield September 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    Such a lovely post found through Coombemill :) I will be trying this with my darlings for sure. Thank u for the arty inspiration :) @betseylovesx

    • Lynda October 2, 2013 at 10:54 am #

      Please do have go. Would love to see any photos.

  7. Jen October 3, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Amazing. Those colours are fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party.