Math in Our World: Colorful Dancing Leaves

One orange pumpkin rolls along a wooden fence. A bunch of leaves blow in the wind. They are all the same size and shape. Some leaves are yellow. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. That's the same number as orange leaves. We count 3 brown leaves and 3 red leaves. 1, 2, 3, 4--4 green leaves.

What do you notice? What do you see in this picture? Share your ideas with a friend or family member.

Here’s a math puzzle for you: In autumn, some leaves change colors and fall from the trees. The leaves can be many different colors. What is your favorite color leaf in this picture? How many leaves of each color are in this picture? I wonder if there are more yellow leaves than any other color. Can you help me sort these leaves?

How can we sort the leaves?

  • Can you find something around your house to help you with this puzzle?
  • Can you draw a picture to show how you would sort the leaves to find out how many there are of each color?
  • Tell someone about your work. Then ask them how they would sort the leaves.
  • What else could you sort in your home? You could sort leaves, toys, coins, colored pieces of paper, clothes, and snacks.