Especially in the fall, trees are ablaze with glorious leaves in all sorts of shapes. With luck, your first grader will have chances to roll in leaf piles and toss them around—old-fashioned pleasures of the season.
Want to take it all a step further? Here's an activity that combines science with reading and art to create an attractive holiday gift for a faraway relative. So send your child out into the world to bring nature home…and into the world, too, with gifts you share.