Fall is the perfect time to play with leaves, whether they are real or fake. This year, we started with a simple leaf bin and have used it for a variety of activities. I’ve shared how to set up this bin below.


  • Leaves (real or fake)
  • Bin
  • Small rakes
  • Woodland animals
  • Pumpkins
  • Pinecones

Set up:

  1. Pick out a bin to use. You can pick a larger bin and allow your child to climb inside while playing or you can keep it smaller for a different experience. We took this bin on vacation with us so I opted for a smaller bin this time.
  2. Dump your leaves into the bin. These fake leaves came from Dollar Tree but you could also collect real leaves to use.
  3. Add a few extra items to extend the play. I included rakes and woodland creatures to encourage imaginative play. You can definitely include different items to spark different types of play.
  4. Set the bin out and encourage your child to have fun!

Check out my Instagram for even more activities involving leaves!